Opinion  Dr. Yaron Friedman
Why are Saudis pushing for peace with Israel?
Dr. Yaron Friedman
Published: 03.08.14, 01:11
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1. A very well thought and based article
Better later than ,   never   (08.03.14)
which proves, among others, a clear understanding of the facts and politics today in the Middle East by the writer. I only hope that his ideas of a peace-seeking Sunny Arab world will come to some fruition this lifetime rather than who knows when or never. Good work, Yaron.
2. Power is up for grabs everyday
Ezra ,   USA   (08.03.14)
They want peace because their power structure is being threatened. In an Arab dictatorship, power is up for grabs everyday.
3. This is a temporary interest and Saudis will backstab Israel
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (08.03.14)
4. I appreciate Yaron Friedman for .............
Luiz F Haddad ,   Niteroi, Brazil   (08.03.14)
his interesting article. Saudi Arabia, despite of her absolutist monarchy and religious intolerance, has been ruled by moderated kings during last decades. Jordan, Kuweit, Morocco, Oman, and Republics like Egypt, too. Israel must not despise it. Radicalism and hate, in Arab world, may be defeated by realistic views. Peace is going to prevail, and not so far. The own Palestinian people begins to understand that they suffer because of fanatical and stubborn leaders.
5. Because we are the best .
Dyslexic.. ,   Israel.....   (08.03.14)
6. A key point has been poorly addressed
Moshe ,   Israel   (08.03.14)
The respected author analyzed proficiently the situation in the Arab world, but failed to draw the right conclusion. Ha suggests implicitly that Israel join the Saudi-Egyptian axis, by accepting the Arab peace initiative from 2002 and 2007. But this "peace" proposal is in fact a mortal blow to Israel's existence, due to the following reasons : 1) It demands from the Jewish state to withdraw to the indefensible 1966 lines. 2) It grants the Palestinians full sovereignty and independence of their state, which means lack of Israel's control over the flow of weapons, terrorists and Arab armies into their territory. 3) It enables the new state to hit hard every spot in Israel. 4) The "right of return" which is included in the Arab initiative must be "in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194", which entails its full implementation and Israel's demographical (and apparently military) destruction .
7. We can and should be good friends
as long as they do not ask Israel for more concessions,instead,they should welcome the arab population in Gaza in their lands and help Israel to finish with Hamas terrorist entity. Israel can reach its hand to Saudis and together we can prosper,since arabs are inteligent in their ways and jews in theirs and together we can accomplish a lot for good,but CAUTION:Israel should not be asked for more land concessions or any other concessions for that matter.
8. Saudi outreach?
graczek ,   Maryland, USA   (08.03.14)
If this story isn't some kind of a weird plant, then the Saudi leadership is guilty of the most vile treachery against its own cobelligerents and coreligionists. Disgraceful!!
9. Saudi Arabia
MLerman ,   Rockville, MD, USA   (08.04.14)
The IDF is out of Gaza leaving in place a network of sensors (not 100% reliable); the tunnels are dead, any new similar activity will be destroyed; rockets from Gaza will be intercepted and launching pads destroyed; NO ceasefire! NO talks with Hamas.. UN may rest in peace.. The Arabs are losing the oil advantage: the foolish Europe will switch to Russian and Israeli oil and gas, the US will become self sufficient and import from Canada. Israel should cooperate with "Gazprom".
10. #8
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (08.04.14)
If it upsets you it must be good. Really good!
11. we'll be friends with the Sauds
Michelle ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (08.04.14)
Listen Saudi Arabia, if you're with us and Egypt and Jordan, then we're with you - we'd trust YOU BETTER to negotiate peace with Palestine today that the USA under Obama's rule, but your last peace proposal was too far off from what we could accept. THINK GENEVA ACCORD and you'll be getting warmer. --YES OUR HAND IS OUTSTRETCHED
12. Peace with KSA is very important goal
Alan ,   SA   (08.07.14)
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