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Yair Lapid Mistakenly Quotes Saudi Foreign Minister as Praising Israel

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Times of Israel – Finance Minister Yair Lapid this week quoted the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia as publicly making a staunchly pro-Israel statement, but that statement was never uttered, The Times of Israel has established.

Lapid, speaking at a counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya on Monday, quoted Prince Saud al-Faisal as calling for coexistence with Israel and denouncing “hatred for the Jewish state.” However, it turns out, Faisal never made such a statement, nor any statement remotely resembling it. In fact, during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Faisal came out strongly against Israel, slamming it as a “tyrant regional power” trying to eradicate the Palestinians.

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