Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to back Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign.
According to reports, Abbas was given an ultimatum when he visited Riyadh for a meeting with MBS, days after US Presidential adviser Jared Kushner made an unannounced visit to Saudi.
The conditions of the deal is yet to be ascertained, but Palestinians will be worried by MBS’ close ties with Trump, who is described as one of the most pro-Israeli president in recent years. 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.
Though, Abbas denied the claims made by a Israeli channel, the details of the meeting seems to be in line with the Saudi, UAE, Israeli and US vision.
US has backed the young Saudi 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.
Trump even called Saudi Arabia a ‘magnificent country’ and struck multibillion dollar deal with the Saudi royals in May. Trump recently supported the detention of Saudi’s elite in an anti-corruption crackdown and said that some of them were milking the country for years.
Palestinians were hoping 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.