Prince Khaled bin Talal, brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed 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.There's a difference between Israeli extremists who Israel itself arrests and castigates for such actions, and a Saudi prince who is putting up $1 million to entice Palestinian terror groups to carry out terror attacks.
"I tell Sheik al-Qarani that I support you and I will pay $900,000 to make it one million dollars to capture an Israeli soldier to release other prisoners," said a voice identified as Prince Khaled, who holds no official position in the government.
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.
Prince Khaled said he made the offer in response to what he said were Israeli threats against Qarani's life. He did not provide any further details.
In Israel, extremists have offered two rewards of $100,000 to anyone who kills a Palestinian released in the Schalit deal if the Palestinian killed Israelis.
This isn't just moral equivalence, but the Saudi regime playing games and putting up money so as to continue the Arab Israeli conflict. Throwing money around is what the Saudis do best, and they're hoping to curry favor among the Palestinians after they took a back seat to the Egyptians who helped negotiate a deal to release Shalit for over 1,000 Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli jails.
It's also another reason that there is no peace between Israel and its neighbors - the Arab regimes still refuse to recognize Israel's rights to exist and they use the Palestinians as cannon fodder and a diversion for domestic consumption. They have no interest in peaceful relations because it gets in the way of the hate.