Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Saudi Sleight of Hand

One has to admire the Saudis for their amazing ability to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds. After having (rightly) kept quiet during Israel's Gaza offensive, the Saudis have announced a US$1 billion donation to rebuild Gaza. Where will this money go I wonder? Will it go the people of Gaza or to Hamas? Israel and the US cannot complain since it is meant to rebuild Gaza's infrastructure. However, will it make Hamas happy? I doubt it and most probably the Saudis realise it as well. In all probability, this donation is meant to curry favour with the common Arab on the street who is, with each passing day, more and more disillusioned with the established Arab regimes which have done so little to advance the Arab Palestinian cause, especially when compared with organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

 

So far the Saudis have been good at having the cake and eating it too. They practice stringent Wahhabism at home, remain good US allies, donate money to the Palestinian cause and have their silent agreements with Israel. How long can they continue thus?

 

 

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