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Op-Ed: For a Palestinian State - in Saudi Arabia

The Saudis are rich. The Palestinians are poor. The Saudis have a country. The Palestinians don't. So why shouldn't there be a Palestinian state ? in Saudi Arabia?
Published: Monday, December 09, 2002 12:49 AM


The Saudis are rich. The Palestinians are poor. The Saudis have a country. The Palestinians don't. So why shouldn't there be a Palestinian state ? in Saudi Arabia?

Let's rewind for a minute and ask: Why are the Saudis rich? They have oil. This is obvious. Not so obvious is this question: Why are the Palestinians poor? Month after month, the Palestinian Authority keeps being fed millions of dollars through the generosity of the European Union, the United States and fellow Arabs, namely, in fact, Saudi Arabia. This money could have been used to enrich the lives of Palestinians living in lands that had been awarded to them through the Oslo accords. Oslo gave them half of the West Bank and most of Gaza and would have given more, had they not resorted to terrorism.

That's it in a nutshell. They did resort to terrorism. Rather than use those millions to build an economic infrastructure, Arafat and company opted for a terrorist infrastructure. Instead of building homes, they built bombs.

The Saudis? Why shouldn?t they be replaced, as the Taliban were replaced from Afghanistan? No amount of double-talk can obscure the fact that the Saudis are the enemy ? the enemy to all that is Christian, Jewish and civilized. The Saudis ? the Saudi 15 ? gave us 9/11. The Saudis gave us Osama bin Laden. Saudi schools and mosques promote hatred of all that is Christian, Jewish and Western. Saudi princes raise millions to support Palestinian terror by means of American-style telethons. Over the past few months, Congress has listenined to testimony from bereaved American mothers whose daughters have been kidnapped, brutalized, raped and enslaved in Saudi Arabia. They ask, "The Saudis are supposed to be our friends." They say, "But they're our biggest enemies." Is oil that thick? Is Saudi oil thicker than American blood?

Talk about a homeland for the Palestinians always centers around Israel. Why Israel? There never was a Palestinian state within Israel, not when it belonged to the Turks, not when it belonged to the Europeans, and not even when it belonged to the Arabs. Why all of a sudden now? Because it's in the hands of Israel, and the Jews turned it from a swamp into an oasis? Talk about a capital for this Palestinian state always centers around Jerusalem. Why Jerusalem? Jerusalem was never the capital of any nation except Israel, from the days of King David. But ? it keeps being said ? the Palestinians want Jerusalem for their capital. On what basis? They want even more, according to a recent survey. Seventy percent of the Arabs polled want all of Israel. They want it all to themselves, cleansed of Jews. Seventy percent.

Given that they refuse to live with Jews as neighbors, they ought to be much more at home with fellow Arabs. Hence, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis won't even have to leave ? though, given their criminality and war crimes they really should be cowering in caves along with their Taliban brothers. But that may be too much to ask. They do have all that oil, and therefore all that influence. Besides oil, however, they also have room, plenty of room to accommodate a Palestinian homeland.

This kind of a deal makes sense. First, Yasser Arafat would no longer merely be Chairman Arafat. He?d become Prince Arafat, or maybe even King Arafat. Second, if Jerusalem is holy to Islam, Mecca is even holier. That's in Saudi Arabia.

The Palestinian Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Has a certain ring to it, huh?
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Jack Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller Indecent Proposal, a former radio and newspaper editor covering the Mideast and a former American volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces. His columns can be read online at http://www.comteqcom.com/jackcolumn.php. He can be reached at JackEngelhard@ComteQcom.com.

[This article was originally written the week of June 24, 2002.]