The reality of Saudi Arabia

A look at the facts shows that Saudi Arabia has to effect some basic changes to be considered a peace partner - or peace facilitator - for Israel.

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David Bedein,

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1.    Saudi Arabia, kingpin of the Arab League, is still at war with Israel.

The Arab League declared war to decimate the nascent Jewish state in 1948. On May 15, 1948, on the very day that Israel declared its independence from the British empire, the Arab League, comprised of the Arab states in the Middle East, invoked the charter of the Arab League to declare a war, whose purpose was to exterminate the fledgling Jewish state.

Of the five Arab League nations that border Israel, Egypt and Jordan made peace treaties with Israel, while Lebanon and Syria signed armistice agreements with Israel.

The fifth nation that borders Israel at the tip of Eilat is Saudi Arabia, the only Arab nation contiguous to Israel which has remained in an active state of war with Israel since 1948 and the only Arab nation state contiguous to Israel that has never signed a peace agreement or even an armistice deal with Israel.  

In the context of its war with Israel, Saudi Arabia has consistently funded all terror groups at war with Israel which until recently were based in Damascus.

Saudi Arabia has earned the distinction of being the first nation since the Third Reich which is officially “Judenrein” – Jew free.  By law, no Jew may live in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia was the patron of the Mecca agreement between Fatah and Hamas, which, for the first time in modern history, aligned all Palestinian Arab terrorist factions against the state of Israel.

Saudi Arabia remains the kingpin of the Arab League.  The issue is not whether the Arab League will recognize Israel.  The issue is whether the Arab League will suspend its war against Israel.

For a generation, people in Israel have forgotten that the Arab League remains at war with Israel.   Its charter has not changed one iota.  Read it: here

2.   Saudi Arabia pursues  the bomb.

The Tel Aviv based Institute of National Security Studies issued a report which confirmed  Riyad is working on the bomb.  That report can be found here.

The report, entitled “The Saudi Nuclear Option,” authored by senior intelligence analyst Yoel Guzansky, asserts that “Various developments therefore may lead Saudi Arabia to accelerate its timetable, and along with or instead of developing independent nuclear infrastructures, it is not inconceivable that it would prefer buying turnkey components, enter into a military treaty with Pakistan, and in certain scenarios, even deploy Pakistani nuclear forces on Saudi soil because of the urgency and its lack of appropriate infrastructures.”

This study has hardly been reported in Israel – because INSS couched Saudi’s nuclear option only as a response to a possible Iranian threat against Saudi Arabia.

3.   The Saudi Peace Initiative, mentioned as a step towards peace, is based on flooding Israel with the descendants of Arab refugees from 1948.

 Only one  week after the Saudi Initiative was launched in March 2002,  Professor Itamar Rabinovich – who served as Israeli Ambassador to the United States (1993-96), chief Israeli negotiator with Syria during the premiership of Yitzhak Rabin, and a prominent figure of the Israeli left wing–wrote a crucial article in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Published on April 7, 2002, the article revealed that the Saudi plan was predicated on the acceptance of  "a just and agreed solution to the refugee problem on the basis of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 of December 1948."

Only If Israel agrees to these terms, "would the Arab states consider this to be the end of the conflict and establish normal relations with Israel.”
Rabinovich  revealed that the summit conference published a "concluding statement that emphasized, among other points, that Israel must allow the Palestinians to achieve all their rights, including the guarantee of the ‘right of return’ of the Palestinian refugees on the basis of legitimate international resolutions and on the basis of principles of international law including General Assembly Resolution 194.”

The Arab League  also emphasized its support for Lebanon to use all legitimate means with regard to the liberation of its territory from Israeli "occupation" up to the recognized international border, and asserted that peace and security in the region mandate that Israel affiliate itself with the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and open its nuclear facilities to international supervision.”

In other words, the Saudi plan is hardly a peace plan.

Saudi Arabia suddenly increased its UNRWA support by a whopping 2,300% between 2008 and 2016.  In 2008, it ranked as the Number 19 UNRWA backer with a 6 million dollar donation for that year.  By 2016 Saudi Arabia ranked as the Number 3 UNRWA backer with a donation of 148 million dollars for that year.

Unprecedented mass Saudi support for UNRWA can be seen in the context of increased Hamas domination of UNRWA facilities and new military indoctrination in the UNRWA schools, and in the war curriculum now used by UNRWA schools.

While it may be possible to influence western donors to UNRWA to condition funds to UNRWA on a cessation of violent incitement, such influence on the Saudis will be hard to facilitate.