Saudi urges Obama to impose Mideast solution - paper
RIYADH (Reuters) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia and other Arab states want Obama to get tough with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has balked at Palestinian statehood and defied U.S. calls to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements.
King Abdullah told Obama during his visit to Riyadh last week that Arab patience was wearing thin and that a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict would be the "magic key" to all issues in the region, al-Hayat said, quoting what it called informed sources.
"We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary," the Saudi monarch told Obama, according to the paper, which is owned by a nephew of the monarch. It did not elaborate
All emphasis mine
I guess Obama's new Middle East policy of being kinder and gentler is paying off. We have gotten them so comfortable with us that they are now starting to make demands on how we approach foreign policy.
I have a hard time believing the arrogance of these people. They want Obama to get tough with Israel, impose a solution on them if they won't come around and give the Arabs everything they want. They evidently have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the word negotiations means.
The reality though is that this is not arrogance as much as an accurate reading of Obama's stance towards the Middle East v Israel conflict. They know now is the time to get what they want, while they have a friend in the White House.