ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Official says Israel-US fully coordinated on Saudi nuclear program

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US President Joe Biden and his team meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023. (Avi Ohayon, GPO)
US President Joe Biden and his team meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023. (Avi Ohayon, GPO)

There is “full coordination” between Israel and the US on the issue of a Saudi civilian nuclear program, says a senior Israeli official after the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Saudi Arabia has reportedly asked the US to green-light its development of a civilian nuclear program in exchange for the kingdom normalizing relations with Israel.

Israel has long opposed such a move if it includes uranium enrichment on Saudi soil.

The official also says “there is a good chance we will succeed” in finding a path to an Israel-Saudi normalization deal. The official says he’d estimate there is a 50.1% chance.

Netanyahu is not going to change his coalition makeup in order to reach a deal with Saudi Arabia, says the official. At the same time, he is open to including any new members who accept the principles of the coalition.

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