Saudis slam PM's AIPAC speech

Official says country expects Quartet clarification over “Israeli arrogance."

March 24, 2010 15:23
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Saudi King Abdullah. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Monday speech at the AIPAC conference drew harsh criticism from Saudi Arabia, accusing him of endangering the peace process, according to an Al-Arabia report quoting the official Saudi Press Agency SPA.

A Saudi official is also quoted as saying that his country expects clarification from the Quartet over “Israeli arrogance...defiance of international will as well as violation of all the international laws and legislations.”

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In Netanyahu’s speech, he declared that “Jerusalem is not a settlement,” responding to new criticism of Jewish housing construction in east Jerusalem.

The official also asserted that Israel "blatantly confiscated Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights in Jerusalem without any regard to Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights” in the wake of the Netanyahu government's plan to build 1,600 homes in Ramat Shlomo.

"Saudi Arabia has always called upon the international community to bear the responsibility of dealing with the Israeli one-sided defiance that usually opposes the peace process," the official said.

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