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April 27, 2016 11:09 am

Retired Saudi General Voices Support for Embassy in Tel Aviv

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The flag of Saudi Arabia. A retired Saudi general spoke in support of establishing an embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The flag of Saudi Arabia. A retired Saudi general spoke in support of establishing an embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Anwar Eshki, a retired major general in the Saudi military, said on Monday that Saudi Arabia would establish an embassy in Tel Aviv in exchange for Israel adopting the Arab Peace Initiative.

“If he (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) announces that he accepts the initiative and gives all rights to Palestinians, Saudi Arabia will start to make an embassy in Tel Aviv,” Eshki said in an interview with Al Jazeera.

“We do not like Israel becoming isolated in the area,” Eshki added.

After being accused by one of the Al Jazeera program’s anchors of neglecting the Palestinians, especially when they are “being bombed” in Gaza, Eshki said, “I told the Iranians about that: ‘You support the Palestinians by weapons, but we support them with money. When we support the Palestinians with money, we want them to live well, and you give them weapons to destroy themselves.’”

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Eshki is no stranger to warm overtures toward Israel. Last year at an event in Washington, DC, he publicly shook hands with Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold and also conducted an interview with an Israeli TV station.

Originally proposed in 2002, the Arab Peace Initiative—which calls for Israel to completely withdraw to its pre-1967 borders as well as for the return of Palestinian refugees, in exchange for recognition of Israel by the Arab world—has not been pursued by Israel. But Netanyahu has said in the past that there are “positive and negative aspects” to the initiative.

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  • Rita Crespi

    Give them NOTHING. This is just a new way to weaken Israel and to have a closer vantage point for them to attack Israel. Why is it always Israel that has to “give back”? How is it that Palestinian terrorists don’t have to stop their terror attacks? Why aren’t the Palestinians using the money and equipment they receive to rebuild their country and make it a livable area instead of a hovel? The Palestinians are never asked to stop or give back or cease fire. They are never condemned or sanctioned by the UN. If they bomb Israel, it’s somehow turned into Israel’s fault! I don’t see any countries in the EU or the UN saying that Israel has contributed remarkable advances in medical and technological fields. It doesn’t stop these hypocrites from using these things but when they start talking about how to achieve peace in the Middle East, it’s always Israel that has to “give back”! They are the only democratic country in that area. They are the only country that took a desert and created paradise while their enemies sit in from of fire pits and instead of finding ways to improve their situation, they sit and plot how to destroy Israel!
    Again, give them NOTHING until they decide they love their children more than they hate I srael! Otherwise, the only thing I would give them is a taste of Armageddon!

  • For the best agreement between Israel and the Arab world is to see into the deep future for generations to come!

  • For the best agreement between Israel and the Arab world is to see into the deep future for generation to come!

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