Friday, 23 January 2009

Saudi Prince warns US over Middle East

Saudi Arabia is regarded as pro western and one of four Arab countries that have formal ties to Israel.

Yet, even they regard ex-President George W Bush’s Middle Eastern policies as "sickening".

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and former ambassador to the US, UK and Ireland wrote in the Financial Times:

The US administration needs to takes "forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians" if it wants to be taken seriously.

He said that George Bush was leaving a "sickening legacy" in the region. One example of this was the "arrogant attitude about the butchery in Gaza".

President Barack Obama, apart from condemning Hamas for firing of rockets at Israel, should also condemn Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians.

He should also "forcefully condemn the Israeli actions that led to this conflict, from settlement building in the West Bank to the blockade of Gaza and the targeted killings and arbitrary arrests of Palestinians."

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