Jan 29 2009
A Saudi Prince’s Threat to the Obama Administration: ‘Saudi Arabia’s patience is running out.’
His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal is a leading Saudi powerbroker. In remarkable op-ed Turki published on Jan. 23 in London’s Financial Times, “Saudi Arabia’s patience is running out.” He begins it by recalling his own efforts over the decades to promote Arab-Israeli peace and especially the Abdullah Plan of 2002. “But after Israel launched its bloody attack on Gaza,” he writes, “these pleas for optimism and co-operation now seem a distant memory.” Then comes a threat: “Unless the new US administration takes forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians, the peace process, the US-Saudi relationship and the stability of the region are at risk.”
Turki goes on to instruct in detail the new administration what to do:
Condemn Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians and support a UN resolution to that effect; condemn the Israeli actions that led to this conflict, from settlement building in the West Bank to the blockade of Gaza and the targeted killings and arbitrary arrests of Palestinians; declare America’s intention to work for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, with a security umbrella for countries that sign up and sanctions for those that do not; call for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Shab‘ah Farms in Lebanon; encourage Israeli-Syrian negotiations for peace; and support a UN resolution guaranteeing Iraq’s territorial integrity. Mr Obama should strongly promote the Abdullah peace initiative.
Finally Turki notes that Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on “Saudi Arabia to lead a jihad against Israel [that] would, if pursued, create unprecedented chaos and bloodshed.” He soothingly notes that, “So far, the kingdom has resisted these calls,” but then reiterates his threat a third time: “every day this restraint becomes more difficult to maintain. … Eventually, the kingdom will not be able to prevent its citizens from joining the worldwide revolt against Israel.”
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How quickly they turn. Why wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that the Saudis were BLAMING HAMAS for the Gaza attack?
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