Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US on Tuesday said that the Arab world would never recognize Israel as a "Jewish state" because nations should not be defined by religious beliefs or ethnicity, even the ethnicity of their majority populations.
"There are 1.5 million civilians in Israel who do not define themselves as Jewish," the Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Adel al-Jubeir as saying at the US-hosted peace talks in Annapolis, Maryland. "We do not believe states should define themselves according to religion or ethnicity."
An Israeli blogger pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of the Saudi representative's remarks:
- Saudi Arabia is a nation that officially endorses Islam to the point of outlawing the overt practice of any other religion;
- The kingdom's legal system is based on Muslim religious law, or sharia;
- The Saudi king carries the official title of "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques";
And last, but certain not least, Saudi Arabia's constitution begins with the following words:
- "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a sovereign Arab Islamic state with Islam as its religion; Allah's Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet, Allah's prayers and peace be upon him, are its constitution..."