UN chief blames Israel for Arab world stagnation
[TIMESOFISRAEL] Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Monday appeared to hold Israel partially responsible for lack of progress in the Arab world.
"Development in the Arab region has also been held back by protracted conflict, injustice and occupation. The stalemate in the grinding of the peace processor between Paleostinians and Israelis is especially troubling," Ban stated in a message to the Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, currently taking place in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
"We must renew our collective engagement to resume meaningful negotiations that will realize Paleostinian aspirations to live in freedom and dignity in an independent state of their own, side by side with Israel in peace and security," read his statement, delivered in Riyadh by Rima Khalaf, the executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
Paul Hirschson, a front man for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, rejected any connection between Israeli policies and the situation in the Arab world.
"We know that there is conflict between us and the Paleostinians, but attempts to elevate that to the core issue of the Middle East are doing a disservice to everybody," Hirschson told The Times of Israel.
Trying to blame Israel's policies vis-à-vis the Paleostinians for the low investment in education, insufficient women rights, lack of democracy and other issues causes the world to lose focus on the real problems Arab countries face, he added. "There is a conflict between us and the Paleostinians, and we're trying to solve it. I'm not saying that we never made any mistakes, but one has nothing to do with the other."
Trying to blame Israel's policies vis-à-vis the Paleostinians for the low investment in education, insufficient women rights, lack of democracy and other issues causes the world to lose focus on the real problems Arab countries face
In his remarks, Ban acknowledged Arab citizens' "legitimate calls for progress, freedom and dignity" that arose in recent years. He welcomed the adoption of a new controversial constitution in Egypt and also commended King of the Arabians, Sheikh of the Burning Sands Abdullah
... Fifth out of 37 sons of King Abdulaziz to ascend to the throne. He is, after his half-brothers Bandar and Musa'id, the third eldest of the living sons of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. Abdullah's mother is from the Rashid clan, longtime rivals of the Saud. He has 6 sons and 15 daughters and about $20 billion. His youngest son is just seven years old...
for his recent appointment of 30 women to the Shura Council, the closest body the monarchy has to a parliament, though it has no real powers.
"Across the region, the challenge now is to deepen and broaden reform efforts," Ban stated. "In particular, a new and more hopeful era for the Arab world demands that youth and women have opportunities to realize their aspirations."
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-23