Nov 23, 2020 16:19 UTC
  • Hamas blasts Netanyahu’s visit to Saudi Arabia as 'insult' to Palestinian cause

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret flight to Saudi Arabia, where he reportedly met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling the move an “insult” to the Palestinian cause.

According to Press TV, Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the Israeli premier's meeting, which was reportedly held in Neom on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, as “dangerous” and urged Saudi authorities to “clarify what happened because this represents an insult to the nation and the squandering of Palestinian rights.”

A member of Netanyahu’s cabinet and Likud Party on Monday confirmed reports that Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with the kingdom’s de facto ruler and the US secretary of state.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen also attended the meeting.

Sunday’s meeting marked the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials, amid attempts by Pompeo to coax the Riyadh regime to follow its neighbors, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Islamic jihad: Netanyahu’s visit prelude to more aggression against Palestinians

The Islamic Jihad movement also condemned Saudi Arabia for hosting the Israeli prime minister, warning that the development could be a prelude to more extensive aggression against the Palestinian nation, the Islamic Ummah and Islam’s sacred sites.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Islamic Jihad noted that Netanyahu’s Saudi visit amounted to treason against the cause of Palestine as well as betrayal of  al-Quds and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

“Such a visit to a country, which claims to be custodian of the sacred sites of the Islamic Ummah will encourage the Zionist regime to continue its vicious aggressive policy toward the sacred land of Palestine,” the Palestinian movement said.

‘Saudi-led coalition states openly engaged in normalization with Israel’

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement has condemned Netanyahu’s visit to Saudi Arabia, saying members of the Saudi-led military coalition waging a devastating war on Yemen are explicitly involved in normalization of ties with the Israeli regime.

“Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia as part of preparations for full normalization [with the kingdom], after Saudi officials welcomed such steps by other regional states. The countries that attack Yemen and besiege its people, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, tend to become fully, formally and publicly involved in the Zionist project,”  Ansarullah Spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

He added, “The Saudi-led coalition’s member states are making use of their military capabilities and all available means in an open war against Yemeni people. As a result, the exact nature of the ongoing aggression on Yemen as a US-Zionist plot has been revealed.”