The normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel is as soon as once more within the information, in what has turn into a ‘will they not need them’ scenario. Israel is eager to have formal ties with Saudi Arabia as a result of it’s the richest Arab nation within the Center East and has the burden and affect that make it crucial participant in regional politics.
Saudi Arabia, after all, already has relations with Israel, and Israeli firms function within the Kingdom, together with these answerable for safety throughout the Hajj interval in Mecca. Nevertheless, the nation is eager to keep up formal relations with the apartheid state in an effort to acquire US weapons provides and have its personal uranium enrichment facility.
For the US, having a proper and clean relationship between its two most essential allies within the Center East will likely be good for its personal international coverage. Washington’s pursuits within the area will likely be protected and the nation will be capable to implement its insurance policies with relative ease.
The losers in all this are the Palestinians. Saudi Arabia is not any pal of the Palestinians, regardless of current claims by Riyadh’s international minister that an impartial state of Palestine is important to attain normalization. Riyadh has been opposing official Palestinian resistance for greater than twenty years. As well as, the nation has imposed strict restrictions on charities working within the occupied Palestinian territories and on the switch of donations from Saudi residents to the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip.
Anybody who reveals any type of help for the Palestinian trigger can anticipate a jail sentence or worse
Throughout Israel’s 17-year, crippling siege of the Gaza Strip, Saudi Arabia has successfully deserted the Palestinians dwelling there. Saudi imams are banned from praying for Palestinians or mentioning them of their supplications at mosques throughout the dominion, particularly in Mecca and Medina. Anybody who reveals any type of help for the Palestinian trigger can anticipate a jail sentence or worse.
I’ve heard Muslim pilgrims complain that they have been repressed by safety officers on the Grand Mosque in Mecca once they prayed for the Palestinians, Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. An attraction to the Almighty to rid Palestine and Al-Aqsa from the Zionists is solely not allowed by the Saudi regime.
With the normalization of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Palestinians will lose a fair-weather “pal” who was shy in coping with the Israelis. This embarrassment prompted Riyadh to throw some crumbs to the Palestinians out of disgrace and embarrassment. Now it is all out within the open; Saudi Arabia even has somebody in Riyadh who declares himself the “Chief Rabbi” of the dominion.
The PA… exists solely to guard Israel and the Israeli occupation
What about Saudi help for the Palestinian Authority, you could ask? The PA doesn’t work for the Palestinians; it exists solely to guard Israel and the Israeli occupation. PA safety officers are by no means there to guard Palestinians when they’re attacked and abused by unlawful Jewish settlers within the occupied West Financial institution. Palestinians who have interaction in official – below worldwide legislation – resistance to the occupation are hunted down, tortured and imprisoned by the PA. When the Israeli occupation forces killed 5 Palestinians in Jenin the day earlier than yesterday, the PA was busy detaining Palestinians in Nablus and different West Financial institution cities.
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Saudi International Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan instructed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June that regional normalization with Israel has “restricted advantages” with out giving Palestinians their very own state. “We imagine that normalization is in one of the best pursuits of the area, and would convey important advantages to all,” he mentioned. So long as Saudi Arabia believes that the advantages come from the Zionist entity killing your Palestinian brothers, occupying their land, demolishing their houses and desecrating non secular websites, you then clearly do not care about them.
“With out discovering a path to peace for the Palestinian folks, with out addressing this problem, any normalization could have restricted advantages,” the minister added. What peace does Saudi Arabia need? The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative proposed by the Saudi regime referred to as for 2 states in Palestine, one for Jews within the territories occupied in 1948 and the opposite for Palestinians within the land occupied in 1967, in alternate for normalized relations.
The Saudis have been thus prepared to desert greater than two-thirds of historic Palestine and primarily condone the ethnic cleaning of the nation from earlier than 1948 to as we speak; the Nakba is underway. Have the Saudis not but understood that Israel has by no means, ever made any concessions on territorial or different points? And that Zionism calls for the creation of Higher Israel? The usurper state is consistently increasing, which is why Israel has by no means indicated the place its borders are. They are going to be wherever Israel can push them. All this occurred whereas the so-called ‘peace course of’ was underway; even now that the ‘normalization’ and the ‘Abraham Accords’ have been signed.
The Saudi international minister has repeatedly talked about Saudi circumstances for normalization, which embody the institution of a Palestinian state within the land occupied by Israel since 1967, alongside a Jewish state. “There isn’t a different method to resolve the battle than by making certain the institution of an impartial Palestinian state,” he mentioned on Monday. Israeli Channel 12 TV has reported that senior Saudi officers have mentioned the Kingdom is not going to signal a “free” normalization deal because the UAE and Bahrain did.
That is all a smokescreen. I am certain the Saudis do not care concerning the Palestinians. That is evident from the way in which the regime continues to reward Israelis and demonize Palestinians, to the extent that talking of supporting the Palestinian resistance in opposition to the Israeli occupation has turn into against the law, whereas displaying help for the Israeli occupation has turn into the norm. The Saudi media receives Israelis, however not Palestinians who oppose the Israeli occupation. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman mentioned this on Wednesday Fox information that we’re “getting nearer day-after-day to normalizing ties with Israel.” “We don’t view Israel as an enemy, we view them as a possible ally with many pursuits that we will pursue collectively,” Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler mentioned. The Atlantic Ocean final yr.
An announcement a few normalization cope with Israel that ignores official Palestinian rights is simply a matter of time. I anticipate this to occur very quickly, as a result of the Kingdom doesn’t care about Palestine or Jerusalem; it is about Israel.
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