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World Ramadan TV series question the links between Saudi Arabia and Israel

14:50  21 may  2020
14:50  21 may  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Saudi Arabia unlike many of its neighbors never held any direct or indirect relationship with Israel , and just like how a Saudi emir said it “it's Israel ’s delusion” (to show that The relationship between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the united states of America is a pragmatic relation in which Saudi Ara

Photo fournie par le groupe MBC d'une scène de la série saoudienne © - Photo provided by the MBC group of a scene from the Saudi series "Exit 7", broadcast during Ramadan, taken on March 20, 2020

The broadcasting during Ramadan of two television series raising the question of links with Israel by a Saudi channel has fueled speculation on the links between the kingdom and the Hebrew state.

Photo fournie par le groupe MBC d'une scène de la série saoudienne © - Photo provided by the MBC group of a scene from the Saudi series "Oum Haroun", broadcast during Ramadan, taken on January 5, 2020

The Arab countries of the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, have not diplomatic relations with Israel, but the two sides engage according to analysts in a "quiet dance" to furtively build relations on the basis of a shared animosity against Iran.

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Most of the existing links between Israel and the Gulf have been kept secret – but these talks were The Saudis and Israelis had a “common interest in dealing Hezbollah and Iran a serious blow Similarly, he added, the question of Israel was not comparable to the “threats posed … by Iran

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Photo fournie par le groupe MBC d'une scène de la série saoudienne © - Photo provided by the MBC group of a scene from the Saudi series "Oum Haroun", broadcast during Ramadan, taken on January 3, 2020

A character from the series "Exit 7" raised eyebrows among viewers befriending a young Israeli man through an online video game.

Another justifies in one scene the ties to Israel, declaring that the Palestinians are the real "enemies" who insult the kingdom "day and night" despite decades of financial aid.

Another series, "Oum Haroun", recounts the life of a Jewish community in a village in Kuwait in the 1940s.

The two programs caused an uproar on social networks, many seeing it as a promotion of "normalization with Israel ", but according to production, they achieved the best audiences for Ramadan, the month of Muslim fasting and the heavy consumption of television content.

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These series are produced by the MBC group, which came under control of the Saudi government after its founder, magnate Waleed al-Ibrahim, was detained with other businessmen at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Ryad in the part of a campaign against corruption in 2017.

These productions contrast with "The End", an Egyptian science fiction series that caused fury in Israel for predicting its collapse.

"The stereotype associated with the Middle East has been that of a region of fear, bloodshed, hatred and extremism for decades," MBC spokesperson Mazen Hayek told AFP. . According to him, the two programs "seek to project another image, made of hope, tolerance and dialogue between religions".

Photo fournie par le groupe MBC d'une scène de la série saoudienne © - Photo provided by the MBC group of a scene from the Saudi series "Exit 7", broadcast during Ramadan, taken on March 3, 2020

"The accusation of normalization is somewhat outdated in the context of globalization ", he adds.

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Although Israel has no formal relations with Saudi Arabia , ties are gradually warming up, in part due to shared concerns over Iran’s growing influence in the region. In the absence of an Israeli -Palestinian peace deal, most of the cooperation has taken place behind the scenes.

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- Survey opinion -

According to specialists, these series could constitute a pulse of opinion.

"These programs are useful for the Saudi state to understand the position of the public (...) they serve as a measurement tool," explains the Saudi foreign policy expert towards Israel, Aziz Alghashian, professor at the University of Essex.

In early 2020, the kingdom announced the programming of a film on the Shoah for the first time in a festival, before the cancellation of it due to the Covid-19.

The editorialists stick to the official position which conditions normalization with the Hebrew State to a settlement of the conflict with the Palestinians.

But relations seem to be heating up in a movement orchestrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Ryad welcomed the peace plan of US President Donald Trump, considered favorable to Israel and rejected by many Arab countries.

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Saudi Arabia and Israel are both products of British domination in early 1900s, and the borders are drawn clear way before your grandfathers are born. From the way the question is worded, I’d guess that you’re referring to the current situation rather than anything in the past. Saudi Arabia doesn’t

Oman also hosted Mr. Netanyahu in October 2018, the first such visit in two decades.

- "Revolutionary" -

The rising tensions between Tehran and Ryad and the Saudi will to attract foreign investments for its ambitious reforms seem to push the kingdom to this rapprochement.

"A few years ago, Prince Khaled bin Salman told me that the kingdom knows that Israel is an integral part of achieving its economic plan for 2030. This is a major declaration and it really shows a warming of ties, "said Marc Schneier, an American rabbi with close ties to the Gulf, told AFP.

The Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for an interview with Prince Khaled, the Crown Prince's younger brother.

In February, King Salman received a rabbi from Jerusalem at Ryad for the first time in modern history.

The Israeli media published a photo of Rabbi David Rosen with the king, welcoming a "revolutionary" gesture. The official Saudi news agency did not give the name of the rabbi and published only a photo of the audience on which we do not see him.

"It is a region of the world where such a change takes time," adds Mr. Schneier.

"We are seeing signs of warming, but it may take longer to see more dramatic action."

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After an unprecedented Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr against the background of coronavirus .
© REUTERS / Mohammed Salem Palestinians during Friday prayers, two days before Eid al-Fitr, in northern Gaza, on May 22, 2020. While Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, took place in a new atmosphere this year, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the same will apply to Eid al-Fitr, the party that concludes this Sunday, May 24. From a tightened curfew in Egypt to the reopening of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, many Muslim countries have taken specific steps.

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