WHEN a variety of Arab countries– led by the UAE– recognized ties with Israel last year under the so-called Abraham Accords, the million-dollar question was (and also remains) when Riyadh would develop links with Tel Aviv.
There has been conjecture in the media regarding secret meetings, with one record stating that Israeli Head of state Benjamin Netanyahu met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed container Salman in the north Saudi area of Neom last November. Riyadh flatly rejected the meeting took place, though Saudi officials, including the all-powerful crown prince, have softened their tone in the direction of the Jewish state. In the most up to date indicator that perspectives are transforming, Saudi Foreign Minister Royal prince Faisal container Farhan just recently told CNN that normalisation with Israel would certainly bring “tremendous advantage to the region”. In the very same breath he included that Saudi-Israel ties depended upon the establishment of a Palestinian state– Riyadh’s standard line.
Plainly, initiatives are afoot to establish ties, yet the ‘thorny’ concern of Palestine and its people stands in the method. The reality is that there are quite a few common measures in between Saudi Arabia and also Israel. Mainly, they are both participants of the US-led geopolitical bloc, while both states share fantastic animus in the direction of Iran– a feeling reciprocated by the Islamic Republic. However, while it was relatively very easy for the UAE and Bahrain to make public their connections with Israel, Saudi Arabia faces a tougher difficulty, as it holds Islam’s holiest sites. As a result, if it honestly courts Israel, it will be seen as ‘betraying’ the Palestine cause.
The truth is that the Arab states that have rushed to develop ties with Israel had currently ditched Palestine. The tranquility procedure is almost dead while the two-state option remains in intensive treatment, repeatedly battered by a savage and ruthless Israeli facility that is unwilling to see a sensible Palestinian state, non-starters like Donald Trump’s ‘bargain of the century’ regardless of. In such a scenario, any type of Muslim state that establishes connections with Israel has virtually deserted Palestine.