Israel acts like the world's "spoilt child": Saudi Arabia

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Israeli border police officers take position during a protest by Palestinian and international activists against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah January 1, 2010, to mark the founding of the Fatah movement. REUTERS/Steve Crisp

Israeli border police officers take position during a protest by Palestinian and international activists against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah January 1, 2010, to mark the founding of the Fatah movement.

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RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Saturday said Israel was the world's "spoilt child" and got away with what Riyadh said were violations of international law and war crimes without punishment. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal also urged countries to adopt "a firm and serious stance to put an end to the policy of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories and in Jerusalem."

"Not reaching solutions (for the Middle East conflict) is (the result of) the special treatment Israel gets," he said at a news conference with visiting Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

"When they violate international law, other countries get punished but not Israel ... Israel has become like the spoilt child of the international community.

"It (Israel) gets away with anything it does without accountability or punishment," he added.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is backed by Riyadh, has insisted Israel freeze Jewish settlement building before peace talks for a Palestinian state in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war resume. He has rejected a temporary halt to construction ordered by Netanyahu as insufficient.

Israel announced on Monday plans to build nearly 700 new Jewish homes in areas of the occupied West Bank it considers part of Jerusalem, prompting strong U.S. criticism implying they could undermine peace talks.

Prince Saud said the policy of expanding settlements was "a source of deep concern and condemnation for both us and the international community."

"This policy casts doubts on the seriousness of (Israel's) commitment to the peace process," Prince Saud said.

Saudi Arabia floated in 2002 an Arab peace plan that calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a "fair" solution to the crisis of Palestinian refugees in exchange for normalized ties with the Arab world.

(Reporting by Souhail Karam)

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Comments (3)
ralph232 wrote:
A COUNTRY WHERE NEITHER HUMAN RIGHTS NOR DEMOCRACY ARE RESPECTED AND AS A SPONSOR
OF TERRORISM MUST LOOK AT ITSELF BEFORE GIVING LESSONS TO OTHERS.

Jan 03, 2010 4:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Teekay wrote:
On the one hand, given Saudi Arabia’s woeful record on democracy, human rights & the rights of women, it can ill afford to cast the first stone (no pun intended). On the other hand, it’s criticisms of Israel is justified but, given the kid glove treatment Israel has received for recent serious human rights violations from the International community, notably US & Europe, it is hard to expect any kind of resolution of the crisis in the forseeable future.

Jan 03, 2010 11:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IMPOSSIBLEMAN wrote:
What democracy are you talking about, is it the democracy that divides people by their race ?
Is it the democracy that prevents food and water from 1 million people ?

Is it the democracy that bombards children and women and claims that it was hit by some weak rockets ?

Is it it the democracy that committed so many massacres to the Palestinians ?

You don’t know any thing about democracy, you just follow what your Jewish rulers and what the media tells you.
Shame on you

Jan 04, 2010 5:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
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