An Israeli yesterday celebrated “peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia” by waving the kingdom’s flag in occupied Jerusalem, local media reported.
The Israeli foreign ministry released a video on Twitter showing the citizen waving the Saudi flag and expressing his desire to visit the Saudi.
إسرائيلي يرفع العلم السعودي في أورشليم القدس قائلا: "كلي امل ان يتحقق السلام مع السعودية واتمكن من زيارتها فيما يتمكن السعوديون من زيارة اسرائيل"@yankihebrew pic.twitter.com/37SPKFx2Zc
— إسرائيل بالعربية (@IsraelArabic) August 21, 2019
“I’m optimistic that peace between Saudi Arabia and Israel happens,” the Israeli citizen said.
“I hope I can visit the kingdom soon,” he added.
The video comes at a time of increased public links between Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have no official diplomatic ties.
Earlier this month, Saudi women’s activist Souad Al-Shammari told Israeli TV that “most Saudis” wish to visit the occupation state.
In an interview on Israeli Public Broadcaster (Kan) Al-Shammari said: “Visiting Israel is probably the dream of many Saudis and those of the Gulf and Arab states alike.”
Last month, Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud toured occupied Jerusalem following an invitation from Tel Aviv. He met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair and visited the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque however he was forced out of the area after he was insulted by Palestinian worshippers who called him a “traitor”.
Saudi King Salman regularly reiterates the kingdom’s commitment to attaining the rights of Palestinians however his son, the de facto ruler of the oil-rich state, has been seen to be cosying up to Western states and Israel to ensure his continued reign.