From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Oct 24 21:04:32 2000
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 22:59:06 -0500 (CDT)
From: Michael Eisenscher <email@example.com>
Subject: Saudis Blame US for Collapse of Peace Process
CAIRO - Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz called Saturday for Arab leaders to set up solidarity funds for the Palestinians worth a total of one billion dollars and to cut all ties with Israel. He proposed setting aside 200 million dollars for families of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israel and the other 800 million dollars for development projects in the Palestinian territories.
Saudi Arabia would contribute 250 million dollars to the two funds, said the crown prince, representing the ailing King Fahd at a Cairo summit.
Also, the king would
look after 1,000 families of martyrs of the
intifada, he said, referring to those killed in clashes with
Israeli forces in the three-week-old Palestinian uprising.
The projected fund would
enable the preservation of the Arab
character of Jerusalem, Prince Abdullah said in a speech at the
opening of the two-day summit in the Egyptian capital.
Faced with Israeli intransigence and the failure of the
international community to apply a break (on Israel), it is normal
that we should break all relations with the Jewish state and cut any
type of relation set up in favour of the peace process, the crown
It is necessary to link any resumption of such relations to real
progress, not only on the Palestinian track but on all the tracks
of the Israel-Arab peace process.
He attributed the collapse of the process to the United States, a rare criticism of Washington by one of its closest Arab allies in the region.
The United States, sponsors of the peace process, assume particular
responsibility in the collapse of the peace process ... The sponsor is
supposed to hold to account those responsible for such a collapse,
he added, referring to Israel.
After the positive spirit and commitment of the Arab side to the
peace process, we expected the Israeli side to be dissuaded from or at
least reprimanded for its stubbornness and practices contrary to the
principles laid out in the Madrid conference and in the agreements
reached with the Palestinians, Prince Abdullah said.
The US-brokered peace process was launched at a 1991 conference in the Spanish capital.