Saturday, March 16, 2002
Abdullah said he will present his proposal to the Arab League, and if the Arab countries go along, the Arab nations will make the proposal to the United Nations.
Asked about Israeli offers to meet with Saudi officials publicly or privately to discuss the proposal, Abdullah said such a meeting would not be possible at the present time.
CNN apparently didn't follow up by asking why Abdullah believes that a meeting between Israeli and Saudi officials would be impossible. So I'd like to propose a few possible reasons that Abdullah might give:
1. "I'd love to, but I'm washing my hair tonight. And every night for the next month."
2. "Right now I'm all tied up planning an intimate family gathering for about 2,500 of my closest royal relatives."
3. "I can't meet with the Israelis until they demonstrate the same respect for basic human rights that we do."
4. "I want to wait until well after Purim and Passover, to reduce the likelihood that they'll kill me and use my blood in their holiday treats." [see Special Dispatch #354; thanks to Charles Johnson and Andrew Sullivan]