What’s a Smart Jewish Boy from Brooklyn Doing in A Place Like Saudi Arabia (?)

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The Worst Kept Secret In The Middle East: The Evolving Alliance Between Saudi Arabia and Israel


Regrettably there are not many places outside of the U.S. where they love Jews and Israel. For many of us respect is far more to be desired than love. Love is one of those overused, squishy weasel words. It means so many different things, and is used so promiscuously, that the word has lost much of its meaning. Respect has to be earned. Israel has obviously earned the respect if not the love, of some of the most important elements of the Saudi establishment.


For example, my explorations of the Internet while I was in SA, during the mourning period for King Abdullah, led me to the following on The Times of Israel, Jan. 23, 2015 (King Abdullah died on Jan. 22)Peres, Rivlin, Mourn loss of Saudi King

“Israeli Leaders praise Abdullah’s leadership, promotion of Mideast peace process…

rivlin “Israeli President Reuven Rivlin mourned the late Saudi monarch, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud who passed away aged 90 praising his regional policies. This despite the fact that Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations.“The king, was an example of grounded, considered and responsible leadership, with a deep religious tradition,’ Rivlin said in a statement…“As ‘Guardian of the Holy Places’ of Islam, King Abdullah acted as a moderator, respecting the sensitivity and sanctity of Jerusalem and sought to promote prosperity for the region. His wise policies contributed greatly to our region, and to the stability of the Middle East.
“Former President Shimon Peres also hailed the king, lamenting his passing as a ‘great loss for peace in the Middle East. He was an experienced leader and a wise King. He had courage … to stand up to and introduce a peace program for the Middle East said Peres, in reference to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative .”“I’m not sure that we could have accepted all of the terms in the peace process, but the spirit, the strength and the wisdom invested in it led to a process that serves still as ‘a powerful base for making peace,’ the former Israeli President told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Conference in Davos.“The peace initiative put forward by Abdullah offered Israel blanket recognition from 22 Arab states in return for an independent state for the Palestinians.” peres


That was amazing enough. Until additional on-line exploration revealed further surprises.“Saudi Arabia Prepared to Let Israel Into Saudi Airspace to Bomb Iranian Nuclear Sites If Necessary”

Washington Free Beacon Feb. 25, 2015

“JERUSALEM – Saudi Arabia has let Israel know that it is prepared to allow Israeli warplanes to fly over Saudi territory to bomb nuclear installations in Iran if that should prove to be necessary, Israel’s Channel 2 has reported, The station cited a ‘knowledgeable’ European official in Brussels as saying, ‘The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on matters related to Iran.’

“Channel Two’s foreign affairs reporter said that the Saudis have asked Israel for “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue to make Riyadh’s cooperation with Israel more palatable to the Muslim world. There has been no Israeli reaction to the report.

“If Israeli planes overfly Saudi territory they would be spared a lengthy detour around the Persian Gulf, leaving them more time over target. Israeli planes have overflown Saudi territory at least once before when they bombed and destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981. The planes flew close to the desert floor in an attempt to avoid Saudi radar. There was no attempt to intercept them.”

While paying lip service to the politically correct Islamic requirement for pronouncements of undying enmity towards Israel, as seen above it appears that on issues such as,

• The realistic fear of Iran developing nuclear weapons,
• Significant levels of support by Iran for violent militias seeking to take control of, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and in time, Saudi Arabia,
• Respect for Israel’s strong diplomatic, military, intelligence and security systems capabilities,

Under the circumstances, the Saudi’s and the Israelis have been building close operational ties with each other. Egypt has become an active participant in the alliance as well.

Looking back at our own recent history, such engagements should not be all that surprising. Recall that during World II, the Germans (Krauts) and the Japanese (Japs or Nips) were our hated, mortal enemies, and the Russians and the Chinese were our heroic allies. After the war the Russians and the Chinese became our mortal enemies, and the Germans and the Japanese miraculously joined the list of our best buddies and dependable allies. As it is written, “The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend. The Friend of My Enemy Is My Enemy.”.

On the other hand, I was told more than a few times while I was in SA, “It is a well known fact that,

• Israel and the Jews control the United States,
• Together they organized and financed 9/11 in order to turn the world against the Arabs, and to give George Bush an excuse to invade Iraq, get control of its oil reserves, and replace Saddam Hussein,
• There is no proof that Osama bin Laden was in any way connected to 9/11,
• Saudi Arabia could not possibly have been involved in 9/11, because Islam is a religion of peace. And what happened on 9/11 was contrary to all of the teachings of the Prophet, that all Saudis deeply to believe in.
• When I pointed out that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, the response was they must have been,
- Injected with mind altering drugs by the CIA,
- Brainwashed by the CIA,
- Mentally deranged.
- Or all of the above.
osama“There is no proof that Osama bin Laden was in any way connected to 9/11″


The Internet is full of postings by all kinds of loony conspiracy crackpots, who claim to have irrefutable proof that some, if not all of the above fantasies are valid. Not one of them was from a creditable source.

Speaking of non-creditable, loony conspiracy crackpots, on June 19, 2015, none other than the Wall Street Journal reported in an article under the headline, Saudi Arabia Reluctantly Finds Common Cause With Israel,

“The Houthis (in Yemen) for their part have accused Saudi Arabia of launching airstrikes against them ‘on the order of Israel’ and claimed that Israeli pilots are flying Saudi jets – allegations routinely reported as fact by Iranian media.”

A report by the Pew Research Center titled Muslim-Western Tensions Persist, Common Concerns About Islamic Extremism, published on July 21, 2011, in discussing Arab Opinions about 9/11 reported the following,

“Nearly a decade after Sep. 11, 2001, skepticism about events of that day persists among Muslim publics. When asked whether they think groups of Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks on the U. S., most Muslims in the nations surveyed say they do not believe this.

“There is no Muslim public in which even 30% accept that Arabs conducted the attacks. Indeed Muslims in Jordan, Egypt and Turkey are less likely to accept this today than in 2006.”


4 – There were lots of good reasons for me to go to SA. I am a news junkie. There are few countries in the world in which the media I respect, are reporting on more intensely every day, that are as important and as interesting geo-politically and culturally as is SA.

Of course I could watch the insufferable, blow-dried plastic pundits read their blather from their teleprompters on TV. Many of them have never been off the beaten path in any of the countries I prefer to travel in, or in any country for that matter. Yet they share their profound insights on SA between endless, mindless commercials for things that I have no interest whatever in buying. Unless the name was clearly marked in large block letters, most of them couldn’t locate the Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf, or the Red Sea on a map if their lives depended on it.

Or I could go there myself. Do a lot of research before I get on the airplane. Ask questions. Learn. Wander around. Get a little dirty. Touch, smell, taste the country. Eat my lunches in Bucharri restaurants that specialize in serving the excellent chicken and rice dishes, that the country’s foreign workers enjoy and can afford. All very expensive, exciting, exhilarating. It also helps to remind me that I am still alive. And I need all of the help I can get on that score.

And if per chance the unexpected worst possibility were to occur, as my daughter Tamar once observed; “You would much rather die getting your head blown off on the top of a mountain somewhere in the middle of nowhere, than in a hospital bed on a morphine drip, with tubes coming out of every orifice in your body”. Amen to that. She got it dead right.

In 1981 Saudi Crown Prince Fahd (later King) offered Israel a similar peace plan. In both instances, Israel never acknowledged the offers.

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