A deal that would have Saudi Arabia recognize Israel has not yet been codified, according to the White House, which stated this on Wednesday.
National security spokesperson John Kirby told a briefing that “there’s still a lot of discussing to happen here.” “We and our friends in the region do not have any agreed-upon framework for normalization negotiations or any other security concerns,” the statement reads.
The announcement follows earlier today’s media reports that Saudi Arabia and the US were negotiating a “new deal” that might result in the Kingdom and Israel’s relations becoming normal within nine to twelve months. According to a Wall Street Journal story, Saudi Arabia and the US were negotiating the deal’s broad terms, which include significant Israeli concessions in favor of a Palestinian state.
According to commentators, a recent flurry of high-profile US official trips to Saudi Arabia highlights how relations have improved.
National security advisor to US President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, arrived in Jeddah over the weekend for a summit on Ukraine. This was Sullivan’s third trip to Saudi Arabia in the past few months. After he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he learned of the arrangement.
While Yemen and terrorism have been discussed in bilateral meetings, particularly during a three-day trip by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June, the possibility of normalizing Saudi-Israeli relations has consistently been on the menu.