Saudi prince Al Waleed bin Talal made a rather surprising statement saying that he would side with Israel in case if of a war between Palestine and Israel.
“I will side with the Jewish nation and its democratic aspirations in case of outbreak of a Palestinian Intifada (uprising),” – Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (Source: Kuwaiti Al Qabas daily).
“I shall exert all my influence to break any ominous Arab initiatives set to condemn Tel Aviv, because I deem the Arab-Israeli entente and future friendship necessary to impede the Iranian dangerous encroachment.” – He added
According to the Kuwaiti daily, the prince and entrepreneur urged the Saudi Kingdom to devise a new strategy to combat Iran’s increasing influence in Gulf States by forging a defense pact with Tel Aviv to deter any possible Iranian moves in the light of unfolding developments in Syria and Moscow’s military intervention. The Saudi prince is on a regional tour, visiting the other Gulf Arab littoral states–Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman–to muster support for Saudi-backed rebels in Syria, reported the daily.
“The whole Middle East dispute is tantamount to matter of life and death for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from my vantage point, and I know that Iranians seek to unseat the Saudi regime by playing the Palestinian card, hence to foil their plots Saudi Arabia and Israel must bolster their relations and form a united front to stymie Tehran’s ambitious agenda.” – Al Waleed (Source:Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA)).
The Saudi prince maintained that Iran sought to bolster its presence in the Mediterranean by supporting the Assad regime in Syria. He added that Russia had become a real co-belligerent force in Syria’s four-year-old civil war by attacking CIA-trained rebels which was why there was a need for a Saudi-Israeli nexus to frustrate Russia-Iran-Hezbollah axis.
Further, he said that Riyadh and Tel Aviv must achieve a modus vivendi, for Saudi policy in regard to Arab-Israeli crisis was no longer tenable.
Al Waleed Bin Talal also spoke about Saudi Arabia’s military presence in Bahrain to stifle the 2011 pro-deaconry movement.
“…You know the union with Bahrain doesn’t explicitly mean to annex our dear neighbours, but in fact we are wary about the future of Bahrain, its people security and well-being. Bahrain is the home to US fifth fleet which its presence is of vital interest for Saudi Arabia, thus we cannot permit Iran to wreak havoc in our back yard.”
Source : Express Tribune