RIYADH (Dispatches) – The former head of Saudi Arabia’s spy agency has condemned Palestinians for their criticism of normalization deals with the Zionist regime, claiming that Palestinian leaders have always been "failures”.
Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz made his comments in an interview with Saudi news channel Al-Arabiya.
He called the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of the UAE’s recent signing of a deal with the occupying regime a "transgression” and a "reprehensible discourse”.
Earlier this month, the occupying regime of Israel signed U.S.-brokered deals to normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and has been enticing other Arab states to follow suit.
Palestinians have decried the normalization agreements as a betrayal of their struggle against the decades-long Zionist occupation of their lands.
The move the UAE and Bahrain prompted many to predict that other Gulf States will also normalise relations with the Zionist state.
Saudi Arabia has not done so yet, though, and insists that it will only recognize the Zionist regime once a Palestinian state is established. It has, however, struck an increasingly conciliatory tone with the occupying regime and praised the UAE’s decision to normalize relations. Riyadh has also opened Saudi air space to aircraft flying from the occupied territories.
The Saudi prince said: "The Palestinian cause is a just cause but its advocates are failures, and the Israeli cause is unjust but its advocates have proven to be successful. That sums up the events of the last 70 or 75 years.”
Relations between the Palestinians and the Persian Gulf regime have been declining for years.
The Palestinian Authority has not received aid from the UAE since 2014, while Saudi Arabia has been aggressively jailing and prosecuting members of Hamas resistance movement since 2017.
Experts and pundits believe Saudi Arabia has started shifting the public discourse on the occupying regime, and bin Sultan’s statements are in line with warming ties between the kingdom and the Tel Aviv regime.