Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's interview with Fox News caught Prime Minister Netanyahu in New York and his entourage unprepared. However, the promising declarations and optimism provided by bin Salman pleasantly surprised Netanyahu and his people.
Although statements by Biden, Netanyahu and bin Salman about peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia were made that day, at least on the Israeli side they did not know in advance about what CBS told Fox News, and did not know when they would be broadcast.
In other words, the prime minister and his people were surprised. The update came to them during a meeting between Netanyahu and South Korean President Yoon Suk Ol. On the Israeli side, naturally, there was great composure and an immediate understanding of the historical significance.
In the interview, bin Salman said of normalization with Israel: "This could be the biggest agreement since the Cold War." The Saudi crown prince also referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu, about whom he said: "We do not interfere in who runs the country." The prince also expressed his desire to end the war in Yemen, revealing that China had initiated the mediation of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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