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Palestinians divided over conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran

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03.07.2019

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack on Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, describing the aggression as a criminal and dangerous offence against Saudi Arabia. The Palestinian foreign ministry endorsed Abbas’ stance and renewed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the Houthi terrorist attack. Hamas, meanwhile, remained silent about the conflict taking place between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the region.

While the PA keeps reiterating its non-interference policy in the internal affairs of other countries, while maintaining a distance from all sides of the conflicts in the region so as not to lose the support of any side, it took a clear and frank stance following the most recent escalation, especially the war in Yemen. This caused it to fall into an unequivocal contradiction.

The PA has recently expressed its condemnation of what it described as “the terrorist attack carried out by the Houthi coup militias on Abha International Airport”, following President Mahmoud Abbas’ rejection of such a “criminal and dangerous act against the Saudi Kingdom”, while affirming that Palestine stands on Saudi Arabia’s side in confronting these attacks. Thus, Abbas called on the world to also condemn the Houthi attack and stand firmly in the face of such aggression and those behind the attacks in order to block their attempt to achieve their malicious goals.

The Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned in the strongest terms “the bombing and the missile attack on Abha airport in south-western Saudi Arabia”, stressing that Palestine supports Saudi Arabia in the face of this brutal aggression and in its fight against terrorism.”

This official Palestinian condemnation of the Houthi attacks means the PA has taken a clear and biased position in favour of Saudi Arabia, contrary to what it has been promoting about taking neutral positions away from engaging in the Arab and regional conflicts, while constantly blaming Hamas of getting involved in conflicts and taking sides in the region; an accusation which Hamas has always denied.

On the other hand, Hamas practiced a policy of silence toward Saudi Arabia’s regional conflicts: in the south with the Houthis in Yemen, in the north with Iran, and in the east with Qatar. This strategy was manifested in the step........

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