Saudi Foreign Minister signals coexistence with Israel, pressure on Palestinians
The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS’s depredations in Syria and Iraq, and Hamas’s misrule in Gaza have finally caused the Saudis to publicly signal a rethinking of the reflexive commitment to destroying Israel. A tacit alignment of Saudi Arabia with Israel has long been discussed, but a very senior and influential member of the Saudi ruling family has very publicly declared that maybe the Jewish state can be tolerated, the Palestinians should ramp down their attempts to destroy it. AWD News reports (hat tip: Instapundit):
Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.
Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law.
The Saudi official further added that Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas which is seeking more wars.
Wow! This comes from not exactly a pipsqueak:
Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: سعود بن فيصل بن عبد العزيز آل سعود), also known as Saud Al Faisal(Arabic: سعود الفيصل) (born 2 January 1940), has been the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia since 1975. He is the world's longest-serving foreign minister. (snip)
Saud bin Faisal was born in Taif on 2 January 1940. He is the second son of King Faisal and Iffat Al-Thunayan. He attended the Hun School of Princeton and graduated from Princeton University in 1964 or 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He is full brother of Mohammed bin Faisal, Turki bin Faisal,Luluwah bint Faisal, Sara bint Faisal and Haifa bint Faisal.
He became an economic consultant for the ministry of petroleum. In 1966, he moved to general organization for petroleum and mineral resources (Petromin). In February 1970, he became deputy governor of Petromin for planning affairs. He was also a member of the High Coordination Committee. In 1971, he became deputy minister of petroleum. Until his appointment as state minister for foreign affairs in 1975, Prince Saud served in this post at the oil ministry.
Other than the King, there are very few Saudis who outrank him.
Richard Fernadez of PJ Media comments:
The Muslim world has for decades tried to destroy the Jews and in its desperation raised up one tyrant or mad fanatical movement after the other to carry out the program. And now these monsters are starting to turn on them. Syria is ruined; the ‘Arab Spring’ has burned out much of the region. Generations of young men have been brought up with no marketable skills; only a desire for suicide, an aptitude for destruction and an unquenchable hate. Perhaps the Saudis and the Gulf States are wondering if their creations will gobble them up. (snip)
Golda Meir once said there would be peace when the Arab parents loved their children more than they hated the Jew. Or — she forgot to add — the fear of movements like al-Qaeda and ISIS grew greater than the odium for the Jewish state. The attraction of radical Islam, especially for the rootless Muslims of the west is its promise of a life without restraint. An existence beyond the laws of men or decency and — it may prove — the control of their elders. But that lack of restraint is not real freedom, rather a chain by which they are bound to a life of utter destructiveness.
We’ll know that the Saudis are really serious when they start reining in the Wahhabi clergy and replacing the textbooks they send overseas with ones that advocate getting along with Israel.
But before that happens, we may see some more interesting developments, such as potentially a Saudi-supported Israeli raid on the Iranian nuclear reactors making fissionable material. Both nations have great reason to want the mullahs’ plans derailed, and with their convenient location, armaments, and money, the Saudis are in a great position to help Israel do what needs to be done.