Consider yourselves warned, infidels
“If the U.S. wants to continue playing a leadership role in the Middle East and keep its strategic alliances intact — especially its ‘special relationship’ with Saudi Arabia — it will have to drastically revise its policies vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine.” He even suggests a risk that, upon the promptings of Iran, Saudi Arabia will “lead a jihad, or holy war, against Israel.”
Good ol’ Prince Turki al-Faisal. Only a little over a year ago did I see this now saber-rattling sheikh at the U.S. Library of Congress; of course, then he was treated — as are all deep-pocketed Saudis — with much pomp and grandeur.
“Saudi prince says U.S. ties at risk over Mideast,” from Reuters, January 22:
LONDON (Reuters) – A member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family warned U.S. President Barack Obama Friday the Middle East peace process and U.S.-Saudi ties were at risk unless Washington changed tack on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel had come close to “killing the prospect of peace” with its offensive in Gaza, Prince Turki al-Faisal wrote in an article published on the Financial Times’s website.
“Unless the new U.S. administration takes forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians, the peace process, the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the stability of the region are at risk,” said Turki, a former Saudi intelligence chief and former ambassador to the United States and Britain.[…]
Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration had left a “sickening legacy” in the Middle East, Turki wrote, singling out the Iraq war.
The Bush administration had also contributed to the “slaughter of innocents” in Gaza, said Turki, who currently holds no official government position in the world’s top crude oil exporter.
“If the U.S. wants to continue playing a leadership role in the Middle East and keep its strategic alliances intact — especially its ‘special relationship’ with Saudi Arabia — it will have to drastically revise its policies vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine,” Turki wrote. He said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had written to Saudi King Abdullah last week urging Saudi Arabia to lead a “jihad,” or holy war, against Israel.
This call for jihad would, if pursued, create “unprecedented chaos and bloodshed” in the region, said Turki.
“So far, the kingdom has resisted these calls, but every day this restraint becomes more difficult to maintain,” he said.
Turki urged Obama to condemn what he called “Israel’s atrocities” against the Palestinians…