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Saudis: NYT and TURKI al-FAISAL don’t forget Shebba

TURKI al-FAISAL wrote his op-ed last week in the NYT… and there are the obvious ironies of his soaring, self-congratulatory rhetoric, but I was struck by the magnamonious inclusion of the SHEBBA FARMS! How funny when the Future Movement patrons include it but the foot soldiers generally dismiss it as a mere ploy:

“…Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, the custodian of its two holy mosques, the world’s energy superpower and the de facto leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds — that is why our recognition is greatly prized by Israel. However, for all those same reasons, the kingdom holds itself to higher standards of justice and law. It must therefore refuse to engage Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights as well as Shabaa Farms in Lebanon. For Saudis to take steps toward diplomatic normalization before this land is returned to its rightful owners would undermine international law and turn a blind eye to immorality.”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

September 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

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