April 22, 2009
Perhaps, Barack Obama's bow to the King of Saudi Arabia was much more than a common courtesy. If Aaron Klein of WorldnetDaily and Schmoozing with Terrorists (his book) is correct then President Obama owes a great intellectual debt to the Saudi monarch, Abdullah. This is so because Obama is using the Saudi King's "Arab Peace Initiative" as the framework of his Middle East foreign policy.
In an April 21, 2009 WorldNetDaily article Klein summarizes the Arab Initiative as follows:
The Arab Initiative, originally proposed by King Abdullah in 2002 and later adopted by the Arab League, states that Israel would receive "normal relations" with the Arab world in exchange for a full withdrawal from the entire Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount.
It also "demands the imposition of a non-binding U.N. resolution that calls for so-called Palestinian refugees who wish to move inside Israel to be permitted to do so at the 'earliest practicable date.'" There are approximately 4 million Arabs who claim Palestinian refugee status with the United Nations.
Netanyahu has told U.S. envoy, George Mitchell, that Israel will condition talks "with the Palestinians on Palestinian leaders' first recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, a step that would be difficult should Hamas join a unity government." According to Klein, Mitchell recently described Obama's general plan to Netanyahu, and the Israeli leader was dismayed to learn that Obama was following the Saudi proposal. Klein described these developments in an interview during the second hour of the John Batchelor Show (April 19, 2009) (minute 15 (mp3 file)).
In late January, Klein discussed Obama's attraction to the Saudi plan on the day of President Obama's interview on an Arab TV network. In that interview Obama referenced King Abdullah's plan and spoke approvingly of it ("... I might not agree with every aspect of the proposal, but it took great courage to put forward something that is as significant as that."). Given Obama's admiration for a courageous plan, a bow to the author of the courageous plan was probably in order. (Unfortunately for Abdullah - Obama didn't give him the really cool Hugo Chavez-handshake in addition to the bow.)
Make no mistake about it: these are very dangerous times for Israel. According to Klein, "Defenders of Israel warn the plan would leave the Jewish state with truncated, difficult-to-defend borders and could threaten Israel's Jewish character by compelling it to accept millions of foreign Arabs." More to the point, Klein states that "Arab Street" views the Arab Peace Initiative as a way to fatally undermine the state of Israel.