A major showdown awaits Palestinian leader in Riyadh

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is on his way Tuesday to Riyadh where he faces a stern demand to break away from the Turkish-Qatari-Jordanian line-up fighting US political steps in the region. DEBKAfile reports that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman will not give way on this demand and, if Abbas holds out, the showdown could end in the Saudis cutting off assistance to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian leader detoured to Qatar before travelling to Riyadh. The Saudis are meanwhile holding the Palestinian-Jordanian billionaire Sabih al-Masri in house arrest – not just against the surrender of his financial assets but as an implied hostage for Palestinian compliance with the crown prince’s political demands. As a key figure in the economies of Jordan and the Palestinians, each day of his confinement causes them grave difficulties.

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12 thoughts on “A major showdown awaits Palestinian leader in Riyadh

  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 11:40 at 11:40
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    Short terms politics, and shorter vision of the Arab world.
    Everything will change if there are some developments in Iran.
    Arab hate Jews, be they Saudis or Dubaîsts.

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  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 13:59 at 13:59
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    Love to see dissensions between muslims, the bitter, the better!

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  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 15:00 at 15:00
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    Got to hand it to the Israelis, they are masterfully skillful in everything they do no matter how shortsighted.

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    • Dec 19, 2017 @ 17:01 at 17:01
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      No, why? Let Saudis keep him 1001 Arabian nights!
      I dream of Hamas going after the Mecca, now that Jerusalem is lost.
      Please Santa, please!

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  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 20:56 at 20:56
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    All this does not matter, the only important thing is: do the American have our backs, this administration has, unlike the last one. But everything can be reversed by another J. Effing Kerry, and ODummer II.

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  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 23:40 at 23:40
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    I think Abbas went to Qatar first to see if he can get them to replace the Saudi handout $ with money from Qatar or Iran. If he can, then Abbas will tell the Saudi king to go to hell–fast. After that the Saudis will recognize Israel as the Jewish state and Jerusalem as their undivided capital. The war against Iran and their puppets will start sometime within three-four months. Iran seems to want the war with Israel over the Golan Heights because of the oil and gas. They need Syria to have that income to pay them back for the cost of this Syrian war. I am sure the Russians were paid by the Iranians for their war material—they are strictly cash-n-carry.

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    • Dec 20, 2017 @ 3:32 at 3:32
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      I thought about it further and I think we just saw here an attempted hit by the Iranians on the Saudi King. Abbas is the one who told them the place and time for the meeting and the place. That is the one critical piece of information you need to do a hit. The king should consider himself lucky that they only shot off one missile not 10.

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    • Dec 20, 2017 @ 8:20 at 8:20
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      You are very good!

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  • Dec 20, 2017 @ 1:45 at 1:45
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    Things are a little different now. What did President Trump do? He eliminated the Jerusalem waiver. Once a president refuses to sin it, the waiver is eliminated. No future president can undo that. It is also very doubtful that Congress will ever be willing to undo it. The page has turned folks. Get ready.

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    • Dec 20, 2017 @ 6:18 at 6:18
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      Just the opposite. President Trump signed the waiver. He did not “eliminate” it. It is alive and well for another 6 months.

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  • Dec 20, 2017 @ 8:28 at 8:28
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    As in all warfare the secret weapons are what is moving everything. President Trump is a genius with a heart, but his faith makes me want to call him King Donald Trump. Think Gd will grant me this one too, enjoy the broken 88, which is today Malave Malka, only happy music, babe!

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