Now the Saudis are lobbying the rich Jews to lobby the Americans for possible endorsement of their peace proposal. Think of it this way: what shapes American foreign policy? Economic incentives and ideology. Assure that there will be deals (economic), and that Israel is left untouched (because it is a beacon of “western values”, the ideological). If the Saudis try to approach influential Jewish business people in order to find possible resolutions to the Israeli-Arab conflict (that became an Israeli-Palestinian-Lebanese-Syrian-Iranian conflict as the others could be bought of), then they are on a good track if they want to use the pragmatic card. Or let’s say that it is the only way for them to keep their morale high after the symbolic repercussions of Hezbollah’s victory spilling over across the Middle East (endangering prevailing regimes etc.).
Pose a bit to consider this information :
The longtime Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal-al Saud, held a September 22 meeting with five prominent Jewish communal leaders, during which he stressed the need to jumpstart the Israeli-Palestinian process by reviving the so-called Saudi Initiative of 2002. The initiative offered Arab normalization with Israel in exchange for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 armistice line.
Can the Saudis beat the clock of change in the region? Does the desperate push to preserve their regime will help in creating a modicum of regional political stability? Will the American accept to compromise between these pushes and their hegemonic tendencies in the Middle East that could if left unchecked lead to confrontation with Iran? And what the Israelis have to say in all this? What did the Saudis promised the Israelis in the process when they met a while ago? What about the Palestinians in all this?
A Saudi newspaper said that Nasrallah intends to visit Saudi Arabia. Of course Nasrallah quickly denied it. In any case, let’s suppose all this is true. All these “rumors”. Can Hezbollah find common ground with the Saudis? Can they accept resolution propositions? I feel that there is too much at stake and too many parties involved. But it is still interesting to note that all these reports of negotiations are taking place right after the war. Israel and Syria, Saudi and Israel, Saudi and American Jewish establishment, Hezbollah and Saudi. Who’s next? Will this lead to anything? Is it just journalist exuberance, looking for the optimistic light behind the hideous left-overs of war, the interlude before the next much more bloody war coming up?