Saudi historian, journalist and linguist Loay al-Shareef has filmed a video aimed at Israeli audiences in Hebrew, in which he clarifies that Israel should not be concerned about Riyadh’s recent declarations concerning nuclear weapons. “Has Saudi Arabi ever threatened its neighbors? The answer is no,” he said.

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After Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said that the kingdom may develop its own nuclear weapon if Iran becomes a nuclear state, a Saudi journalist and historian has turned to Israeli audiences with a surprising message. His statement, filmed completely in the Hebrew language, sought to calm concerns voiced by Israeli media about the kingdom’s nuclear ambitions.

In his video, Loay al-Shareef told Israelis that Saudi Arabia has never once threatened its neighbors or declared ambitions to expand its territory. Shareef explained that prince Salaman’s decelerations were a response to those who do pose a threat to their neighbors. “Read the news well, people of Israel,” Shareef concluded.

As previously reported by JOL, speaking to CBS’ Norah O’Donnell in his first interview with an American television network, Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old defense minister and crown prince said: “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

When asked by O’Donnell about Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Salman responded: “He wants to expand. He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time.”