Prominent Saudi newspapers slammed Israel Monday for its "aggressive" policies in light of the Jewish state's straining ties with Turkey and Egypt and the impending Palestinian bid
for UN recognition.
has convinced the world that any measure taken against it is either anti-Semitic or an act of Arab or Islamic terror," the newspaper Alriyadh said in an editorial. "The Arab revolutions have renewed the popular belief that Israel has remained the epitome of aggressive behavior, being an entity propagated by an international plot backed by Europe and the US."
The editorial addressed Israel's crisis with Turkey,
claiming that Ankara rejected the "contempt that Israel showed towards it."
The Almadina daily tackled the issue as well, declaring that the Jewish state "is more isolated than ever," as indicated by the expulsion of its ambassador from Ankara, the attack on its embassy in Cairo
and the Palestinians' insistence on turning to the UN for the recognition of a state within the 1967 lines.
Jerusalem refused to respond to the Saudi reports, but addressed the recent remarks made by King Abdullah the II
of Jordan, who claimed that his nation and "the future Palestine are stronger than Israel is today." Political sources said that the "king's statements should be monitored due to the internal sensitivities within the kingdom. The situation in Jordan is very delicate."
A government official said that King Abdullah's remarks should be taken with a grain of salt. "The king has strong ties with the US, and has strong interests with Israel," he said. "We should keep that front calm, and follow the developments."
Attila Somfalvi contributed to the report