Israelis have right to their own land, Saudi crown prince says

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He added, when asked whether the the kingdom, ruled by an absolute monarchy, could move to a democratic system, that: "What I can do is encourage the power of law".

The crown prince's statements on women's rights in Saudi Arabia came during his interview with The Atlantic's Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg published on Monday.

"But I believe that Bashar's interests is not to let the Iranians do whatever they want to do", he concluded, hopeful that despite the American decision, Syrian President Bashar Assad would not become an 'Iranian puppet'.

"I believe that the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good".

Don't believe the ridiculous notion that the world's most oppressive region has turned the corner towards peace. They are both evil guys.

Some experts say this could lead to catastrophe in the Middle East, where Iran supports numerous proxies and armed groups fighting against US interests, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The GCC, an economic umbrella led by Saudi Arabia, encompasses most countries in the Persian Gulf. At the same time, the Crown Prince expressing personal views in his official capacity is, well, "official". A Proxy War between Iran and Saudi Arabia is already burning the Middle East. There is no Wahhabism. We don't believe we have Wahhabism.

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The remarks by the prince, Saudi's effective ruler, incrementally advanced Saudi Arabia's willingness to publicly engage with Israel. "Some families like to have authority over their members, and some women don't want the control of the men", he said.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the Muslim faithful during Friday prayers at Tehran University, June 2009.

A son of the late King Abdullah, the prince was once the governor of the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Speaking with The Atlantic, bin Salman said he had no "religious objection" to Israelis and Palestinians living together in any permanent settlement.

"The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques [King Salman} emphasised the necessity of moving the peace process track in the Middle East within the framework of global efforts, assuring the kingdom's firm positions on the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as its capital", the news agency said.

If, rather when, the prince succeeds his father to the Saudi throne, he will also land the responsibility of protecting Islam's sanctuaries but the prince elaborated that he had "no religious objection" to Israelis living alongside Palestinians as long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem is safe.

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