From Turki al-Faisal in the New York Times:
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.
Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has…
Ok, deal – all we have to do is the right thing, and the Saudis will have to cut their ties with us. Wonderful! Best thing I’ve heard in months on the foreign policy scene. No longer shackled to a corrupt, oppressive, Islamist monarchy which provides bags of money for the Islamo-fascist enemies of the United States.
The linked Op-Ed goes on to claim that bid for statehood by the Palestinians is just basic justice. I can’t see it as such. The people of so-called Palestine have indicated no willingness to engage the Israelis in a decent manner. Whether this is because of a malevolent spirit on the part of the people, or because the leaders of the people are deliberately orchestrating the evil is impossible to know…but until there is a fundamental change in Palestinian actions, not much can be done. The United States cannot – morally or strategically – mid-wife the creation of an entity determined to massacre the Israelis. It would be good to see Israel go one full year without a single terrorist attack by Islamists. No rocket attacks from Gaza or Lebanon; no attempted cross-border incursions; no attempt to run the Gaza blockade. If that happens, then we could consider backing statehood. Until then, nothing doing.
As for Saudi Arabia: good riddance to bad rubbish, I say…unfortunately, watch as our foreign policy “realists” react with horror to the mere thought that the Saudi monarchy might be displeased with us.