New Saudi king’s policy on Palestine
Saudi Arabia’s policy on Palestine has been half-hearted at best and complicit in Israel’s crimes at worst.
Following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of mourning and traveled to the kingdom to express his condolences.
With its huge resources, Saudi Arabia bills itself as one of the largest providers of aid to the Palestinian people.
Since 2002, it has given more than $480 million in monetary support to the Palestinian Authority, and has supported Palestinian refugees by contributing to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
However, in 2004, reports citing unidentified US and Israeli intelligence officials indicated that Saudi funding for Hamas had been curtailed and replaced by other regional sponsors.