Saudi Cleric Proposes Muslim-Christian-Jewish Peace Delegation to Jerusalem

The head of the Muslim World League has proposed a Muslim-Christian-Jewish interfaith delegation to visit the holy city of Jerusalem and promote peace by finding common ground between all the Abrahamic religions.

Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, who is an ally of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), told Fox News in an interview: “We should send a peace convoy that is representative of all three Abrahamic religions. They should be Muslim, Christian and Jews and they should visit all holy sites. “They should meet everyone and find common ground, and they should provide fertile ground to find solutions for peace.”

This initiative is highly significant given the fact that Saudi Arabia has no formal diplomatic relations with Israel, and that much of the Arab world does not recognize Israel as a country.

Dr Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League

The former Saudi justice minister added that the interfaith delegation should be “independent of politics” and “should have no political agenda. They will be more influential without a political agenda because they are independent.” Such a visit “is not from Saudi Arabia and it should not represent Saudi Arabia. It comes from the Muslim world, the Christian world and the Jewish world. It has no relevance to any country whatsoever,” al-Issa said.

The Muslim World League (MWL) is a non-government organization of Sunni scholars, based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Al-Issa has in the past spoken out strongly against Holocaust denial — prevalent in the Arab world — calling the Nazi extermination program “among the worst human atrocities ever.”

Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but authorities from Tel-Aviv have frequently hinted at secret relations with Riyadh as both countries share a common fear of Iran’s aggression. The rumours of covert relations have been denied by Saudi Arabian officials. However, a Saudi general visited Jerusalem in 2016 and met Israeli lawmakers, and also met with Israeli officials on several occasions in public also.

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