Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud in Riyadh.
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Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem's status or refugees' right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.King Salman's private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his public defense of long-standing Arab positions in recent months have helped reverse perceptions that Saudi Arabia's stance was changing under his powerful young son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, diplomats and analysts said.Such a plan would diverge from the Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002 in which Arab nations offered Israel normal ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967 .Saudi officials have denied any difference between King Salman, who has vocally supported that initiative, and Prince Mohammad, who has shaken up long-held policies on many issues and told a U.S. magazine in April that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land – a rare statement for an Arab leader.Independent analyst Neil Partrick said King Salman appears to have reined in Prince Mohammad's "politically reckless approach" because of Jerusalem's importance to Muslims.
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