2003 Press Release

Prince Bandar responds to remarks by former Israeli official
[Washington, DC] -- The following statement was issued today by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador the United States, in response to recent remarks made by Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador the United Nations:

"I have become aware of the latest diatribes made by Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador the United Nations, about Saudi Arabia before the House International Relations Subcommittees on the Middle East and Central Asia.  It should be known that Dore Gold is not an expert on Saudi society, faith or culture. He is simply hatred's scribe.

“Dore Gold seeks to instill fear and animosity among friends and allies. While others are working to eliminate incitement and promote peace, Dore Gold works to perpetuate hate and conflict. He has opposed virtually every major peace initiative over the past two decades.

“Dore Gold has carried on a campaign of lies, and unsubstantiated accusations. His goal is to malign the Saudi government and drive a wedge between the United States and Saudi Arabia.  Ironically, this is the very same objective shared by Osama bin Laden.

“Thoughtful people should become aware of his objective.  And it is time that he abandoned his evil path and joined the majority of peace-seeking individuals on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide as they search for a just and comprehensive peace."