2002 Public Statement

Saudi role in Mideast peace, radio news release by Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Policy Advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah
The dialogue below was released for general distribution, and has been widely broadcast.

ANCHOR LEAD:    Is it time for the United States to take a more active role in the Middle East peace process?  Some believe that’s the only way to resolve the conflict.  That story in 3, 2, 1 …

ANNOUNCER:      Suicide bombings continue to bring death and destruction to Israel.  What will it take to achieve peace in the Middle East?

                       Edward Djerejian is the Founding Director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.  He’s also a former US Ambassador to Israel.  He says it’s time …

DJEREJIAN:        “For the international community, led by the United States, to articulate the parameters for a final settlement.  In the context of what’s happened in the Saudi initiative, there is an overall policy context to move these talks forward.

ANNOUNCER:      According to the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudis are puzzled by Israel’s perceived reluctance to accept the Saudi peace initiative.

ADEL AL-JUBEIR: “The initiative has everything that Israel has ever wanted – recognition of Israel as a Jewish State, peace treaties between Israel and the Arab countries – everything that the Israelis have sought over the past 50 years is on the table.  It’s mind boggling that they cannot take yes for an answer.

ANNOUNCER:      Robert Barber reporting.