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Saudi Price offers money to Terrorists to kidnap Israeli Soldiers!

Interesting Article: Saudi royal offers bounty on Israeli soldiers by ASSOCIATED PRESS / Riyadh published Sunday, October 30, 2011

According to the CBS news, a member of Saudi Arabia's royal family increased to $1 million a reward offered by a Saudi cleric to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier to swap him for Palestinian prisoners. Prince Khaled bin Talal told the kingdom's al-Daleel TV station by telephone Saturday that he was raising a previous offer made by Sheik Awadh al-Qarani, a prominent Saudi cleric who promised $100,000 for capturing an Israeli soldier. The Saudi offers follow in the wake of the release of Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who was held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years. Israel has agreed to free over 1,000 prisoners in exchange. With thousands of members of the Saudi family around, is this specific member, anyone of importance?


Prince Khaled bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (born 10 January 1962) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family, son of Princess Mona El-Solh (daughter of Riad El-Solh-the first Prime Minister of modern Lebanon). He is the third son of Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz's (also called The Red Prince-a senior member of the Saudi royal family who leads the Arab Gulf Program For The United Nations Development (AGFUND) since 1986. He is a former ambassador to France). Prince Khaled bin Talal is the brother of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a Saudi Arabian billionaire and nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. An entrepreneur and international investor he has amassed a fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market. As of March 2011, his net worth is estimated by Forbes at US$19.6 billion, making him the 26th richest person in the world. This listing also ranks him as the richest Saudi Arabian in the world. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett. Both the brothers have been involved with Palestine for many years, Prince Khaled bin Talal's brother-Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, in 2002, donated $27 million dollars to the families of Palestinians during a TV telethon following Israeli operations in the West Bank city of Jenin. On a side note, he has 7 percent ownership of News Corporation and about 6 percent ownership of Citigroup. The Saudi offer follows the release of Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who was held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years. Israel has agreed to free more than 1,000 prisoners in exchange. The current situation over the weekend was that cross-border tensions between Israel and Gaza simmered Sunday as Egyptian efforts to restore an informal cease-fire began to take effect after a deadly round of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket attacks Saturday. The main clashes Saturday were between Israeli forces and Islamic Jihad, another group that sometimes acts independently of Hamas, the much larger Islamic militant group that controls Gaza. Israel said it had carried out several air strikes against Islamic Jihad squads preparing to fire rockets Saturday, killing nine militants. Islamic Jihad and other smaller groups fired barrages of rockets at cities in southern Israel, killing one Israeli civilian in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Saudi Arabia recently has been in a bit of turmoil, the death of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan sets the stage for an eventual generational shift in the ageing leadership of the world's top oil exporter, even though King Abdullah picked 77-year-old Prince Nayef to succeed him. At stake is the direction of a US ally attempting to reconcile its conservative traditions with the needs of a modern economy and a young, increasingly outward-looking population. Prince Nayef was appointed Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister by his half-brother King Abdullah on October 27, 2011, five days after the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan. The enigmatic Nayef's true character will shape the way Saudi Arabia tackles a host of challenges at a time of unprecedented change, both for the kingdom and the wider Middle East, for years to come. To Saudi liberals, Nayef represents the stern face of the conservative establishment: opposed to any moves towards democracy or women's rights, a supporter of the religious police and the veteran head of an Interior Ministry that locks up political activists without charge. Among other things, Nayef is the Supervisor General of the Saudi Committee for the Al Quds Intifada, which provides aid to Palestinian refugees. Since the announcement by Prince Khaled bin Talal, there has been no repercussions from the newly appointed Crown Prince, which to a point is disturbing, you see, the Saudi's have assisted the Palestinians over the years in various forms, but with this very public statement, it seems the Kingdom is seeing a more public shift against Israel, than when the previous crown prince was running the shop. Only time can tell how the Kingdom will behave.


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