The Kingdom of Incitement

(Wall Street Journal) - Dore Gold Post-war diplomacy must achieve two changes in Saudi behavior if the war on terrorism is to be won. First, pressure must be placed on Riyadh. Saudi Arabia cannot author a new Middle East peace plan while subsidizing suicide attacks. Despite its protests that it no longer is in contact with "suspected groups," the Saudis openly hosted one of the heads of Hamas as late as October 2002 and reassured him of continuing aid. Second, the incitement of an entire generation of Saudis that delegitimizes other religious groups must come to an end. After Sept. 11, religious tolerance is not only a fitting subject for interfaith dialogues - it now must be a part of the new agenda for global security.

2003-04-14 00:00:00

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