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The outlandish computation of King Abdullah
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:07:42 GMT
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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz told French Defense Minister Herve Morin in a controversial statement less than two months ago said that Iran does not deserve to exist.

His comments came just a few days after Israelis forces raided the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31 and killed nine Turkish peace activists who were heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip along with 663 people from 37 countries to break the two-year blockade of the starving enclave.

The debatable remarks by Abdullah, however, did not come as a surprise since his Kingdom had previously announced on June 12 that it would allow Israel to use its airspace for launching a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Saudi Arabia, which is progressively moving towards establishing some clandestine connections with Tel Aviv in violation of the conventional agreement between Arab states to refuse to recognize Israel, has already set out an Iranophobia project which international observers consider to be in line with the large-scale policies of the White House on Iran.

It was first revealed in 2006 that Saudi Arabia had taken steps to come closer to Israel furtively. In a September 25, 2006 report, the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had a meeting with Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Jordan to discuss Iran-related issues. Bandar has served as the Secretary-General of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council since October 2005. Prince Bandar has been a close friend of the Bush family and held the post of Saudi Ambassador in Washington for 22 years. George W. Bush had given him the notorious nickname "Bandar Bush". In his 2004 book "House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties", the American journalist and author Craig Unger alluded to the relationship between the members of Saudi royal family, including Prince Bandar, and the Bush extended political family.

The same newspaper reported three weeks ago that an Israeli aircraft landed in early June at a military base in the city of Tabuk in northwestern Saudi Arabia and unloaded large quantities of military gear there as the Tel Aviv regime renewed its war threats against Iran.

According to the report first published by the Islam Times website, Israeli troops had built a military base approximately 9 km from Tabuk, and while Israeli planes landed there on June 18 and 19, all civilian flights were cancelled at the local airport.

Islam Times quoted one of the passengers at Tabuk airport as saying that nobody was given an explanation as to the reasons of flight cancellation, but the travelers were compensated by local authorities and accommodated in the nearby hotels.

The generous overtures of Riyadh to Tel Aviv, however, are not confined to the common anti-Iranian agenda of Israel and Saudi Arabia. Jerusalem Post reported on February 7, 2010 that the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon shook hands with former Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom Prince Turki al-Faisal on the sidelines of a Munich Security Council panel. This rare diplomatic gesture was described by the UK-based al-Quds al-Arabi as an "unprecedented" public debate about the extent of official Arab-Israeli relations.

Some historical studies indicate that the history of Saudi Arabia's underground relations with Israel date back to the era of King Fahd's monarchy. Ariel Sharon who served as Israeli Defense Minister during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon was quoted by the Israeli radio on February 20, 1989 as saying that Israel had received a $100 billion offer from Saudi regime to hoist the flag of Saudi Arabia over the Sacred Mosque in Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Menachem Begin rejected the offer emphatically.

Although the Saud family had boasted of having no diplomatic relations with Israel, they held secret meetings with Israeli officials on several occassions since the establishment of the Zionist regime in 1948. The Israeli radio reported on February 3, 1994 that the Israeli deputy foreign minister had planned to meet his Saudi opposite number in Ottawa after a trip to Europe and North America. The meeting followed a number of previous meetings which were covered in Al-Moustaqbal newspaper.

On December 30, the Arabic weekly Akhbar Al-Usbu reported that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal had held a secret meeting the previous week while another secret meeting between a Mossad executive and five Saudi intelligence officers was taking place in Athens, Greece.

Overall, the history of Saudi Arabia's longstanding underground relations with the regime of Israel can be unearthed with a little bit of study and research. Saudi Arabia's close ties with the United States and its sponsorship for the international terrorism is also known to everyone.

Ironically, it was Dore Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, who elaborately discussed Saudi Arabia's support for the international terrorism in his 2004 book "Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism".

Toby Harnden wrote in a May 2004 article published by the London Daily Telegraph that Dore Gold's information on Saudi Arabia's support for international terrorism is reliably accurate and precise: "Some senior officials, most notably in the Pentagon, echo the views of Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, whose recent book, Hatred's Kingdom, cites the Wahhabi extremism of Saudi Arabian clerics as a root cause of terrorism."

In their book "Forbidden Truth: US-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for bin Laden", the French intelligence analysts, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, claim that having known the deep roots of Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia and the enormity of their effect on the Saudi economy, the Clinton and Bush administrations obstructed the investigation of Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist gang so as to maintain good relations with Riyadh and uphold the stability of the oil market: "As the late John O'Neill told one of the authors [Brisard] of this book, all of the answers, all of the clues allowing us to dismantle Osama bin Laden's organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia."

Anyway, the Saudi government, by no means, can justify the uncalculated and baseless remarks of King Abdullah. He has made a remark in which there's no trace of rationality or logic. It's Saudi Arabia which is building a concealed partnership with the apartheid regime of Israel and supporting international terrorism; therefore, the public opinion can perfectly judge which political entity does not deserve to exist.
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