Tom Friedman is sincere in his beliefs. However, when I was actively involved in advising the Saudi National Guard on on military assistance procurements, Tom Friedman was carrying “the Saudi peace proposal” and advocating it serious consideration both by the United States and by Israel. My Sony Associates maintain that this was a successful public relations ploy and not a serious offer since it entails every Arab and Palestinian demand being met and then “the Arab governments would consider establishing normal diplomatic relations with Israel. They said that only someone with the supreme ego of Tom Friedman would consider himself the appropriate representative to carry this message to the world. Tom is sincere but he is misguided. He is very intelligent but I fear that his ego has bested his judgment. Some years ago, Friedman and I advocated the same outline for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Unfortunately, Yasser Arafat said that if he ever make peace in would be killed. Unfortunately, 5 to 15% of the Arab world is dominated by extremists. These extremists control through fear the actions of the remaining 85 to 95%. That is the reality. Until that is changed there can be no lasting peace.
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