View Full Version : Saudi King: If Peace Option Fails Because Of Israeli Arrogance, No Option But War

07-25-2006, 01:42 PM
Saudi king offers Lebanon $1.5bn
Israeli air strikes have destroyed much Lebanese infrastructure


King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has promised to give $500m to Lebanon to pay for reconstruction.

He also approved $1bn for the Central Bank of Lebanon to support the economy.

The Saudi monarch warned that Israel's military offensives in Lebanon and Gaza could ignite a war in the region.

He is holding talks with Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak, in the Saudi capital Riyadh ahead of a conference on Lebanon in Rome on Wednesday.

Pressure on the Lebanese pound has risen over the past fortnight during the military action by Israel in response to Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack.

Lebanon billions adrift
Experts estimate the damage to the Lebanese economy at around $2bn, with investors and tourists fleeing, and believe that the government is set to lose out on $600m in earnings.

Saudi Arabia has been a major backer of Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war was ended with a peace deal in the Saudi town of Taif.

The king has coupled his aid promises with unusually forthright comments about the crisis.

"Saudi Arabia warns everybody that if the peace option fails because of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war," he was quoted as saying by state media.

Saudi Arabia has called for a ceasefire but has also blamed Hezbollah for starting the fighting.

The government is also to give $250m to the Palestinians, who are suffering the effects of an Israeli onslaught following the capture of an Israeli soldier by Gaza-based militants.

The Saudi aid pledges come after the UN on Monday launched a $150m (£81m) aid appeal for Lebanon.

The UN's top humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, said the money was needed to help feed and shelter about 800,000 civilians caught up in the conflict.

The US has announced a $30m package to ease the suffering of civilians.

The EU has already pledged $12.6m in aid.

07-25-2006, 08:36 PM
WOW, this is an interesting turn of events. I thought the Saudi's were backing Bush's zionist arrogance -- maybe not ?????