A New Saudi Perspective for Peace

(Israel Hayom) Abdul Hameed Al-Ghabin - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a very open stance of seeking better ties to the Jewish people and to Israel. Some call this "normalization." I call it plain common sense. Saudi Arabia is strong - financially, politically and militarily. We have the second-largest air force in the Middle East. We operate tactical fighter aircraft like the F-15 that provide air superiority and we have advanced long-range missile systems. Iran knows this. We see Israel as a logical future partner for us as we have mutual enemies: Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and a handful of reckless rulers who remain in power in our region. Sadly, the Kingdom of Jordan's state media and state-controlled writers have been attacking Saudi Arabia ever since the latter began seeking improved relations with Israel. Jordan's sidekick, the Palestinian Authority, has been doing the same. Our message, as Saudis, is clear to everyone: We want a fair, just, lasting, and prosperous peace for the region. We want prosperity instead of misery, stability to replace unrest, and love to eradicate radical ideology. This could never be done without extending a peaceful hand to the Israelis. Abdul Hameed Al-Ghabin is a Saudi writer and a political and tribal figure.

2019-08-21 00:00:00

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