The U.S. unveiled its long-awaited peace initiative for an Israeli-Palestinian deal with great fanfare late last month.
The proposal, which Trump delivered standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would give Israel most of what it has sought during decades of conflict. This includes the disputed city of Jerusalem and recognition of Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Palestine has rejected the U.S. proposal outright, while Israel strongly supports it.
“What I have seen so far of that deal is that it is trying to make of Palestine what I can call a Frankenstein creation,” Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al Faisal told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the Milken Institute MENA Summit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
It is “generally just a monstrous conception of a Palestinian state. It’s rightful capital Jerusalem is stripped from it, so that takes away its heart, and its borders are undefined and that takes away its soul.”
“So, it is not going to go very far — not only in our part of the world — but the whole world has rejected it,” Al Faisal said.
The White House was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC on Tuesday.
A ‘step back’ on Palestine
His comments come one week after the European Union rejected parts of Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East.
The bloc, which took time to respond in order to allow for unanimity from all of its members, said on Feb. 4 that the plan departed from “internationally agreed parameters,” Reuters reported.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry has since described the EU’s position as “regrettable and, to say the least, odd.”
When asked about the perception of the Trump administration in the region, Al Faisal replied: “On Palestine, definitely it is a step back, as I told you. They have abandoned all of the legitimate history and weight of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and adopted a course that is very much one-sided.”
“As far as Iran is concerned, he’s definitely, in my view, taken the right course. Because the nuclear deal allowed Iran, instead of becoming a constructive partner in the Middle East, to be a destructive player in the Middle East.”
“So, reconvening that negotiation and that deal is what he’s offering. The Iranians have not accepted renegotiating the deal and I think they should,” Al Faisal said.