Saudi leader King Abdullah has urged US President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the Middle East conflict if necessary, Saudi newspaper Al Hayat reported on Sunday, quoting what it called informed sources.
During Obama’s visit to Riyadh last week, the Saudi monarch reportedly told the US leader that Arab patience was wearing thin and that a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict would serve as the “magic key” to solving all regional issues, such as the Iranian nuclear threat and the rise of Hamas and Hizbullah, Reuters cited the newspaper, which is owned by the king’s nephew.
“We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary,” Abdullah was quoted as telling Obama…
Saudi Arabia first proposed the Arab peace initiative in 2002, which calls for Israel’s complete withdrawal pre-1967 lines, including in east Jerusalem and on the Golan Heights, and a return of Palestinian refugees.
If the foreign policy of the United States of America is actually being determined by the Hereditary Racist Despot of Saudi Arabia, then we are in bad shape indeed. But how else can we explain the otherwise intelligent Obama’s mouthing some of the same rubbish? Of course in Saudi Arabia the HRD can say whatever he wants without fear of contradiction (contradicting the HRD will probably get one’s head chopped off), but here the obvious falsehood of this statement must not go unquestioned.
Obama has great respect for the HRD, who rules an apartheid kingdom in which there are no Jews, Christian churches or woman drivers. But did he ask him these questions?
- How will “solving the Palestinian issue” cause Iran to stop building a nuclear bomb? Is Iran trying to banish Western influence from the Mideast and establish a Shiite caliphate because Palestinians don’t have a state?
- How will it affect the rise of Hamas and Hezbollah? If a Palestinian state that tries to live in peace with Israel could be created, wouldn’t these groups oppose it? Their charters call for the elimination of the Jewish state, not a Palestinian state alongside it.
- Since Iran is bankrolling and arming the most extreme Palestinians, wouldn’t it make more sense to try to cut off this support first and then try to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Saudi Arabia is objectively one of the most socially and politically backward nations in the world, an absolute monarchy which officially banned slavery only in 1962 (but in which the practice continues), whose official web site declared until very recently that “Jewish persons” were forbidden to enter the Kingdom, where women are arrested and flogged for being in the company of unrelated males, homosexuality or cross-dressing is punished by long prison terms, and where Christians are persecuted.
Israel, on the other hand, is the most democratic country in the region, and the most enlightened by Western standards. It is preposterous that the HRD of Saudi Arabia should dictate to the US that it must force a “solution” — one, incidentally, that will result in the end of the Jewish state — on Israel.
Which of course, is what the Saudis are after.