* A Moment of Pride
A Moment of Pride
By: Hanan Alhakami
With powerful words that will always remain written in history, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan spoke about the Kingdom’s solid stance toward the Palestinian conflict, Saudi Arabia has always been a guarantor and a supporter of the Palestinian cause and still it.
The Kingdom’s support to Palestine over the history is something to be proud of, and there are many proofs and documents that will always stand in the way of those who may think otherwise. The history would verify the same, as some of these incidents are mentioned in King Salman Bin Abdulaziz’s regular speeches, his assurance that Saudi Arabi’s relationship with Palestine is*positive and historic, and the Palestinian issue is the first issue and will remain so.
The Kingdom’s doings are solemnly part of their outstanding strategy to spread peace around the world and maintain Arab and Islamic values and preserve the Islamic identity. The Kingdom took initiative by launching the Arab Peace Initiative, which represents a proposal to end the Palestinian conflict, which has been always a concern to the Saudi leaders.
Saudi Arabia has not changed its firm position toward the Palestinian cause since it was founded by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, until nowadays with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. To support that, the name of (Dhahran summit) was changed to (Jerusalem summit) recently, in addition to generous donations of more than 6 Billion Dollars to help and support the Palestinians.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, has informed the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the Saudi Arabia will accept whatever the Palestinians accept and will refuse whatever the Palestinians reject, affirming that the Kingdom discards any American peace plan that neglects the position of Jerusalem.
The Kingdom has always supported Palestinian people in various international events, as it was involved in many Palestinian reconciliations, as well as economic and political support. The Kingdom has spared no effort to support Palestinian’s demands that would guarantee their rights to return to their lands and has always emphasized that its stances towards its Palestinian people is well established and will not change.
Saudi Arabia never hesitated when it comes to supporting Palestinian people financially to overcome obstacles and crisis. As part of the Arab League commitment to provide financial aids on a regular basis to help ensure Palestinian independence, Saudi Arabia has been always on top of the list of these countries. This is not surprising coming from a great country like Saudi Arabia and its powerful leaders, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Moreover, the Saudi government invites more than two thousand of Palestinian pilgrims whose families were martyrs, to the yearly Hajj event to perform Hajj, in a fully paid trip, to honor their families’ sacrifice.
The Kingdom always expresses the same in all international events and forums, with a continuous confirmation that Saudi Arabia will not be accepting any detraction from the rights of the Palestinian people, and the importance of resolving the conflict in a fair manner in accordance with the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative that was proposed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2002. As part of the Saudi strategy managed by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Kingdom’s stance on Palestine will always remain unchanged, to protect their people’s rights.