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The Saudi Peace Initiative: "Auschwitz Borders"

November 18, 2008  |  Eli E. Hertz

What Arab countries failed to achieve by use of force during the past 60 years, they hope to achieve by this renewed Saudi 'Peace Initiative':

Israel to withdraw to the non-secure borders that existed prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, borders that invited aggression - frontiers that the eloquent former Israeli diplomat, the late Abba Eban, branded "Auschwitz borders."

Illegal Arab aggression against the territorial integrity and political independence of Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973 cannot and should not be rewarded. Arab attempts to 'roll back the clock' as if nothing happened, are a baseless ploy designed to use the 'Peace Initiative' as leverage to bring about a greater Israeli withdrawal from parts of Judea and Samaria [western Palestine] and to gain a broader base from which to continue to attack Israel.

Furthermore, Saudi Arabian King Saud ibn Abdul Aziz had stated in 1954 - before the 1967 Six-Day War and before the 'Occupation': "The Arab nations should sacrifice up to 10 million of their 50 million people, if necessary, to wipe out Israel ... Israel to the Arab world is like a cancer to the human body, and the only way of remedy is to uproot it, just like a cancer."

Saudi Arabia is one of the worst offenders of civil, religious, and political rights having a 'judicial' system that sanctions stoning individuals to death for adultery, beheading criminals with a sword, and amputation for theft, including cross-amputations of a right arm and a left leg that leave offenders horribly disabled for life.

Freedom House, a non-sectarian organization that was founded by Eleanor Roosevelt to monitor civil rights around the world, stated in its 2008 survey that Saudi Arabia is "Not [a] Free" country. Political rights and civil liberties are absent or virtually nonexistent, and people experience severely restricted rights of expression and association - all as a result of the extremely oppressive nature of the regime.

Professor, Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, past President of the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) made it clear: "No legal right shall spring from a wrong" and this principle of law applies to Saudi Arabia as well.

Why would anyone make a deal with this kind of regime?

 

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