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Saudi Crown Prince recognise Israelis right to their own land

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Saudi Crown Prince recognise Israelis right to their own land

In a major development bringing Saudi Arabia and Israel closer, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, has virtually recognised Israel, stressing that Israelis are entitled to their own land. The two countries do not enjoy diplomatic relations or air-travel connection.

In the surprising move, MBS brought the behind-the-scene activities in full public view, while responding to questions during an exclusive interview with Jeffrey Goldberg  of US news magazine Atlantic in Washington, said, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” The interview was published on Monday.

He further said, “But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.” Both Saudi Arabia and Israel consider Iran as their biggest enemy and United States as their key ally.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince MBS told the American journalist that he had no “religious objection” to Israelis living alongside Palestinians, so long as the main Muslim holy site in Jerusalem — the Al-Aqsa mosque compound — is protected.

He was quoted saying, “We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people.”

The Saudi powerful crown prince said that Kingdom has no problems with Jews and that “there are a lot of interests we share with Israel”. He expressed his country’s readiness to establish economic ties with Tel Aviv after settlement of Israel-Palestine conflict.

MBS statement is considered to be an important step towards normalisation of ties between Saudi Arabia, the home to the two grand mosques of Muslim world and Israel. This may affect the regional dynamics in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have any official diplomatic relations. However, news reports have revealed behind the scene diplomatic and intelligence cooperation. Riyadh’s ties with Palestinian National Authority headed by Mehmoud Abbas have been deteriorating, especially after Trump’s Jerusalem move.

According to Israel’s leading newspaper Haaretz, there are regular meetings between the officials of the two countries in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and US coordinate.

In August 2016, some journalists in Saudi Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia had started shifting its tone towards Israel and had started to criticise anti-Semitism in Arab countries. Israeli media described the move an apparent media campaign to shape a positive public opinion for deepening the ties between the two countries.

Since 2002, Saudi Arabia has been working hard to achieve the US sponsored  Arab Peace Initiative, which envisions a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

So far no senior Saudi official has accepted that Israel has a “right” to any land beyond the practical need to secure a lasting deal.

After 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran had severed all diplomatic and economic ties with Israel. Iran does not recognise the legitimacy of Israel as a state. Iranian media calls Israel as Zionist entity and avoids calling it a country.

Saudi Crown Prince recognise Israelis right to their own land

Tehran does not support US sponsored two-state solution. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had in recent months reiterated that Israel will not see 25 more years of its existence. A countdown watch at main squares in Tehran are already showing the remaining days of Israel’s existence.

Iranian leaders say that earlier Israel used to argue for its expansion from Nile to Euphrates. But due to sense of insecurity in the changed scenario Israel is now building boundary walls for its protection.

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.

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Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.

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1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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