Saudi Arabia is warning the United States that if it vetoes a Palestinian State at the UN it will lose an ally. Which will America choose? Blind allegiance to Israel, an ally that barely acts like an ally, or Saudi Arabia, that oil rich country which was the homeland of most of the 9/11 terrorists? Oil or Christian Zionists. Energy or Israeli good will?
The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.
Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the “special relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.
Frankly the US should have been more supportive of Palestinian statehood from the very start. It’s only Government’s indecisiveness and weakness which has brought us to the point of having to choose- oil or Israel.
And we should choose neither. Rather, we should choose to support freedom and dignity for all from the platform of energy independence. But our policy makers are too dim to realize that, which explains why we are where we are.