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Riyadh’s overt normalization of ties with Israel, a costly move

Tehran, Al Saud's propensity for normalizing ties with Israel is gradually becoming more conspicuous which has given rise to considerable speculations about the reasons and consequences of the Saudi government's inclination toward the Zionist regime.

Currently, Saudi leaders are overtly supporting Israel's goals and stances aimed at continuing its occupation of the Palestinian territory.

This comes as news and information had been released implying that Saudi Arabia and Israel were constantly increasing their mutual relations and contacts and cooperating to scupper the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and P5+1 in July 2015, and to intensify the pressure on Tehran.

Riyadh and Tel Aviv have begun to adopt the same policies and approaches toward many of the regional issues and crises including the emergence of Takfiri terrorist groups.

In addition, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has overtly spoken about his pro-Zionist inclination in his interviews with foreign media and diplomatic meetings with Western officials.

This has met with a wave of reactions from the Muslim world. Palestinian fighters have expressed disgust with the Saudi leaders in their six-week protest, dubbed 'The Great March of Return' in Gaza Strip.

Mounting opposition against Iran, as mentioned above, is one of the reasons for Riyadh's predilection for normalizing relations with Tel Aviv.

Saudi Arabia has adopted extremely hostile policies toward the Middle East's greatest power, Iran, despite Tehran's pursuit of interactive regional and international policies.

This is because the Saudi government falsely claims that Tehran plays a role in its military, political and diplomatic failures in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and Riyadh's strained relations with its neighbors such as Qatar.

That is why Saudi Arabia believes that it has the same goals and interests as the Zionist regime.

Moreover, Saudi leaders seek to remove their most important obstacle to establishing a strategic partnership with the US and, given the role Tel Aviv and the Zionist lobbies play in determining the polices of Washington toward the Middle East, they are displaying a kind of political mania and craze to secure all-out US support.

In addition, Zionists' will has a considerable impact on one of the most important aspects of relations between Riyadh and Washington, which is weapons trade.

This impact is to the extent that over the past few years the US has sold some of its most advanced weaponries to Saudi Arabia with the permission and consent of the Zionist officials and lobbies.

Bin Salman's economic aspirations have also played a role in the growing tendency of Saudi Arabia for closer ties with Israel.

In a recent interview with the Atlantic Magazine, he lauded Israel's technological and economic condition to implicitly reveal his plan for accelerating the achievement of the Saudi Vision 2030 goals.

Some experts and observers maintain that Saudi Arabia is counting on Israel's support and cooperation to get rid of its currently oil-dependent economy.

Nevertheless, it is not yet clear whether Saudi leaders are aware of or have rationally estimated the costs of this covert and overt collaboration with Israel.

In September 1978, the then Egyptian president, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, acquiesced to signing the Camp David Accords with the US and Israel to deal the hardest and heaviest blow to his country's status within the Arab world.

Although decades have elapsed since el-Sadat's signing of the accords, Egypt has yet failed to even get close to the the previous position it had within the Muslim and Arab worlds.

Accordingly, Saudi Arabia's blatant decision to separate itself from the Muslim and Arab worlds in their endeavors to fulfill their common aspiration, complete freedom of Al-Quds, have imposed heavy costs on the country and will doom Al Saud's plan of taking over the leadership of the Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia's internal developments have been the other consequence of the country's pro-Zionist moves and decisions.

Some experts hold that the new decisions made by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud aimed at granting certain social freedoms have resulted in the discontent of a wide spectrum of the country's political and religious elites as well as its traditional strata, despite being welcomed by a few members of the Arab state's young generation.

In such a circumstance, the Saudi leaders' obvious inclination toward normalizing ties with the Zionist regime can create a serious rift between the country's political and religious societies and trigger a sudden explosion within the Arab state.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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