Saudi FM: Israel Spoilt Child of Intl. Lenience

Saudi Arabia has denounced the easygoing international attitude, which has emboldened Israel into destroying the prospects of Middle East peace.

"In the international community, Israel has become like a spoiled child," said Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal following talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, AFP reported.

"We can’t reach a solution with the preferential treatment that Israel gets," al-Faisal added.

Tel Aviv refuses to meet the Palestinian condition for recommencement of peace talks by enforcing a permanent and complete freeze on its settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The resulting long-standing standoff in the Middle East peace talks was compounded by Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 offensives against the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians. A UN-commissioned inquiry earlier in the year convicted Tel Aviv of perpetrating war crimes during the raids.

Al-Faisal also deplored the international community’s "double-standard" towards Israel, questioning why only "other countries who violate international law are punished."

The 69-year-old Saudi prince last month regretted the failure of his efforts to establish a Palestinian state and regional peace during his 35 years in office.

The two ministers urged the international community to take a "stern and serious stance" against Israel’s settlement policy.

(Press TV)

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