Saudi king reassures Arab allies, contradicting Middle East peace plan, which cannot address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ privilege of return, facilitating their worries that the kingdom may back an incipient United States bargain which lines up with Israel on key issues.
King Salman’s private assurances to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his open barrier of longstanding Arab positions as of late have helped turn around discernments that Saudi Arabia’s position was changing under his intense youthful child, Crown Prince Mohammed receptacle Salman, ambassadors and examiners said.
Thus, this has raised doubt about whether Saudi Arabia, the origin of Islam and site of its holiest places of worship, can rally Arab bolster for another push to end the Israeli-Palestinian question, with an eye to moving in against shared adversary Iran.
A senior Arab diplomat said in a statement in Riyadh that, “In Saudi Arabia, the king is the one who decides on this issue now, not the crown prince. The US mistake was they thought one country could pressure the rest to give in, but it’s not about pressure. No Arab leader can concede on Jerusalem or Palestine.”
Such an arrangement would wander from the Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002 in which Arab countries offered Israel ordinary ties as a return for the statehood manage the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from domain caught in 1967.
Independent analyst Neil Partrick, lead contributor and editor of the ‘Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation’ stated that, “So MbS won’t oppose Kushner’s ‘deal’, but neither will he, any longer, do much to encourage its one-sided political simplicities.”
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