Saudi Arabia halts normalization talks with Israel after Hamas attack

Saudi Arabia has reportedly paused normalizing relations with Israel following the nation's response to Iran-backed Hamas terrorist attacks, in which Israel declared war on Hamas and has been striking Gaza in retaliation.

Saudi Arabia has now shifted its focus to making a deal with Iran in support of the Palestinians, ending months-long discussions with Israel to normalize relations following former President Donald Trump's Middle East peace negotiations through the Abraham Accords. The Abraham Accords normalized ties between Israel and the Gulf states of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

According to Reuters, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who told the Prince that Saudi Arabia that  Palestinians would need support to prevent further escalation in the region.

The 45-minute conversation with Saudi Arabia, according to a senior Iranian official, was "good and promising," to support "Palestine and prevent the spread of war in the region." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, reportedly gave his approval for the call.

According to expert analysts, Iran-backed Hamas allegedly launched the attack on Israel due to Saudi Arabia working to normalize relations with Israel.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a Hamas official declared that Iran helped launch the terrorist organization's attack on Israel. The Biden administration stated that Iran was complicit in the attack but has not yet confirmed evidence of Iran's involvement.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) alleged that they have been working with Hamas to launch the attack, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, which said: "Details of the operation were refined during several meetings in Beirut attended by IRGC officers and representatives of four Iran-backed militant groups, including Hamas, which holds power in Gaza, and Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group and political faction in Lebanon."

The Biden administration has been heavily criticized since the start of the Israel-Hamas war which occurred only weeks after the Democrat administration announced that the US would give Iran $6 billion in exchange for prisoners. The US State Department announced on Friday that they have re-frozen the funds, which are sitting in a Qatar bank.

According to Reuters, the Biden administration aimed to expand upon the Abraham Accords with neighboring Arab nations, such as Saudi Arabia. In an interview with Fox News last month, Saudi Prince Bin Salman stated that his nation and Israel were getting closer to normalization, but emphasized that any agreement would "need to ease the life of the Palestinians." 

More than one thousand civilians and military men, women, and children were slaughtered and taken hostage last week when Hamas terrorists invaded Israel at daybreak in the most heinous attack Israel has seen since 1973.

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