Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

In another major development, Israeli media has reported Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, recently saying US based Jewish groups that the Palestinian leadership must accept conditions for peace put forward by the administration of US President Donald Trump or keep their mouth shut.

The will-be-king of Saudi Arabia apparently harshly criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen), according to a cable sent to the Israeli foreign ministry by an Israeli diplomat in NY.

Bin Salman's criticism of Palestinian leadership was corroborated by an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by one of their diplomats in NY. The Saudi royal said Palestinian leaders should either accept peace proposals offered by the United States or "shut up".

"The Palestinian issue is not a top priority for the Saudi government or for the Saudi public", he reportedly said.

Channel 10 diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid repored a source briefed on the MBS meeting in NY as saying that some of those in attendance "literally fell off their chairs".

The meeting took place on March 27, just days before the Israeli military killed at least 16 Palestinians during the first Land Day protest near the Gaza-Israel border.

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The project will be built in Qiddiya area, some 40 km west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh.

Bin Salman reportedly pressured Abbas to accept the U.S. framework for peace after Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.

However, the Palestinian leadership has boycotted the White House since Trump's announcement in December.

The project is part of a sweeping reform and investment programme dubbed "Vision 2030", the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also attended the launch ceremony at the site on Saturday evening.

Commenting on the AME show, Saudi culture minister Awwad Alawwad - who initiated the event with his Egyptian counterpart - says: "It is a momentous occasion for Saudis".

Even so, the crown prince added, a formal peace agreement must be advanced before Arab states normalize relations with Israel.

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