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A member of Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi's delegation holds up a Torah scroll during a morning prayer service in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Israeli Government Delegation Holds Jewish Prayer Service in Saudi Arabia

Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi participated in a morning prayer service in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, October 3, complete with a Torah scroll dedicated to the ruler of the kingdom, as it strides toward normalization with the Jewish state.

The service, which included a quorum or minyan of at least 10 men, took place in Karhi’s hotel and included three Jews who were in Riyadh but were not part of Karhi’s delegation.

Pictures released by Karhi’s office showed participants wearing traditional prayer shawls and holding an etrog alongside palm, myrtle, and willow branches, part of a special rite for the Sukkot holiday.

They also read from a small Torah scroll, provided by a “local Jew”, according to Karhi’s spokesman. The scroll was wrapped in a felt cover, with stitching in English, Hebrew, and Arabic reading “The Jewish Congregation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Meanwhile, apart from Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi’s prior opposition, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah also spoke against the possibility of a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Nasrallah said that “any country that might sign a normalization agreement should be condemned and held accountable for its actions.” (TOI / VFI News)

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