Graham: Peace Deal Between Israel, Saudi Arabia Will Still Happen

"I've never felt better about the drive to peace by Saudi, Israel, and the United States"
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South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham asserted that the nascent peace deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which had looked imminent in the days before Iran’s proxy Hamas attacked Israel, still looks like it will come to fruition.

Graham appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” with host Kristen Welker, who noted, “So you’ve just gotten off of the phone with Israeli and Saudi officials. You have new information. What can you tell us?”

“I will be going to Saudi Arabia and Israel in the coming days with a group of senators,” Graham announced. “The drive to peace and normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel continues. There’s a desire by both parties to move forward in this effort to normalize relationships.”

“Israel is talking about humanitarian aid. They’re going to turn the water on in the South. They’re urging the Egyptians to let people from Gaza go into the Sinai,” Graham continued. “To our friends in Israel, you need the time and space to destroy Hamas. All Palestinians are not the same. If Hamas is destroyed, Israel is safer, and the pathway to peace between the Palestinians and the world gets wider. So I start this morning somewhat optimistic that Iran’s goal to destroy the peace process between Israel and Saudi Arabia will fail.”

“I’ve never felt better about the drive to peace by Saudi, Israel, and the United States shall continue,” Graham declared. “We need to change the world as it is. Nothing would change the world for the better more than Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States to form agreements to end the Arab/Israeli conflict as we know it.”


Graham pointed out, “Israel is trying to find a safe place for Gaza residents. Hamas is trying to stop them from leaving. Israel is trying to encourage them to leave. Our friends in Egypt, you have it in your power to give Gaza residents a safe place. This will be a World-War-Two-type operation, where you go in and destroy the regime, Hamas, and over time, replace it with something else, like we did Germany and Japan. But the Israelis do not want to kill innocent people. They’re going to turn the water on. Every death going forward I blame on Hamas, not Israel.”

On the same program, Welker asked National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan if talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia were “off for now.”

“Actually, Secretary [of State] Blinken was just in Saudi Arabia, just had the opportunity to see the crown prince and other senior officials in that government as part of a region-wide tour where he’s been talking to the leaders of all or many of the major Middle Eastern countries,” Sullivan answered. “For the moment, the focus has to be on helping Israel defend itself against the brutal terrorism of Hamas. And we will have opportunities as we go forward to look at diplomatic initiatives like normalization that help lead to a long-term more stable, more integrated region.”

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