In what appears to be a bit of mischief-making, Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV carries this story on its English-language website. I’m not aware of anything to suddenly cause the Saudi government to start supporting Hamas, as the article alleges. I suspect it is more the case that the network, which does support Hamas, is trying to create a new ‘reality’. That it comes at the expense of Saudi Arabia is just an added feature, to keep the bosses happy.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has snubbed the Palestinian president, skipping a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas on a visit to Jordan.
An Abbas official said “the meeting was postponed due to lack of time as both leaders had busy schedules”, but Al Jazeera’s David Chater, reporting from Jordan, said it was a deliberate and undiplomatic snub.
Abbas was kept waiting at a palace room for a telephone call that never came.
Instead, the Saudi monarch, who brokered a power-sharing deal between Abbas’s Fatah faction and rivals Hamas in February, urged both sides to talk to each other, saying the infighting was benefiting only the Israelis.
It would be a bitter pill for Abbas to swallow, just days after he dissolved the unity government set up under the Saudi deal and accused Hamas of attempting to assassinate him.
He had said then that he would not enter into talks with the group after it seized Gaza and humiliated Abbas by occupying his presidential compound there.