Former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.: Palestinian Leadership Is Full of Ungrateful Frauds and Liars
Former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States criticized the leadership of the Palestinian Authority
The Palestinian Authority believes that the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a betrayal
Former Saudi Arabian intelligence chief and former ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan Al Saud, criticized the Palestinian leadership for criticizing the decision of some Gulf countries to normalize relations with Israel.
In an interview with Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya, the prince called criticism of the Palestinian authorities “reprehensible discourse.” “The cause of the Palestinians is a just cause, but its defenders are failing and the cause of Israel is unfair, but its supporters have proven their success. This sums up the events of the past 70 or 75 years, “he said..
“There is one thing that historically unites successive Palestinian leaders: they always bet on the losing side, and there is a price to pay for it.”.
The United Arab Emirates struck a landmark deal to normalize relations with Israel in August this year, and Bahrain, another Gulf State and a close ally of Saudi Arabia, followed suit in September..
Palestinians fear these moves will weaken a long-standing pan-Arab stance known as the Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied territory and the acceptance of Palestinian statehood in exchange for normalizing relations with Arab states..
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership regards this move by the UAE as a “betrayal.” Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran negotiator representing the Palestinian Authority, told Reuters the deal was “completely venal”.
Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, does not directly comment on the normalization accords, but says it remains committed to peace through the Arab Peace Initiative. Prince Bandar noted that successive Saudi kings have supported the Palestinian Authority for decades, and said the Palestinian people must remember that the kingdom was always there to offer them help and advice..
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