Je sais d’avance que votre joie n’aura d’égale que votre fierté: le Serviteur des (Deux) Lieux Saints a serré la main à un rabbin à Madrid en ce jour de grâce du 13 rajab de l’an 1429 de l’hégire, selon Le Figaro.
Lors d’une conférence interreligieuse à Madrid, le souverain saoudien a accepté mercredi de serrer la main à des rabbins. C’est une première.
Seul invité venu d’Israël, le rabbin David Rozen ignorait jusqu’au dernier moment s’il allait être autorisé à serrer la main du roi Abdallah d’Arabie saoudite. À l’issue de la cérémonie d’ouverture d’une conférence interreligieuse hier à Madrid, le gardien des lieux saints de l’islam fit le geste historique devant une nuée de photographes. C’est une première dans l’histoire d’une monarchie ultraconservatrice guidée par le wahhabisme, cette doctrine rigoriste de l’islam sunnite.
Une telle prise de risques avec les lois de la biologie raciale n’a pas toujours été de mise pour la diplomatie séoudienne:
Veteran Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal combined his announcement regarding his participation in the meeting with an obligation not to shake hands with any Israeli representative. This has been a Saudi custom for a while now. Its representatives also took part in the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference convened immediately after the American victory in the First Gulf War, and there too they played their games, as if Israel is a leper and must not be touched.
Ma fierté d’être représenté, en tant que musulman, par le Serviteur des Lieux Saints a atteint un point d’incandescence quand j’ai lu ceci:
The role of women in religious leadership – and at the conference – was also raised.
Of the several hundred delegates, only a tiny proportion were women, and some delegates complained that no women were due to speak from the platform during the three-day meeting.
Dr Mekia Nedjar, a female Muslim delegate from Spain, was a late addition to the conference programme, and her inclusion was met with warm applause.
Et c’est presque apoplectique que j’ai appris que ce dialogue civilisationnel des cultures, religions et civilisations avait eu lieu depuis quelques temps déjà:
Rumours of secret meetings between Saudi and Israeli officials have abounded over the past year but Saudi Arabia has said publicly it will not offer Israel « normalisation » of ties before a final peace deal.
Le déluge de bonnes nouvelles est cependant impossible à endiguer:
Jerusalem sources told Haaretz that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been holding covert meetings in a third state. The talks in these meetings are reportedly not about changing the relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia but only about the goings on in the region.
A few weeks ago, the Ilaf Web site, a prominent Saudi news medium, applied to the Government Press Office for accreditation for its foreign correspondent in Israel.
Unlike most of the institutional Arab press, Ilaf publishes interviews with Israelis. Another major Saudi newspaper, the London-based Asharq alawsat, published an interview with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert earlier this month.
The paper published interviews with senior Israeli figures several times over the last 10 years but in the past refrained from mentioning that these were exclusive.
The newspaper’s correspondent in Israel, Nazir Majali, told Haaretz on Thursday that his newspaper reflects a growing tendency of Arab patriots who want to restore Arabism and Islam to a central place in world culture, unlike the direction political Islam has taken.
Part of this trend is a change in the attitude toward Israel.
« Saudi Arabia is fulfilling a central role in this trend, both with the Arab peace initiative and in the interfaith dialogue initiated by King Abdullah. But the trend exists in all the states, from Morocco to Yemen, » he said.
Et déjà ce dialogue civilisationnel entre religions du livre semble prendre un formidable envol:
Ambassadors from Arab countries and the Gulf states were among the guests at a reception yesterday for outgoing United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman, who is completing a six-year tour of duty. One veteran UN reporter for an American television network told viewers he could not recall such an impressive Arab turnout for a diplomatic event for a senior Israeli official.
The envoys from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Oman were seen at the reception, which took place in the official apartment of the Israeli ambassador in Manhattan.
A particular surprise was the attendance at the party of the Palestinian observer at the UN, Riyad Mansour, the senior Palestinian envoy, who usually eschews Israeli diplomatic events and who embraced Gillerman. At a recent Security Council meeting Gillerman and Mansour exchanged heated remarks.
In his words of thanks at the reception, Gillerman noted his particular appreciation for the Palestinian representative for coming, despite criticism of his doing so.
Also at the party was Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and media star Barbara Walters.
Comment s’empêcher dès lors de crier, tout comme Muna al Fuzai, notre amour pour le Serviteur des Lieux Saints?
I love King Abdullah
Kuwait Times July 19, 2008
By Muna Al-Fuzai, Staff Columnist
I love Saudi King Abdullah. I love this great leader and respect him for his open mentality, advanced thinking, bravery and transparency. For those of you who wonder why I am saying all these things, here are the reasons: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called for a new move away from extremism to a new spirit of reconciliation, stating at the opening speech of an interfaith conference in Spain that, « history’s great conflicts were not caused by religion itself, but by its misinterpretation.
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