Saudi Arabia postpones plans to normalise relations with Israel, engages with Iran
Saudi Arabia is postponing plans to normalise relations with Israel and engaging with Iran as the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalates.
This was reported by Reuters.
Saudi Arabia is freezing its US-backed plans to normalise relations with Israel due to the escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. This situation prompted Saudi Arabia to seek cooperation with Iran in order to prevent further escalation of violence in the region.
According to the report, the Saudi crown prince received a phone call from the Iranian president for the first time to discuss the situation. Another Iranian official said that the conversation received the support of Iran's supreme leader.
Before the conflict broke out, Israel and Saudi Arabia claimed to be on the road to an agreement that could lead to changes in the Middle East. However, the Hamas attack on Israel and its consequences, such as the loss of many lives, forced Saudi Arabia to reconsider its priorities and suspend negotiations.
The Saudi government has not yet commented on this situation.
The United States continues to try to find ways to normalise relations with Israel, but its attention is focused on other important issues.
The US government took it upon itself to condemn the Hamas attack, but Saudi Arabia refused to support this statement. In a statement, the country said that Saudi Arabia is making every effort to prevent the escalation of violence in the region.
The Gulf states, including those that have legal relations with Israel, are seriously concerned about the possibility of Iran's involvement in the conflict. The gap in views between Saudi Arabia and Iran on the region is becoming increasingly apparent.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia emphasises its continued support for the Palestinians and the unacceptability of any form of violence against civilians. The US government has stated that it is in constant contact with Saudi leaders and asks them to strengthen control over Hamas to ensure that attacks stop and hostages are released.
In particular, the United States calls on Saudi Arabia to prevent Iran's interference in the conflict. The Middle East region remains highly tense, and negotiations on normalising relations are delayed due to the escalation of violence.