Israelis, Palestinians have 'right' to their land, clarifies Saudi Crown Prince

Haider Ali 10:20 AM | 3 Apr, 2018
Israelis, Palestinians have 'right' to their land, clarifies Saudi Crown Prince
WASHINGTON - The crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman has expressed that  Israel has a 'right' to a homeland, signalling a visible shift in the diplomatic policy of the oil-rich state.

Mohammad bin Salman, known by the initials MBS made the remarks in an interview with US magazine The Atlantic when he was asked a point blank question: Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland?.

"I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation and Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land," said the defacto leader of the state, home to Islam's holiest sites.

The 32-year-old prince, who is on a three week US tour, continued that 'we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.'

To another question about a religion-based objection to the existence of Israel, Prince Mohammed replied that they have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people.

"This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people," he clarified in blunt remarks as he responded to Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.

Poised as the next King of Saudi Arabia, the crown prince went a mile more and expressed that there were a lot of interests we (KSA) share with Israel adding if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) and countries like Egypt and Jordan.

It is noteworthy that on the surface, Saudi Arab is seen as a rival of Israel, however, in the opaque world of Arab diplomacy, insiders keep on disclosing covert contacts between Riyadh and Knesset.

Saudi Arabia condemned US President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last year, but Arab officials told leading media outlets that Riyadh was on board with a broader US strategy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Iran's Hitlerism

Prince Salman, whose meteoric rise to the second spot in the royal hierarchy surprised political commentators brushed aside diplomacy when it came to Iran, expressing his views in strong-worded remarks.

Speaking of Ithe Shiite majority state, the Crown Prince said that "I believe the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good. Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. The supreme leader is trying to conquer the world.”

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs203,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,810.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs160,241 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 186,907.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100


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