Saudi Arabia Condemns Israeli Prime Minister Remarks on Jerusalem

March 24, 2010

An official Saudi source delivered the following statement in response to remarks made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the United States:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns the remarks of the Israeli Occupation Authority’s Prime Minister in which he openly disrespects the legitimate rights of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims in the occupied Holy City of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)—completely disregarding any consideration of serious international efforts to resume the peace process.

It is astonishing that the Israeli official exploits his visit to the United States to make such remarks in the wake of Israel’s deliberate announcement during the recent visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Israel to build more illegal and illegitimate settlements. 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—which continues to urge the international community to shoulder its responsibility to address these intransigent, unilateral and anti-peace process polices—awaits clarification from the Quartet regarding the arrogant actions of Israel and its insistence in challenging international will. This constitutes a violation of international laws and legitimacy, and ignores all guarantees and assurances of the Quartet, since such remarks throw into question the entire peace process, including the seriousness of the current international efforts to launch peace talks.