Saudi Reporter Tweets: I Will Be Saudi Ambassador to Israel
Saudi Arabian journalist Dahham Al-Enazi expressed his desire to be appointed to his country’s future embassy in Israel, NRG reported on Monday.
“I want a Saudi Arabian embassy to be established in Tel Aviv,” Enazi tweeted on his official Twitter account, adding that “I want Saudi General and strategist Anwar Ashki to be the first ambassador to Israel and I will be happy to replace him as the second ambassador.”
Shortly after Enazi posted this week, the hashtag #NotoanEmbassyinIsrael began trending. Many using the hashtag called supposed proponents of a Saudi embassy in Israel “Arab Zionists.”
But Enazi did not back down. He said in a follow-up tweet that he would “welcome Israel’s embassy in Riyadh,” the Saudi capital.
The background to Enazi’s comment was the increased threat that the reporter felt directed at the Saudi Arabia from what he repeatedly termed “the Iranian enemy.” In earlier tweets he said that “our goal is the expulsion of the Iranian enemy from Arab countries and destroying their [nuclear program].”
This preference for Israel over Iran was highlighted in many of Enazi’s tweets. In one of them, he said “We welcome an Israeli embassy in Riyadh in the same place as the Iranian Embassy after we cooperate in fighting Iran and destroying its reactors.”
But it was not Saudi Arabia alone that Enazi expected to establish relations with Israel. “It would be best for all of the countries of the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to completely cut off relations with the Iranian enemy and to establish normal relations between Israel and the Arab countries,” Enazi tweeted.
Enazi also seemed to expect Israel to take the lead in fighting Iran, saying that if Israel wanted “normal relations with the Arabs and the Gulf States,” it would have to “attack the Iranian nuclear program and destroy it because it is a danger to us all and we will provide logistic support.”
Relations with Israel were more natural than those with Iran, Enazi opined. “The Israelis are our cousins, and are closer to the Arabs than the Persians,” tweeted Enazi, “and they possess a Divine religion,” though in another tweet he said that Judaism was “corrupted,” while positing that Israelis were “more honorable” than Iranians.
Compared to Israelis, “Iran is an impure race and a lying unjust country operating under the name of religion.” Because of that, “Tel Aviv’s embassy is better than Tehran’s,” he argued.
In multiple tweets, he stressed that the Arab-Israeli conflict was merely over borders, whereas the war with Iran was existential. He said that the Arab “issue with Israel is a crisis of borders whereas our struggle with Iran is a war of existence. They occupy 4 countries, whereas Israel [only occupies] one. They killed 4 million Arabs since 2003, whereas Israel [has only killed] 35,000 since 1948?!!”
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