Excellency, President Hosni
Mubarak, Distinguished Leaders,
We meet today representing the
aspirations and anguish of our great people. And therefore we must
be true to the honor of our history and the fulfillment of the
ambitions of the Arab nation.
I remind you of the trust and
responsibility which we all have to bear. We must refuse any
resolutions that do not bestow honor on its maker. Ideals cannot
be compromised, and honor cannot tarnish for, only what is of
value is durable; what is fake is perishable, as stated in the
holy Quran "For the scum like forth cast out; while that
which is for the good for the mankind remains on the earth".
In the name of the Almighty, I
beseech each and everyone of you to deeply search his soul and
invoke his noble Arab heritage, to stand united behind our people
to uphold justice. Our rights are self-evident and clear and
therefore must devote ourselves to their attainment.
From this podium,
I declare to you and the whole world that the government and the
people of Saudi Arabia shall not be a party to any decisions that
overlook the aspirations of our people and that are taken solely
for absorbing the anger in the Arab world and deflecting us from
the attainment of our objective.
If our previous
meetings were held in response to critical circumstances, our
present gathering is different. The situation facing us today is
not only critical and grave, but carries ominous dangerous
warnings that threaten to turn the area a new round of violence
We do face
difficult options. But such options are not between a demeaning
submission, nor an acceptance of a confrontation that is not of
our making and choosing. The option we must take is the option of
standing steadfastly and firmly in upholding our principles and
legitimate rights. It is the option that rejects the imposition of
political and military coercion. It is the option of independent
choice and independent action.
In this regard,
permit me, your Excellency, to define what could make up the
aspects of the position which we must endeavor to adopt in this
First, our support
for our Palestinian brothers, should not only be political and
moral. It should include all possible means. Accordingly we
propose the establishment of a special trust under the name of
"The Jerusalem Intifada Fund" with a capital of 200
million US dollars. This amount will be allocated, to the families
and the education of the children of the Palestinian martyrs who
sacrificed their lives in the struggle. We further propose the
establishment of a fund under the name of "Al-Aqsa Fund"
in the amount of 800 million dollars, to finance projects that
safeguard and constantly preserve the Islamic and Arabic identity
of Al-Quds, and enabling our Palestinian brothers to stand on their
own and release them from dependence on Israel. I would like to
announce, in the name of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and
the people of Saudi Arabia, that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall
contribute 25% of the amount allocated to these two funds.
I would like also
to announce that the people of Saudi Arabia, headed by the
custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, shall undertake to sponsor and
support one thousand Palestinian families of the martyred and
wounded in the Al-Aqsa Intifada.
Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic cause. It cannot be the object of
bargaining or abandoned, under any circumstances. It is an
integrated part of the Arab occupied territories, subject to all
relevant Security Council resolutions. The responsibility to
retain Al-Quds, and the liberation of the occupied territories is
shared by all of us. There is no hope to undertake this role if we
do not stand resolutely united, overcome our differences, and
resist those endeavor to weaken our solidarity by sowing the seeds
of dissention among us.
Third, the United
States of America in its capacity as the sponsor of the peace
process has a special responsibility for the collapse of this
process. This is so because sponsorship obligates the sponsor with
the duty of assuring the appropriateness of the course of the
peace process, and to hold accountable those responsible for its
derailment from the prescribed path.
We have been
anticipating after, the positive stand of the Arab side and the
spirit of commitment demonstrated by them towards the peace
process, that the Israeli side would be chastised or at least
blamed for its intransigence and its unacceptable conduct and
practices which negate the principles and bases of the Madrid
peace conference, and violate the terms of the agreements
concluded with the Palestinian side.
Four, as a
response to the Israeli actions and the inability of the world
community to contain and prevent them, it is only natural to
refrain from establishing any relations with Israel and the
cancellation of any existing ties or links that have been
established under the umbrella of the peace process whose
requirements were totally neglected by Israel. As a prerequisite
to any resumption of the relations, we deem it necessary to attain
real achievements in the peace process not only on the Palestinian
track but on all other tracks.
I have to be frank
and candid with you, and state what I feel is right, as Allah is
my witness. I don’t think that any of us shall ever forget as
long he lives the image of fear and terror portrayed on the
innocent face of Mohammed Al-Dorra before he took his last breath.
I shall never forget what I saw in the hospitals of the Kingdom.
There, I saw torn bodies, missing eyes, and the broken arms and
limbs resulting from explosive bullets.
It is incumbent
upon me to describe my feelings as obligated by my duty to my
religion, my country, and the Arab-Islamic nation. If I am wrong,
it is my fault. If I am right it is by the grace of Allah
I conclude this statement, by
praying to Allah to guide us to the righteous path, and help us to
achieve all that is blessed and worthwhile to our Arab nation, and
bestow upon us guidance and wisdom.
Thank you so much.