A political scandal erupted between Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians.
The former chairman of the Saudi National Security Council, the former head of the General Intelligence Service and the ex-ambassador of the kingdom to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, harshly criticized the Palestinian leadership, calling them "ungrateful."
"You cannot trust the Palestinian leadership. While they hold office, it is impossible to do something for the Palestinian issue. They long ago abandoned it themselves, turned their backs on the Palestinians and are getting closer to Iran and Turkey than to the Gulf countries and Egypt," said prince Bandar in an interview with the Saudi TV channel Al-Arabiya.
In response, representatives of the Palestinian Authority rejected the words of the Saudi prince, calling them "shameful". Islamists from the Hamas movement even joined in defense, calling the statements of Bandar bin Sultan "a game in favor of the Israeli occupiers."
In turn, the Emirates and even personally the UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, who publicly supported the words of Prince Bandar about the position of the Gulf countries on the Palestinian issue, decided to join in the defense of the Saudis.
The scandal illustrates well the growing tensions between Palestinian political factions and the Arabian monarchies of the Gulf as the latter draw closer to Israel.
The Emirates and Bahrain, which have signed the agreement with the Israelis, often criticize the Palestinian leadership, considering it unreliable and overly stubborn. In addition, the same UAE has its own candidate for the leader of Palestine - Mohammed Daglyan.
Saudi Arabia is on the way to normalizing relations with Israel and, together with Egypt, opposes Hamas and their presence in the Gaza Strip, especially in light of the growing influence of Turkey and Iran which want to seize the initiative and unite the Palestinians under their umbrella.
Against the background of regional transformations associated with the weakening of the unconditional initiative of the United States in the world, competitive alliances of states in different directions are more and more clearly forming, which will become a platform for their confrontation.
After the normalization of relations between Israel and the Gulf countries, Palestinian political leaders are increasingly drifting towards Turkey, Iran and Qatar, which so far have shown them support in opposition to their geopolitical rivals from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain and Israel.