President Ruto has shifted his stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict and now advocates for a Two-State Solution. 

In Summary:

• President Ruto pivots his stance regarding the Israel-Palestine war and advocates for a Two-State Solution.

• Ruto attends the first ever Saudi – Africa summit in Riyadh organized to strengthen diplomatic ties among the two communities.

In a surprising turn of events, Ruto has reversed his previous sentiments on the Israel-Palestine conflict, pivoting from his support for Israel to advocating for a two-state solution.

President Ruto in a meeting with Saudi Arabia Ministers for Energy and Finance Abdulaziz bin Salman and Mohammed Al-Jadaan in Riyadh/Photo Courtesy

Speaking during a meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi, Mohammed Bin Salman, President Ruto clarified that the Kenyan government is against all acts of terrorism & illegal occupation.

“We believe that terrorism cannot be an answer to any conflict, neither can occupation,” decreed the President during his speech.

President Ruto expressed his concerns for the people of Palestine and maintained that the Kenyan republic indeed regarded Palestine as a legitimate country on it’s own right.

Saudi leadership speaks during the Saudi – Africa summit/ Photo Courtesy

“We also believe that Palestine should be a free state and we stand for a two-state solution as a means of resolving the conflict,” concluded the President. This was during his speech in the first African – Saudi summit in Riyadh.

The Contradiction

Granted, this was the politically correct thing to say during a gathering put in place to bolster Africa-Saudi relations.

However, it was a clear contradiction of sentiments he had made earlier concerning the same conflict. Earlier, when the Israel – Palestine conflict had just began, President Ruto expressed his full support for the nation of Israel.

President Ruto shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu/Photo Courtesy

“Kenya joins the rest of the world in solidarity with the State of Israel and unequivocally condemns terrorism and the innocent civilians in the country. All acts of terrorism and violent extremism are criminal and unjustifiable,” said the president.

Whether this symbolizes a new era of diplomatic engagement or a calculated political maneuver, only time will reveal the true aftermath of President Ruto’s new stance. Rudi Nyumbani.

November 13, 2023

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