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Frustration in Riyadh

Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal, the kingdom's former ambassador  in Washington and one-time intelligence chief, has laid out in a exceptionally candid op-ed about why the Saudis are angry and frustrated with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

He urges Washington to get behind the 2002 Saudi-backed Arab Peace Initiative offered Israel, a plan that Saudi King Abdullah said recently would not be on the table forever. 

"Unless the new U.S. administration takes forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians, the peace process, the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the stability of the region are at risk," Turki wrote in London's Financial Times.

The Saudis are perturbed that Iran is meddling in Arab affairs, particularly by arming and supporting Hamas in Gaza. Prince Turki's op-ed reveals that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently wrote to the Saudi king urging him to be more confrontational with Israel.