Saudi Arabia has made its position clear on Israel’s offensive in Gaza and the resulting humanitarian crisis via a series of official statements. This article does not aim to offer an authoritative interpretation of the Kingdom’s stance.
It is my personal analysis of the policy, which is grounded in reason, truth, and the nation's strategic interests. The Kingdom’s position is consistent in its public statements and the behind-the-scenes diplomacy it conducts with global powers, including leaders from the United States and the West.
The Saudi stance on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinian people in Gaza is rooted in moral principles based on Arab and Islamic values.
It also reflects the Kingdom’s role as a regional powerhouse and its global economic significance, which helps give it international influence aligned with the aspirations of its citizens. Major world powers listen seriously to the Saudi perspective when formulating their regional policies.
It is only natural for Saudi Arabia to stand in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank, who have endured grievous injustices and displacement since 1948. What remained of their homeland fell under Israeli occupation in 1967.
Despite Palestinians’ willingness to coexist in an independent state alongside Israel, the latter – benefiting from unwavering Western support – persisted in establishing settlements, altering the demographic landscape of East Jerusalem and obstructing any meaningful political dialogue.
That cut off a route that could have led to a just and lasting peace, establishing security and stability for all the people of the region, including the Israelis.