In an LA Times op-ed, Turki al Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the US, has criticized US President Donald Trump’s recent Jerusalem announcement.
But that is all window dressing. He reveals his true feelings in one of the early paragraphs.
President Trump recently announced his decision to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past,” Trump said Dec. 6. “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
No, Mr. Trump: You are making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. With this act, you repeat the failed assumptions and strategies of your predecessor President Truman, who, against the advice of his secretary of State, the distinguished Gen. George Marshall, recognized Israel as a state, precipitating a historic injustice that has allowed that state to oppress the Palestinian people and occupy their and other Arab lands. Bloodshed and mayhem followed Truman’s act, arguably an opportunistic move in order to make electoral gain. Bloodshed and mayhem will definitely follow your opportunistic attempt to make electoral gain.
No, Mr. Trump: Your course of action is not in the best interest of the United States. By this action, you have abandoned the promise you made to the Muslim people of the world last May in Riyadh “to offer partnership based on shared interests and values, to pursue a better future for us all.” Where in your unilateral and misguided act is the partnership that you promised?
By condemning President Truman’s recognition of Israel in 1948 as an “historic injustice”, he is revealing he opposes Israel’s very existence. And this is coming from a Saudi, who are supposedly making overtures towards Israel as Iran looms as a common threat.
In this way, he is indicative of most of the Arab and Muslim world. They are not interested in no war. They are interested in no Israel.
My suggestion to Turki al Faisal is to concentrate on the “historical injustices” on his doorstep instead of trying to delegitimize the very existence of the best thing to happen to the Middle East since ever. To paraphrase his own words
Just ask the Muslims who live there and suffer discrimination and denial of their rights.