RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday slammed the policies of Israels new right-wing government as dangerous and an obstacle to Middle East peace efforts, and said only international pressure can change them. It is now clear that Israel, which has until now frustrated all peace efforts, whose new government has declared dangerous policies, cannot be expected to automatically change its stand, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters. This requires a solid and firm international action, especially on the part of the United States, to prompt Israel to change its policies which contravene... international legality and the requirements of peace. At a joint news conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, he said Arab states still backed the Saudi-crafted Arab Peace Initiative, and that it would remain on offer as long as Israel shows interest in reaching a peace deal. The Arab plan offers Israel full recognition in return for the creation of a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders. Prince Saud said negative remarks by the coalition government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman were taking the peace process back to square one. It is no exaggeration to say that the failure to put an end to this chronic struggle... has been behind dangerous phenomena that have swept many parts of the world such as terrorism, violence and extremism, he said. He cited the Israeli government continuing to allow expansion of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Miliband, in Riyadh for a British-Saudi Two Kingdoms dialogue, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to keep commitments made by their previous leaders in the peace process. It is very important that both sides adhere to the commitments of their predecessors, the Palestinians in respect to security improvement, for example, and the Israeli government in respect to the freeze on settlement activity, Miliband said. At this time the need for a peace plan has never been greater, he said. Meanwhile, twelve Palestinians were wounded when clashes erupted in a West Bank village after Israeli residents of a nearby settlement went on a rampage there, witnesses and medics said. The injured all suffered gunshot wounds and one of them was in serious condition, medics said. The clashes first involved Palestinians and settlers from Bat Ayin, where last week an axe-wielding Palestinian killed an Israeli teenager, and then turned into a confrontation between the Palestinians and the Israeli Army, they added. The incident began in the early morning hours when settlers from Bat Ayin went to a hilltop between their community and the Palestinian village of Safa to bless the sun in a prayer said once every 28 years. According to the Palestinians, the settlers then went on a rampage in the village, firing weapons and vandalising property. The settlers and the Israeli Army claimed that the clashes erupted when the Palestinians threw stones at the praying settlers. The Israeli army then deployed to the area to restore order, eventually firing on the Palestinian demonstrators. Six of the wounded Palestinians were injured as a result of fire from settlers and six as a result of army fire, Palestinian medics said.