Saudi Arabia condemns Israel for ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia accused Israel of the “Judaization” of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the construction of hundreds of new housing units. 

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on Monday accused Israel of engaging in efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency.

Referring to Jerusalem as “occupied Al-Quds,” the kingdom criticized Israel’s recently announced plans to build an additional 566 homes in the Israeli capital as well as another 2,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria.

“(The cabinet) condemned the Israeli authorities’ approval to construct hundreds of new settlement units inside the settlements already established in the territories of the occupied Al-Quds,” wrote the Saudi Press Agency.

“These actions aimed at the Judaization of large parts of the West Bank, including Al-Quds, are contrary to the will of the international community…and against bringing peace and stability in the region.”

Saudi Arabia’s condemnation was made in an atmosphere in which Israeli and Saudi officials have been communicating with regards to tackling mutual security threats, such as a resurgent Iran.

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News