Saudi Arabia has called for the inclusion of Palestine in the United Nations, signaling that the United States is losing key support of many traditional allies in the Middle East.
Days after the U.S. unequivocally said Palestine’s bid for full membership in the world body was not ripe and that it would veto such a move, Saudi Arabia, a staunch supporter and perceived errand boy in the Middle East, toed a vastly different line.
“As a result of the continued Israeli intransigence and disruption of the peace process, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon all member states of the United Nations to state of Palestine on the border of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to grant it full membership of the United Nations,” Saudi Arabian foreign Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia added salt to the U.S. wound by calling for key reforms in the U.N. system and questioning the veto option used by the super powers.
“One of the important reforms should be restricting the use of the veto power through a commitment from permanent members not to use it toward actions that are intended for the implementation of already adopted resolutions of the Security Council,” the Kingdom said.
The strident pro-Palestine stance taken by Saudi Arabia is not surprising, but the brazen resolve to counter the U.S. signals that Washington is fast losing clout in the region.
The Saudi disaffection must worry the U.S. even more at a time when other traditional allies in the Muslim world like Egypt and Turkey have been spinning away from Washington.
The Saudis have been far too happy about the U.S.-backed regime in Iraq, and have had serious differences of opinion with the U.S. over the handling of the Bahrain uprising earlier in the year. The Palestine issue has apparently handed them the right opportunity to snub the U.S.
The Saudi view of the Palestinian crisis and the U.S. role in it were encapsulated in a recent article in the New York Times by influential Saudi royal and former envoy to the U.S, Prince Turki al-Faisal. He said if America did not support Palestine’s membership bid, “American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.”
“Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has,” he added.
Comment by Wickus:
Now this is getting interesting! The USA is loosing more and more support from the Middle East. Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia was the USA’s closest allies apart from Israel. Currently all whom is left is Israel. Will the US stake everything to stand with Israel or will Obama throw her to the wolves? I have my suspicions.
The Palestine support are growing stronger daily.