Shabbat shalom, Saud

Wonder of all wonders. A young blogger, Mohammed Saud from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is in love with Israel ! He recently visited us. How he got here, I do not know. We have no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. From where did the young Saud get a visa to enter Israel?

The very fact that someone in Saudi Arabia is enchanted with Israel, with our technology, our culture, our ancient history is something like a minor miracle. And Jews cherish miracles !

Yet, nevertheless, he has learned Hebrew, his blogs are totally pro-Israel and he longs for the day when a Saudi embassy will open in Jerusalem and an Israeli embassy in Riyadh. I had to pinch myself to be certain that I was reading his blog correctly.

He pointed out that Jerusalem is not the religious center of Muslims. It is Mecca. For him, Jerusalem is the center of Israel’s history centuries before the birth of Islam.

He cannot understand the reasons for hostility between us and the Palestinians. He knows that in the Quran the Prophet Mohammed acknowledged that Israel is the Jewish land.

Sadly, while he was in Jerusalem, a Palestinian Arab walked over to him and spit at him for daring to visit the Jewish State.

Mohammed Saud is familiar with the biblical history which describes the origins of the early Hebrews and later of the Israelites under the kingdom of David and his son Solomon.

Our Hebrew prophets are respected in Islamic literature and young Saud demonstrates his admiration and respect for Israel’s prophets in his search for peace between his country and ours.

Immense changes are taking place in Saudi Arabia, mainly due to the efforts of the crown prince who successfully has made modernization in the country. Women can now drive cars. They are allowed to go to movie theaters. Saudi Arabia is entering the 21st century with a bang.

I don’t know how to find Mohammed Saud’s blogs on the internet. And even if I could find them they are no doubt written in Arabic which I do not speak, read or write.

It would be exciting to have a contact with him and to share our views and opinions of the world and the society in which we both live.

He mentioned that he is not the only pro-Israel blogger in Saudi Arabia. The “love” or respect is growing and it is something that must be nurtured.

Like a good seed, it has already been planted. All it requires to grow is sunshine and water. We in Israel are blessed with both.

If Mohammed Saud reads my comments I would be delighted to correspond with him. I cannot visit Saudi Arabia but since he has been in Israel, perhaps he will come again. And it would be my pleasure to offer him hospitality.

I do not use Facebook nor twitter. I am only a slave to e-mail. And if young Saud is willing, he can contact me here.

Meanwhile, as the holy Sabbath approaches, I extend my hand in friendship and I wish a Shabbat Shalom to Saud.

Shalom and Salaam, insh’Allah.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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