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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah scolded Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week for failing to coordinate with Arab states before vetoing a United Nations resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. Emboldened by the lack of international action, Assad’s forces are now slaughtering civilians in the streets at an even greater rate. Referring to the bloodshed, the king ominously warned Medvedev that Saudi Arabia “will never abandon its religious and moral obligations towards what’s happening.”Sponsored Ads
The last time the Saudis decided they had a moral obligation to scuttle Russian policies, they gave birth to a generation of jihadi fighters in Afghanistan who are still wreaking havoc three decades later.
A BANNER at the protests in Moscow on Saturday carried a stark message: “Mubarak, Gaddafi, Putin.” It was clear that what began in December as protests against rigged elections has become much more personal. The group of liberals, nationalists and communists who tramped through the streets is united by its loathing for Putin — prime minister and would-be president.
The political link between Putin and the Arab autocrats was strengthened at the weekend, as Russia vetoed a United Nations resolution calling for the end of the al-Assad regime in Syria. Those who expect Putin to join Mubarak and Gaddafi on the trash heap of history within weeks are liable to be disappointed. He will emerge from next month’s presidential elections as the winner.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that the PA, in cooperation with Hamas, hopes that a United Nations resolution for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would set the stage for war with Israel in late 2011. The report, authored by leading Israeli analyst Pinhas Inbari, envisioned what Palestinian leaders have termed a “third intifada,” or revolt.
“What the Palestinians really envisage after September is to exploit a UN endorsement of statehood to legitimize an escalation of the conflict,” the report, titled “What Are the Palestinians Planning after September?” said.
Nevertheless, Feltman said he was growing increasingly worried by reports describing the quantity and types of weapons being smuggled to the terrorist organization in clear violation of United Nations Resolution 1701, which put an end to the 2006 war.