Bahrain prince: «Normalization with Israel for settlement freeze»

«Arab countries should make gestures towards Israel in exchange for a settlements freeze and assurances that the 2002 Arab peace initiative is a basis for talks».

A Crown prince
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa.

This is a statement by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa. His suggestions in a recent column in The Washington Post has set off a firestorm of debate in the Arab Gulf states. The prince says Arab countries should make gestures towards Israel in exchange for a settlements freeze and assurances that the 2002 Arab peace initiative is a basis for talks.

«We have not done a good enough job demonstrating to Israelis how our initiative can form part of a peace between equals in a troubled land holy to three great faiths», the Crown Prince wrote.

He added that peace would bring economic benefits to all the peoples of the region in the form of direct savings from cutbacks in military spending and a surge in foreign investment and tourism.

Opposition groups with Bahrain as well as Islamist groups throughout the region were quick to criticize the article, saying it was just one more step towards «naturalization with the Zionist enemy», Israelis officials said that the published letter was «nice» but did not mean much since tiny Bahrain is not a major player in the Arab world.

The Obama Administration has called upon Arab governments to begin steps of normalization with Israel in trade for a settlements freeze.

Source: ICEJ.org

My comment:

There is no hot war between Israel and Egypt, but rather a very cold peace. The freezing cold peace will not become more hot by freezing building Jewish homes in Zion.

Up till today, during the «normalization» Hosni Mubarak have not even visited Israel after 28 years as President of Egypt. This attitude will not change by freezing Jews from building new homes in a land rightfully theirs. When Egypt made peace with Israel, the IDF stood at the west bank of the river Nile.

Only when Israel gives up Jerusalem as their capital, Islamic leaders will be satisfied. Between the lines, The Crown Prince of Bahrain puts up this condition for so-called «normalization» with Israel. He does so by calling Israel a «troubled land holy to three great faiths».

Israel is neither a «troubled land», nor is it holy to Islam. The city of Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Koran. The Arabic agenda of trying to re-occupy the capital of the Jewish nation is like a hijacking at high sea. Islam`s use of weapons, suicide bombers and treats must not be crowned with success.

First. Let all Islamic nations recognize both west and east Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Than we can talk about other conditions for «normalization» in the Middle East.

2 thoughts on “Bahrain prince: «Normalization with Israel for settlement freeze»

  1. Arab normalization with Israel is Wishful thinking. Only if the Jews can prove that they are real Jews and can trace their ancestry back to Abraham, only than could their be a possibility of real peace. But the Arab countries know that the ancestry of modern day Jews is trace back to Ashkenazi, son of Gomer, son of Japheth and not son of Shem.

  2. Dear Joe.

    Shalom.

    The Jews are surely a very colorful people. And among them there are brothers and sisters that does not even believe there is a God.

    But you miss the point. The restoration of Israel in 1948, has nothing to do with whoever claims to be a Jew or not. Its about God´s character and faithfulness to His Words. He said He would gather his chosen people from all nations, and he has done it.

    You can decide to mock God for doing so. Please dont put such a curse on your own head.

    We who believe in the return of the Messiah know`s why God of the Bible has restored Israel. He is faithful. He will come back to judge Israel, the Church and the World.

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