Inside the effort to create a far-reaching U.S.-Saudi-Israeli pact to end the war (NBC News)

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    Inside the effort to create a far-reaching U.S.-Saudi-Israeli pact to end the war – By Anna Schecter (NBC News) / Jan 18, 2024

    The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are pushing a broad plan, but a key issue is the creation of a Palestinian state, a step many Israelis are hesitant to take after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack.

    TEL AVIV — Eleven days ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived for a private meeting in a lavish tent with ruby red rugs and low burgundy cushions in the western Saudi Arabian oasis town of Al Ula, home to ancient Nabatean ruins. The tent is guarded by layers of Saudi security that protect the nearby winter camp of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was a participant in a series of high-stakes meetings with the crown prince in recent weeks involving American lawmakers and diplomats hoping to rekindle a potential treaty between Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States. Their ambitious goal is to hammer out a framework for concluding the Israel-Hamas war, stabilizing the Middle East and paving the way for some form of Palestinian self-governance in the Gaza Strip.

    The big question is: Will the Israeli government — and the Israeli public — accept a path to Palestinian state in exchange for an American-backed peace treaty with Saudi Arabia?

    CONITNUE > https://www.nbcnews.com/investigations/effort-create-far-reaching-us-saudi-israeli-pact-end-war-rcna134396

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