Regarding “Saudi prince: Israel ignores Saudi efforts to make peace” (JPOST, February 14), Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal denounced the Israel for rejecting what the prince describes as the “Saudi Peace Initiative,” adopted by the Arab League, which is based on the “Right of Return” and UN Resolution 194.

It was stated that the Saudi plan was predicated on “a just and agreed solution to the refugee problem on the basis of UN Resolution 194 of December 1948” and that only if Israel agrees to these terms, “would the Arab states consider this to be the end of the conflict and establish normal relations with Israel.

The Saudis are a primary funder of UNRWA, which indoctrinates a half a million students who dwell in “temporary” UNRWA refugee camps to believe in the “right of return” – by force of arms. The Saudis increased support for UNRWA by a whopping 2,300% between 2008 and 2016, which can be seen in the context of the Hamas takeover of UNRWA in Gaza, new military training in UNRWA schools, and in a war curriculum promoted by UNRWA schools.

In 2008, the Saudis ranked as the Number 19 UNRWA backer with a $6 million donation for that year. By 2017, they ranked as the Number 3 UNRWA backer with a donation of $148 million.

While it may be possible to influence Western donors to UNRWA to condition funds to on a cessation of violent incitement, such influence on the Saudis will be hard to facilitate.

There are those who say that Saudi intentions can be measured by their actions against Iran, another mortal enemy of Israel. However. the enemy of your enemy remains your enemy.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.