Saudi Arabia has been enraged by the recent rapprochement between the Palestinian Hamas Resistance Movement and Iran, local Palestinian media said.
“Some Saudi intelligence officials officially contacted some Hamas leaders outside the Gaza Strip regarding recent developments in relations between Hamas and Iran,” the Palestinian Al-Ray media agency, which was previously run by the Gaza Strip’s Hamas-led government, quoted a source as saying on Monday.
The source added that Saudi Arabia had expressed anger over Hamas’ policies toward Iran, calling on the Palestinian faction to suspend all communication with Tehran.
He said Saudi Arabia had promised in return to ratchet up pressure to lift Israel’s blockade – in place since 2007 – on the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas leaders received the Saudi request, but have yet to reply; they’ve promised to consider it,” the source told the news agency.
A Hamas delegation visited Tehran last week with a view to improving relations with Iran.
On Sunday, Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, thanked Iran for providing it with “financial and military” assistance used to defend the Gaza Strip during Israel’s recent 51-day onslaught on the embattled enclave.
Speaking at a Gaza City rally on Sunday, Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida thanked Iran for its “support of the Palestinian resistance” by providing rockets that had been used against Israeli targets during the Zionists’ deadly summer offensive.