Palestinian delegation in Saudi for Israel normalization talks

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RIYADH — A Palestinian delegation is set to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, with an anticipated meeting scheduled between them and Brett McGurk, a senior official at the U.S. National Security Council. The discussions are expected to revolve around the topic of normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, including the terms that would be advantageous for the Palestinians in such an agreement.اضافة اعلان

This meeting marks a significant milestone as it is the first time an American delegation will engage with a Palestinian delegation in Saudi Arabia to delve into the specifics of normalization, YNet News reported. 

A Palestinian official emphasized that Saudi Arabia is unlikely to pursue normalization with Israel without first reaching a politically satisfactory agreement that strengthens Saudi's position and gains Palestinian approval. The key focus of the Palestinian stance is centered on the Arab Peace Initiative, which involves Israel's withdrawal from territories acquired after the 1967 Six-Day War in exchange for Arab recognition of Israel and the Palestinians seeking full United Nations membership.

The Palestinian delegation has specific demands, including the reopening of the American consulate in East Jerusalem and Fatah offices in the U.S., commitments made by the Biden administration two years ago but still pending. They also seek confidence-building measures like halting Jewish settlement development, ending de facto annexation of Palestinian territory, ceasing home demolitions, stopping incursions into Palestinian territory, and maintaining the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.

Led by Hussein al-Sheikh, the Fatah Executive Committee's secretary-general, the Palestinian delegation discussed these issues with the Saudi ambassador to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in Amman. Reports suggest that Saudi Arabia is willing to renew financial support for the Palestinian Authority, aiming to bolster diplomatic relations with Israel and gain broader legitimacy for any potential agreement, countering claims of advancing Israeli interests.

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