Last updated on: 5/1/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Biography

Title:
Sixth King of Saudi Arabia
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“My esteemed brethren: it is clear in our minds, and in the minds of our brethren in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, that the only acceptable objective of the peace process is the full Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with al-Quds al-Shareef (East Jerusalem) as its capital, and the return of refugees. Without moving towards this objective, the peace process is an exercise in futility and a play on words and a squandering of time, which perpetuates the cycle of violence.”

Speech at the Arab Summit, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sixth King of Saudi Arabia, 2005-23 Jan. 2015
  • Head of the Saudi National Guard, 1962-2010
  • Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister, 1982-2005
  • Mayor, Mecca, 1961
Education:
  • Formal religious education, Saudi Royal Court
Other:
  • Born on Aug. 1, 1924
  • Died on Jan. 22, 2015, aged 90
  • Was the 13th of over 35 sons of Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia
  • In Feb. 2002 Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz unveiled an initiative for resolving the crisis on the basis of Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories it occupied in the 1967 war in return for full normalization of relations between the two sides. This plan was adopted by the summit meeting of the League of Arab States in Beirut in March.