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Saudi Delegation's West Bank Visit: Geopolitical Implication



  Sep 27, 2023

Saudi Arabia,Palestinian Issue and Israel



Q: What Happened?

A: Saudi Arabia sent a delegation to the occupied West Bank for the first time in three decades.
The delegation was led by Nayef al-Sudairi, the Saudi non-resident Ambassador to the Palestinian territories.
This comes amid U.S.-brokered talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel to potentially normalize relations.

Q: Why is This Significant?

A: This is the first visit by a Saudi delegation to the West Bank since the 1993 Oslo Accords, which were designed to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The visit is also significant because Saudi Arabia has been in talks with Israel, facilitated by the U.S., to normalize diplomatic relations.

Q: Who Did the Saudi Delegation Meet?

A: The delegation met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and top Palestinian diplomat Riyad al-Maliki.

Q: What is the Oslo Accords?

A: The Oslo Accords are a set of agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) made in 1993.
They were intended to pave the way for an independent Palestinian state and peace between Israel and Palestine.
However, the accords have not led to a resolution of the conflict.

Q: What Are the U.S.-Brokered Talks Between Saudi Arabia and Israel About?

A: The talks are aimed at normalizing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
They include security guarantees for Saudi Arabia and potential assistance with a civilian nuclear program.

Q: What's the Stance of Saudi Arabia on Normalizing Relations with Israel?

A: Saudi Arabia has so far refrained from normalizing relations with Israel until the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.
However, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman indicated that the two countries are "getting closer."

Q: Have Other Arab Countries Normalized Relations with Israel?

A: Yes, in 2020, Israel established ties with the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco via Abraham Accords.

Q: What is the Current State of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict?

A: There has been an escalation in violence, resulting in the deaths of at least 242 Palestinians and 32 Israelis so far this year.

Q: What Are the Implications for the Middle East?

A: If Saudi Arabia normalizes relations with Israel, it would be a significant shift in Middle East geopolitics,
potentially affecting alliances, security dynamics, and the peace process involving Palestinians.

Q: What is Saudi Arabia's Official Position on Palestine?

A: While engaging in talks with Israel, Saudi Arabia has not shifted its official stance, which supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
 
This Q&A aims to provide a basic understanding of the complex geopolitical issue involving Saudi Arabia's outreach to the occupied West Bank amid its talks with Israel.


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