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Arab Leaders Grow Weary of Palestinian Attitude

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Ps. 62:8

Following last week's dramatic unveiling of USA President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East, much of the world is mulling the pros and cons of the "Deal of the Century" and wondering if it can bear fruit in the troubled Middle East region. Many world government officials have responded with openness to the initiative, others including leaders in Iran, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority and the USA Democratic Party have deemed it to be everything from a political scam to outright theft of what they claim is due to the Palestinian people. For the most part, Palestinians on the street have displayed a great deal of apathy to Trump's proposal. In PA and Hamas leadership circles the response to the initiative has been one of fury. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday 1 Feb. 2020 said he is cutting all security ties with Israel and the USA in reaction to the plan.

Meanwhile, revealing a shift in attitude towards the Jewish state, many officials in Arab capitals have been frustrated by the habitual refusal on the part of Palestinian leaders to compromise their unreasonable demands on Israel for a return to the peace table. The USA and Israel for some time have courted officials from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and other nations in the region hoping to overcome political impasses. As a result, trade and diplomatic ties are strengthening. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have both urged Palestinian chiefs to consider the USA plan as a basis for new talks with Israel. "It's the first time, I think since the start of the conflict that the Arab position has not been a replica of the Palestinian position," said David Makovsky, director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "That speaks to a wider sense of regional priorities that Arab countries are developing." The modified tone in Arab capitals reflects the shifting relationships in the region, where nations officially at war with Israel are strengthening ties with its companies and leading figures. (VFI News)