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Member of Saudi Delegation: Israeli Society Wants Peace and Coexistence

Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim, a member of the Saudi Arabian delegation that recently visited Israel and who serves as director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Policy in Jedda, said on Friday that he thinks that the current stalemate in the peace process is due to lack of mutual trust between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

“When we dialogued with Mr. Dore Gold, members of Knesset, and members of organizations fighting for peace,” he said, “the disagreements did not relate to the Arab Peace Initiative. They accept the Arab Peace Initiative.

“Arab societies have this picture of Israeli society that it embraces a culture of death, wants to spill blood, and does not believe in peace. That is incorrect.” He continued, “The Israeli society that I encountered embraces a culture of peace, has accomplishments it wants to (protect), wants coexistence, and wants peace.”

Hakim also criticized those condemning his delegation’s visit as attempting to use the Palestinian issue for political gain. “Lets stop exploiting the Palestinian suffering and issue to achieve political gains in the region. We want to achieve a new reality for the Palestinian citizen, different from the miserable reality under which he currently lives.”

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