Riyadh (Web Desk): Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto leader held the stance that Israel has a "right" to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom's position published Monday.

According to details, in response to the question that if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, Mohammed bin Salman expressed, "I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land . But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."

The government of Saudi Arabia and Israel still lack any formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements in their ties have accelerated in recent years.

The two states consider Iran as their biggest outside threat and the United States as their key ally, and both see danger from armed Islamist extremists.

Israel 's conflict with the Palestinians has long proved an obstacle to a full rapprochement, however, as Riyadh still supports their claim to sovereignty.

But now Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaking to the editor-in-chief of US news magazine The Atlantic, appeared to put the rival land claims on an equal footing.

The story is originally published by ‘mail online’