Palestine is no longer a priority for Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Abdul Aziz ibn Saud understood the utility of being a British puppet early on. By surrendering to the British, he secured vital support that brought the entire Arabian Peninsula under his family’s control.

In Ta’if, Ibn Saud’s Wahhabis committed their customary massacres, slaughtering women and children as well as going into mosques and killing traditional Islamic scholars.[18] They captured the holiest place in Islam, Mecca, in mid-October 1924. How Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 In the Middle East, a new strategic axis bringing together Turkey and Iran is indeed becoming more and more real. Supported by Qatar and sponsored by Russia, this camp seems on a roll, and, turning its back on the Syrian crisis that deeply divided the region, it seems these days that it wants to put the Palestinian question at the forefront of its priorities

The other camp is represented by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. This trio, which established the blockade on Qatar in June, has also forged the strongest ties with Israel over the past few months.
Without any complexes, the proponents of that line have imposed a wall of silence on those who tried to criticise their policies by repeated arrests of all those opposing their line (emir, ministers or ulemas). They are also openly calling for the establishment of a new alliance with Tel Aviv.

The ‘Iranian expansionism’

According to these countries, “Iranian expansionism” is the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East. In this context, the Palestinian cause cannot be considered a priority anymore, and it is up to the Arab states to ally together with the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government to face up to a common enemy.
 Saudi novelist Turki al-Hamad, a dominant figure of the Saudi literature scene and a man listened to by the highest-ranking leaders of the kingdom, has declared: “Palestine is no longer the Arab’s first cause after its people sold it out.”
The leaders of these three countries – Bahrain, a de facto a Saudi protectorate, can be added to this axis – seem particularly disturbed by the Istanbul summit, manifested by the low-level representation they dispatched to Istanbul.

While Cairo and Abu Dhabi sent their foreign ministers, Riyad “only” sent its minister of religious affairs.
As the Jerusalem question dominates the international debates, it remains the one issue that has historically brought together a divided Arab and Muslim world. There is no doubt that the Saudi-led position on Iranian expansionism may aggravate the legitimacy deficit of these three regimes in the Muslim world.
Criticised by numerous observers as “Arab zionists”, there is little chance that this camp can act in the interest of the Palestinians.
Worse still, some leaks in the Israeli and American press have revealed that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem would not have been taken without the support and backing of some Arab countries like Egypt or Saudi Arabia.
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