Traditional political actors in the Middle East are at a loss as Saudi Arabia embraces Israel

The Arabs have been and continue to be polarised on many political issues involving the future of the region. However, the Arabs have, by and large, been in agreement on one particular issue: the legitimate right of the Palestinians to resist the occupation of their land by the state of Israel. Although they differ on what form that resistance should take, there is an overwhelming consensus on the right to resist.
 
The election of Donald Trump in the US and the rapid rise of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia have both had a huge impact on the resistance. Trump has relegated the so-called peace process to the political periphery, with a consequential shift in media focus. That in turn has rendered irrelevant the Arab League, Jordan, Egypt and others more or less dependent on the Palestinians and their cause, including the resistance.
 
The rise of Bin Salman and the endorsement he received from Trump’s new administration as the “go to man” in the Middle East has made the situation even worse. His comments on the future of Palestine and, indeed, the Middle East as a whole now dominate regional political trajectories. His connection with Israel has further alienated the traditional political actors and benefactors of the Palestinian resistance in the region.