Twitter users 'insulted' by claims that Saudi king was the reason for Israel's move to take down security measures at al-Aqsa
For a king currently sunning himself on a north African beach, it was no mean feat: Saudi Arabia on Thursday said intense international diplomacy by its ruler, Salman, had been central to ending the standoff at the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem.
In a statement, the Saudi royal court said Salman held "necessary contacts with world leaders on al-Aqsa", which it proclaimed had "culminated in success" - hours after Israeli police relented to people power on the streets of Jerusalem's Old City and removed security checkpoints around the site.
The court said Salman's government contacted the US administration and "stressed the need for the return of calm at al-Aqsa mosque and its surroundings, the respect for the sanctity of the place".
The statement received gushing praise from one of Riyadh's closest allies, Abu Dhabi, where Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed praised the Saudi "role" in resolving the crisis.
The claim also gave birth to the hashtag #Al-Aqsa_in_the_heart_of_Salman, with many praising the king.
— Noura AlMulhim (@inourakhaliid) July 27, 2017
Translation: when the time for action comes… Be sure that Salman will be there.
Palestinians, and many social media users, however saw things a little differently.
#الاقصي_في_قلب_سلمان is such an insult. Jerusalemites stopped at nothing for the Aqsa victory and Saudis are thanking King Salman for it?
— Diana Alghoul 🇵🇸 (@SuperKnafeh) July 27, 2017
They are so delusional and they give him credit for everything loolll
— أريج (@UselessAreej) July 27, 2017
#الاقصي_في_قلب_سلمان Credit goes to the courage of the Palestinians who fought tirelessly for Al-Aqsa. Not King Salman. What an insult.
— Haya Al-Thani (@hayabntalwaleed) July 27, 2017
— Ashkifoww (@Mohamed96945363) July 27, 2017
Translation: Al-Aqsa succeeded due to noble protesters only. Not Salman, or anyone else. The lesson is over, and you are all traitors.
King Salman has been on holiday since Monday, with his son Mohammed Bin Salman taking charge of state affairs for the majority of the Aqsa tensions.
A Palestinian activist from Jerusalem's Old City, Ali Jiddah, spoke to Middle East Eye. "We Palestinians have proved, not only to Israel, but to the whole world, that we Palestinians have promising potential that can never be broken," Jiddah said.
"They have to understand that they are dealing with a nation that has legitimate rights, that we got fed up of the occupation, of the daily humiliation, that we can't stand any more living under the occupation," he added.