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September 9, 2015 1:50 pm

Saudi General and Adviser to King Salman: I am Committed to Peace With Israel, and We Need Netanyahu

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Anwar Ashki, a close advisor of king Salman, said he supports peace with Israel. PHOTO: Screenshot.

Anwar Ashki, a close advisor of king Salman, said he supports peace with Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

A former Saudi general told i24news on Wednesday that he is committed to making peace with Israel, and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vital to that process.

Anwar Ashki, one of the new Saudi king’s closest advisers, is the director of the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies in Jeddah. He is the man through whom Saudi Arabia and Israel are currently conducting talks.

Ashki said that peace between Israelis and Palestinians has failed until now, because no plans were made to implement peace. This, he said, is a reason for the failure of Saudi Arabia’s own 2002 peace proposal.

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He also voiced positive views of Netanyahu, saying the Israeli leader is the key to establishing peace.

“We need Mr. Netanyahu, because he is a strong man, and he is a logical man. We need him to announce and accept a peace proposal.”

In contrast, Ashki expressed concern over Iran and its regional expansionism.

“Iran, thinking about the revival of the Persian Empire, are [sic] out to expand to Iraq and Syria until they reach to the Mediterranean, from which point they’ll set their sights onto Egypt and Europe. This is just a dream. Their methods for realizing their goals is destabilizing the area, and they can’t control all the havoc they have wreaked in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon etc,” he said.

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  • Emanuel

    Well said. Saudi can clean up more and will benefit everyone. Glad to have real allies not these fake friends who stab us in the back.

  • dante

    intelligent man. whatever differences, religious, cultural or other, that the Saudis have with Israel, intelligent Saudi observers realize that they can live with Israel. Israel is desirous of peaceful relations with Saudi Arabia; it has no hostile ambitions. (yes, Israel is determined to defend itself, to survive, but, despite hysterical agitation to the contrary, it has no ambitions hostile to the Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, etc., etc.; it prefers good relations with each of these countries.)

    the same cannot be said for Iran. Iran is contemptuous of the Arabs and it is determined to subjugate them. aas Gen. Ashki said, Iran has cultivated openly-declared imperial designs; at the very least, it intends to control the region.

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