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Saudi Arabia: If the United States Vetoes Palestinian Membership, It Will Lose Saudi Arabia As An Ally


Will Obama placate yet again to ‘Muslim sensitivities’ and refrain from vetoing Palestinian membership on September 20th?  Contrary to what al-Faisal believes, there will be ‘another war in the region‘ regardless of whether or not the US exercises its veto power, and I think we all know what will happen to Saudi Arabia sooner rather than later if the ‘special relationship’ between the oppressive desert kingdom and the land of the free ceases to exist …

By Chris McGreal – “A FORMER head of Saudi Arabian intelligence and ex-ambassador to Washington, Turki al-Faisal, has warned that an American veto of Palestinian membership of the United Nations would end the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries, and make the US ‘toxic’ in the Arab world.

The warning comes as Washington is scrambling to avoid a scenario where it alone casts a veto in the UN Security Council against the Palestinian bid for recognition of statehood, which is expected to be formally requested next week.

The US is putting considerable pressure on the Palestinians not to submit the request, and on Britain – the only other permanent member of the Security Council that has not publicly supported the Palestinian request – to also exercise its veto if necessary.

Mr Faisal says in an article in The New York Times that the US will jeopardise its close ties with Saudi Arabia and further undermine its position in a changing Arab world if it again sides with Israel.

‘The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region,’ Mr Faisal says.

‘Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to co-operate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the ‘special relationship’ between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.’ He adds: ‘Saudi leaders would be forced by domestic and regional pressures to adopt a far more independent and assertive foreign policy.’ Read more.

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