Iran’s Khamenei criticizes Arab-Israel normalization bids

Voice of America News reports: “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that efforts underway to normalize ties between Israel and Arab countries will not resolve the crisis in the Middle East.

‘Some people think that by forcing neighboring countries to normalize their ties [with Israel] the problem will be solved,’ Khamenei said in remarks made Wednesday. ‘They are wrong.’

Khamenei’s remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said Washington is nearly ready with a security package to offer Saudi Arabia if it normalizes relations with Israel.

Saudi Arabia had been in talks over a potential normalization with Israel, but they were paused when the Gaza war broke out…”

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