Various Arabic media reported that Saudi Arabia has decided to host a senior delegation of Hamas, a Palestinian organization that Israel considers a terrorist organization. A high-level delegation is visiting Saudi Arabia, including Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniya, Deputy Chief Salih Al-Aroori, and Hamas Leader Abroad Khaled Mishal. There are also reports that the delegation will reach Mecca for pilgrimage.
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Israel has reportedly been disappointed by the new decision by Saudi Arabia, which has been distancing itself from Hamas for several years. Saudi Arabia has previously arrested and imprisoned several people linked to Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and openly calls for war against Israel. But Saudi’s new decision of cooperation with Iran and China is indicative of changes in their approach towards Palestine.
Saudi leaders have blamed Hamas for the failure of reconciliation efforts with the Mahmoud Abbas-led Palestinian Authority. Then Saudi Arabia took strong measures against the supporters of Hamas in Saudi Arabia. In 2019, Saudi police arrested and jailed several people linked to Hamas, citing threats to the country’s governance. But in the past few months there have been attempts by Hamas to get closer to Riyadh, media reported. Saudi Arabia released several prisoners, including senior Hamas member Muhammad al-Qudari, who was in a Saudi prison after Hamas leaders sent messages that they wanted to restore ties with Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia, which has been making efforts to establish good relations with Israel for some time, has reportedly withdrawn from that move due to recent Israeli violence in the West Bank and its aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Benjamin Netanyahu, who was reinstated as prime minister, announced that signing the Abraham Accords with Saudi Arabia would be a priority. But the Saudis have been reluctant to go ahead with the deal publicly because of rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions. With this, the US-brokered move to schedule direct flights from Tel Aviv to Makkah to allow Muslim citizens of Israel to easily participate in the holy Hajj pilgrimage is also in jeopardy.
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