Several meetings between Saudi, Israeli and PA officials mediated by Egypt reported during Prince Salman’s visit last week; Arab media reports that Egypt and S. Arabia pressuring PA to accept Trump peace deal; PA official: Warm relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia are damaging the Palestinian Authority… Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region anymore.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are placing pressure on the Palestinian Authority to accept the United States’ peace deal.
Reports surfaced last week of a secret meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Israeli officials in Egypt, the meeting centered on establishment of bilateral ties, economic opportunity in the region, combatting Iran and the peace process. Reports continued to follow of several secret meetings involving Saudi, Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian officials.
According to Arab media, Egyptian President President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held meetings with Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Cairo. In meetings held with PA officials, Egypt played as a mediator, both the Prince and Sisi reportedly pressuring the Palestinians to accept the Trump Administration’s peace deal.
Reports claim they called on Abbas to not be “stubborn”, as well as to not let the window of opportunity pass.
According to a PA official over the weekend, the meetings resulted in “significant developments” and that “the warm relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia are damaging the Palestinian Authority. It seems that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region anymore.”
Additional reports also claim Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, recently stated there is a “roadmap” in place for establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.
The Saudi Kingdom, consistent with any media reports on the establishment of relations with the State of Israel, denied the claims.
Details of the Trump Administration’s peace deal have been held confidential, officials from the White House clear that details would not be shared with the public. Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the peace process was discussed during his meeting last week with President Trump. The prime minister summarized his meeting to reporters following, stating “We spoke about Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Around half the time [was] about Iran, maybe even a little more, and the second half on the rest of these issues. We didn’t spend more than 15 minutes of the conversation on the Palestinian issue.” On the peace deal, he stated “We did not see a draft of their peace plan. I cannot say on their behalf whether there is one or not. They will decide when to release it.”
Photo: Abbas, Wikimedia Commons, 2018