ID : 71322
Date : 2006-07-14 00:19:00
Origin : 06RIYADH5601
Source : Embassy Riyadh
Classification : CONFIDENTIAL
OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHKUK
DE RUEHRH #5601 1950019 ZNY CCCCC ZZH ZZK O 140019Z JUL 06 ZFF4
FM AMEMBASSY RIYADH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 9626
INFO RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV IMMEDIATE 4726
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM IMMEDIATE 4253
RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0682
RUEHJI/AMCONSUL JEDDAH 7470
C O N F I D E N T I A L RIYADH 005601
STATE FOR NEA AND NEA/ARPI, JERUSALEM FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY WELCH
E.O. 12958 : DECL : 07/14/2016
TAGS : PREL, IS, KPAL, KWBG, SA
SUBJECT : SAUDI ARABIA ISSUES STATEMENT ON SECURITY SITUATION IN PALESTINE AND LEBANON
A) STATE 114594
B) RIYADH 5600
Classified By : Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gfoeller for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (U) NIACT precedence justified due to urgency of the message conveyed by the Government of Saudi Arabia.
2. (SBU) On July 14, the Saudi Foreign Ministry urgently contacted and delivered to the Ambassador the following official Saudi statement expressing its views on the situation in Palestine and Lebanon.
3. (U) Post’s informal translation of the Saudi Government’s statement follows :
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has believed and still believes in the right of people in a state of occupation to engage in resistance to said occupation in all its forms and counter illegitimate acts intended to erase their identity and change reality on the ground. On the basis of this logic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always stood by the side of the legitimate Palestinian resistance with all its capabilities, which are intended to target the military occupation and to avoid harming the innocent. On the same basis, it stood decisively with the Lebanese resistance until the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon ended. The Kingdom therefore views with great concern the painful and bloody events that are troubling security in both Palestine and Lebanon. It wishes to announce clearly that it is essential to differentiate between legitimate resistance and irresponsible adventures engaged in by elements both in the state and behind it without reference to the legitimate authority within their states and without consultation or coordination with the Arab states, thereby leading to an extremely dangerous situation that exposes all the Arab states and their achievements to destruction, without this state having an opinion or say in the adventure. The Kingdom is of the view that the time has come for these elements alone to assume complete responsibility for these irresponsible acts and that they alone are responsible for ending the crisis that they have created. End text.
4. (C) Comment : Saudi Arabia is apparenting attempting to adopt a firm and balanced position vis-a-vis the crises in Lebanon and Gaza. SAG support for the now-vetoed UNSC resolution, including its apparent refusal to press Qatar for a delay in bringing the resolution to a vote, made clear the Saudi leadership’s view that Israeli military operations to date have been excessive, and that the Kingdom is unwaivering in its support for the Palestinians and for Lebanon’s sovereignty. Those same positions are reflected in the statement translated above. However, the statement is also a clear warning to Hizballah, Hamas, and their Iranian supporters that 1) they started this latest crisis, 2) their actions affect not only Lebanese and Palestinians, but the rest of the Arab world as well, and 3) that they can expect little sympathy or support if they do not end what they have started. End Comment.