BUT KEY US 'TERROR WAR' ALLY SAUDI ARABIA STILL REFUSES TO RECOGNISE ISRAEL, ACCORDING TO FOX NEWS
US ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE STUNNING DOUBLE STANDARD
During an interview between US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Fox News host Sean Hannity, the sale of six key US ports to a Saudi owned company was discussed extensively, and the interviewer raised the issue of Saudi Arabia's relationship with another key 'War on Terror' ally, Israel.
The below excerpt of the interview was sourced from Fox News :
HANNITY: The president has made the case that, since 9/11, the United Arab Emirates has changed. But yet, they still do not formally recognize Israel....how troubling is it if they won't recognize Israel? Does that show, in some way, that they're influenced by more radical elements?
GONZALES: The president said that this country is a country that's played by the rules. It has been an ally to the United States in the War on Terror....
HANNITY: Does the non-recognition of Israel show, somehow, an influence by radical elements?
GONZALES: Again, Sean, we have followed the process required by the statute. Our collective judgment is that this transaction (the sale of the US ports) does not imprecate the national security of this country.
Although given the opportunity, twice, in this Fox News interivew, the US Attorney General refused to acknowledge that the United Arab Emirates do not recognise Israel as a legitimate state, and yet this is a key pivotal reason for why Israel and the US's now refuse to open negotiations and discussions with the democratically elected Hamas-dominated government of Palestine.