Saudi Arabia‘s former intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, said the kingdom needs to concentrate on its own interests and security while supporting the Palestinian cause.In the final episode of a three-part interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya tv aired on Wednesday, Prince Bandar when again slammed Palestinian leaders.
“We are at a phase in which instead of being concerned with how to deal with the Israeli challenges in order to serve the Palestinian cause, we need to pay attention to our national security and interests,” he said.Prince Bandar formerly in the interview slammed the Palestinian management for their”disobedience “and “guilty discourse,” in opposing the choice of some Gulf states to normalize ties with Israel.The United Arab Emirates agreed a historic offer to stabilize relations with Israel in August, and the Gulf state of Bahrain, a close Saudi ally, followed suit in September. Palestinian leaders concerned the deal as “betrayal.”
Palestinians fear the moves will deteriorate an enduring pan-Arab position – known as the Arab Peace Initiative – that requires Israeli withdrawal from inhabited territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab states.The deals are viewed as a strategic adjustment of Middle East countries against Iran. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, has not directly commented on the normalization offers, however has stated it remains dedicated to peace on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative.cnxps.cmd.push(function()); Prince Bandar said Palestinian leaders had high regard for”new gamers into the image” such as Iran and Turkey, than Riyadh and other Gulf nations.” Turkey occupies Libya and wants to free Jerusalem by withdrawing its ambassador from Abu Dhabi. Iran wants to free Jerusalem through the Houthis in Yemen or through Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria,”he said.He spoke at length about the decades-long support of successive Saudi kings and other Gulf nations to
the Palestinian cause, including that the rejection of these efforts from Palestinian leaders will not affect the accessory to the cause.”Things are clear and we are at our limitation with those men,”he stated.