In an interview with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince published a few days ago, the powerful reformist openly criticized Iran nuclear deal struck during Obama’s presidency and asserted that Israel has the right to exist and have its own land, as do the people of Palestine.
While the 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, voiced fierce opposition against the leaders of Arab, he was quick to defend President Donald Trump’s international policies – especially those pertaining to Palestine-Israel conflict.
‘Israel has the Right to Have its Own Land’
The full interview, which was first published by The Atlantic, revealed Mohammed bin Salman’s views on the Palestinian crisis which were surprisingly different from that of other Arab nations – including Saudi Arabia itself – given that they refuse to recognize Israel as a country or have any diplomatic relations with it.
The 32-year-old displayed a far more lenient attitude towards the Jewish state and said both Palestine and Israel have the right to live peacefully in their own lands. The prince’s remarks may be welcomed in Israel but they have sparked anger in the rest of the Middle East, including Mohammed bin Salman’s own family, who would like to see him gone forever.
The 32-year-old seems to be eager to dismantle the traditional Saudi order with his liberal beliefs, but the reformist prince has made many dangerous enemies along the way including ISIS, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah – and even members of his own family who were thrown into prison at his order for corruption charges.
The prince seems to have a strict stance on expropriation of national wealth, which is arguably the biggest feature of monarchy. However, it is important to note that he recently spent half a million dollars on his shiny new yacht and failed to give an account of his luxurious purchases.
Supreme Leader of Iran, Worse than Hitler?
Even though Saudi Arabia and Israel have no formal relationship due to a long-standing animosity between the two nations, the de-facto Arab leader has taken a much softer stance on the Jewish country in comparison to his predecessors who refused to recognize it as a sovereign state.
The 32-year-old no longer views Israel as the enemy; instead, he believes that that the Jewish state could prove to be a key ally in Saudi Arabia’s cold war against Iran. The prince, who is actively seeking ways to end the kingdom’s dependence on oil and turn it into an economic and technological hub, thinks that a cooperative relationship with its Jewish Neighbor could give Saudi Arabia’s economy the boost it is desperately in need of.
Mohammed also voiced strong opposition against Iran by calling its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, ‘worse than Hitler’. The Prince said that everyone thinks that Hitler was the worst leader there ever was, but he was only trying to conquer Europe; on the other hand, Khamenei is much more evil since he wants to rule the whole world. He added that Iran’s Supreme Leader is the Hitler of Middle East and must be stopped before he starts another Holocaust.
Prince’s Criticism Towards Obama’s Nuclear Deal
When asked what he thought about Iran’s nuclear deal which was struck during Obama’s presidency, the Prince backed Donald Trump’s stance and said that Obama was optimistic that the nuclear deal would change Iran and improve its economy but a regimen that relies so heavily on Islamic theocracy can never truly change.
Mohammed said that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is in control of the 60 per cent of the country’s economy and not a single housing project, highway or industrial zone has been funded with the $150 billion the country earned from the nuclear deal.
The prince criticized Obama’s decision to strike a nuclear deal with a country like Iran and hand them the weapons of mass destruction which could start a war in the Middle East. Last year, Salman replaced his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, to become the first in line for the Saudi crown. Nayef was ordered to step aside by the current king due to his addiction to drugs which made him unfit for the powerful role. The new heir to the throne is in control of the royal family’s vast fortune, the kingdom’s military and Saudi Arabia’s economic and diplomatic future.