The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reiterated its position that the Palestinian problem constitutes the core of the Arab-Israeli dispute and condemned the measures taken by the Israeli authorities to change the demographic structure of Jerusalem. The remarks of the Kingdom came in a speech delivered by Abdelrahman bin Suleiman Al-Ahmed, acting head of the Saudi Permanent Mission at the United Nations on Tuesday.
Mr. Al-Ahmed noted that the measures taken by Israel to expand the geographic boundaries of Jerusalem will isolate the Holy City from the rest of the territories of the West Bank and that such provocative acts by the Israeli government constitute a major element for instability in the Occupied Arab territories. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made it clear that no lasting peace would be realized in the Middle East without reaching a just solution to the issue of Jerusalem in line with UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 which stipulate Israeli withdrawal from the Arab territories occupied since 1967.
The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia views the Israeli decision pertaining to expansion of the geographical boundaries of Jerusalem as an illegal decision and flagrant violation of the international agreements, Mr. Al-Ahmed said. He added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two holy Mosques would like to deplore the attempts of the Israeli government to undermine the peace process and called on the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibility in this respect. "We do believe that the Security Council, in its capacity as the authority concerned with preservation of global peace and security, should take the appropriate measures to put an end to the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and any other Israeli violations to the international law and the resolutions of the Security Council," he said, adding, “we are hopeful that the Security Council will unwaveringly shoulder its responsibility towards Jerusalem.”