US President Joe Biden will carry a “message of peace and hope” to Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday.
As part of a tour that will also include the West Bank city of Ramallah and Saudi Arabia, Biden is scheduled to arrive in Israel this week.
At the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Lapid said, “From Jerusalem, the US president’s plane will fly to Saudi Arabia, and he will carry with it a message of peace and hope from us.”
He added, “Israel reaches out to all the countries in the region and calls on them to build ties with us, to establish relations with us and to change history for the sake of our children.”
In a move decried by Palestinians as a “stab in the back,” Israel signed US-sponsored agreements to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, in 2020.