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Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (1L) [Bandar Algaloud/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to back Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign.

According to Israeli sources Abbas was offered an ultimatum after he was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Bin Salman days after Us Presidential advisor Jared Kushner made an unannounced visit to the Saudi capital to meet the young crown prince. The two are reported to have thrashed out a plan in which Abbas seems to have had no say.

Riyadh had offered to normalise relations with Israel in 2002 on the condition that it agreed to the two-state formula, which more and more Israeli’s, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have rejected.

It’s still not clear what peace deal has been offered to Abbas, but Palestinians will be concerned by Bin Salman’s readiness to rally behind the US President who is described by close associates as the most pro-Israeli president in years. Trump is said to be drafting a deal put together by his son-in-law, Kushner, who is a strong advocate of Israel and his support for the country, say critics,  is odd even by American standards. Kushner has given money to Israeli settlements and his family are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli sources also mentioned that Abbas was instructed to stop any further rapprochement with Hamas; an ultimatum that could jeopardise the reconciliation process between the two main Palestinian rivals. If Israeli sources are to be believed than the ultimatum given by Bin Salman seems to be identical to the one made by Netanyahu who is also strongly opposed to the Palestinian unity government.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a central committee meeting of Fatah Movement in Ramallah, West Bank on September 13, 2017.
( Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency )

Though Abbas has rejected the claims made by the Israeli Channel 10, details of the meeting seems to be in line with the Saudi, UAE, Israeli and US vision for the region agreed prior to Trump’s inauguration.

It was widely reported that the US gave its backing for the unpredictable young prince while endorsing a regional plan that included unreserved support for Gulf monarchies; revision of the Iran nuclear deal; and a new Israel-Palestine peace plan.

The Saudis appear to be fully behind this deal whose blueprint has been drawn up by senior members of Trump’s exceptionally pro-Israeli administration.

Since his election, Trump has gone on to describe Saudi Arabia as a “magnificent country” while taking the unprecedented step of visiting the Gulf state in his first official visit, having condemned the rulers during his election campaign. Trump also struck a multibillion dollar deal with the Saudi royals in May.

Read: Saudi FM refuses to comment on Saudi-Israel cooperation

Trump’s new fondness for the Saudi’s saw him backing the Saudi-UAE media onslaught on Qatar and, last month, he announced he was decertifying the Iran nuclear accord. Last week, when Saudi Arabia arrested scores of princes and businessmen in an “anti-corruption” purge, the president also tweeted his support.

Palestinians no doubt had hoped that a Saudi crown Prince would be a trusted ally who could at the least present their cause with sympathy. They will be concerned over Bin Salman’s ultimatum, which appears to have been coordinated by people that support Netanyahu’s vision for the region which is nothing more than a “state-minus” for the Palestinians.

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  • Tzimmes

    The only solution is compromise on both sides, as long as the agenda of Abbas is a Hudna, in the hope of eventually destroying the Jewish state it is a non starter.

  • virgile

    MBS is getting into a very dangerous ground. Remember Sadat , and Sadat had much less enemies that MBS!

  • Terrence Cobblefish

    How much longer should the US gets entangled in this useless Goat-Shekel war?

    Its not like they’re fighting for Christians

    • Fazullah Kharoti

      all this for as long as the US is world power, which is not long. SO..

  • D Laurier Beaulieu

    The Palestinians have already agreed, some 20 years ago, to give up most of their country in exchange for being allowed to live in the remaining one quarter that they still mostly held at that time.
    The zionists pretended to accept the offer, and then took more land anyway. Breaking up the whole west bank into hundreds of tiny open air prisons, hemmed in by settlements on all sides.
    Their excuse?
    That Palestine refused to call them “jewish”.
    Why should Palestine call the zionists “jewish”?
    They are no more jewish than the native Palestinian jews, who were hunted and massacred by those same zionists.
    They are zionists. Zionism is a christian ideology. Not jewish.
    It is the belief that Jesus will return when a jewish king rules Jerusalem.
    It is a refutation of judaism.

    • si91

      “Their country”? They never had a country (unless you count Jordan, on 77% of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine). Moreover, you forget that the Palestinians didn’t adhere to their end of the agreement and stop terrorism.

      • L’Obelisk Jewellers


  • Cometofacts

    There is no doubt that Jewish state of Israel in Palestine was not legitimate. But now camel is inside the tent and now it is not possible to reverse the time but some other devices can be used by Muslims to live with peace and safety.

    It is a time of globalization and people belong to different faiths, races, nations, colors have started to live together in one country. In India Muslims have been living with Hindus for many centuries in spite of having a big difference in their faith and culture. Muslims and Jews alike share one thing in common, i.e.they all believe in the same God,the Creator and Master of the Universe. Also, they belong to the same denomination of God’s species and are referred to as humans. Furthermore, as inhabitants of the same country, they are mutual neighbors. This requires that they become friends to each other, with purity of heart and sincerity of intentions. They should dispose kindly to each other and be mutually helpful.

    Secondly, it is most important for Muslims to know that prophet of Islam(saw) is called the brother of the people of Israel. God spoke to Moses saying: ”The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deuteronomy18:15).

    The revelation the Quran is full of the descriptions of Israel Prophets like Jacob, Yusuf (Joseph), Ayyub (Job) Shuaib Moses, Haroon (Aaron) Dhul-Kifl (Ezekiel) Daud (David) Solomon, Ilyas (Elijah) Alyasa (Elisha) Yunus (Jonah) Zechariah, Yahya (John the Baptist) Jesus (Isaa) (peace be upon them ) etc. The Holy Quran has told about these exalted prophets and abut their teachings in detail in its revelation. Muslims believe in the truth of all these holy prophets of God equally and respect them as a part of their Islamic faith. Prophet of Islam(saw) is called in the Quran like prophet Moses(as). The revelation of Quran confirms that Jews or christian or followers of other religion have favor of God according to the truth of their knowledge and understanding: ”Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who believes in God, and believes in the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. [2:62]

    Thirdly, Islam is a universal religion for whole mankind and it is a religious duty of every Muslim to preach its message peacefully. Muslims of the area should struggle to give the peaceful message of Islam to the followers of prophet Moses(as) instead to make plans to destroy them and also put their own selves in destruction. People of Israel had twelve tribes and ten had accepted Islam in the very beginning of Islam who used to live in Eastern countries .

    There is no doubt, and no body deny that seventy, eighty years ago the area was ruled by the forefather of the Muslims of the area. The local Muslims of Palestine in the beginning had sold their land to Jews and provided them place to stand. After few decades Jews became too stable to control the area. The area where Muslims live under the rule of Israel government should obey the laws of their government. God Almighty advises in the Quran that after a conflict or war when peace is maintained by a party then nobody should try to disturb it . If the people under Israel government (either they are Muslims or Christians or followers of any other religion) have equal rights and safety and freedom of religion then it is their religious duty to be loyal and sincere to their government as God Almighty says that fitnah (disorder) is worse than killing (2-191)

    Secondly, this is holly because all prophets of Israel appeared in this area. Deep religious love and emotion of Jews and Christian naturally connect to this area. Muslims should respect their religious feelings. Muslims als love the area as they believe all Israel prophets also. There is a need to remove one prevailed misunderstanding among Muslims that prophet of Islam had physically visited Baitul Maqdas and all previous prophets followed him in prayer and then he traveled to heaven with a horse from here. It is just a human invented story of latter ignorant Muslims who had not thought deeply in the verses of the Quran and Ahadiths related to it.

    It was actually a divine kashaf (vision) of prophet of Islam(saw) and in this vision the following of all previous prophets to prophet of Islam(saw) in prayer, had this message that the followers of all others prophets will accept the message of Islam. Secondly a person makes his journey to heaven with spirituality and divinity of his heart instead of physical body therefore prophet of Islam (saw) did not physically come in this area but in a divine vision of his.

    Lastly, in the Quran God Almighty has advised Muslims to convert their whole attention to Mecca : [2:144] And thus have We made you an exalted nation, that you may be guardians over men, and the Messenger of God may be a guardian over you. And We did not appoint the Qiblah which thou didst follow, except that We might know him who follows the Messenger of God from him who turns upon his heels. And this is indeed hard, except for those whom Allah has guided. And it does not behove Allah to let your faith go in vain; surely, Allah is Compassionate and Merciful to the people. [2:145] Verily, We see thee turning thy face often to heaven; surely, then, will We make thee turn to the Qiblah which thou likest. So, turn thy face towards the Sacred Mosque; and wherever you be, turn your faces towards it. And they to whom the Book has been given know that this is the truth from their Lord; and Allah is not unmindful of what they do. [2:146] And even if thou shouldst bring every Sign to those who have been given the Book, they would never follow thy Qiblah; nor wouldst thou follow their Qiblah; nor would some of them follow the Qiblah of others. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to thee, then thou shalt surely be of the transgressors.

    These verses of the Holy Quran deliver the message that Muslims should convert their whole attention to Holy Khana Kabaa of Mecca as Mecca is the central point that is appointed by God Almighty to unite the whole mankind . Muslims of the local area have their political right to struggle for and negotiate their problems with the government of Israel but without relating their struggle to religion Islam. They should not call their wars for the sake of Islam and they should not motivate their innocent children to move in danger zone considering it a sacrifice for the sake of Islam. God Almighty has clearly advised : ”Do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction”

  • Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    I would like the borrow the phrase of Susan S Abuelhawa (a Palestinian American writer) and tell Mo Ben Salman, ” you can kiss my 100% Palestinian a$$.”

    • Mark Simons

      Or as they say in Yinglish, “kiss my Palestinian tuchus!”

  • Abdirahman Mohamed

    The only option left for Palestinians is what they abandon since Oslo agreement. Israelis and all Arab vassal kings can be defeated if Palestinians join Resistance

  • DEADP00L

    This prince guy is a real tool isn’t he? Like there has been nothing he hasn’t done that doesn’t serve a master.

  • Akikur Rahman

    Brother & Sister of Palestine you were sold out by Saudi and Egypt to Israel
    now what you going to do?
    Blame Iran for this too ? and why not !


    Sincerely speaking Palestinians state is not good for Saudi Arabia; it will become failed nation a hub of terrorism

  • Well, the answer to this is that Salman is grabbing at the chance to insure the monarcy’s peaceful survival – how much is that worth. Hillary Clinton had a hard on for this “Arab Spring” revolution thing – and continued to believe it. Doubling down on the disasters Lebanon was effectively overthrown by Palestinian ‘irregulars’ – she did not learn the lesson of Libya, Egypt, Syria, either.