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Saudi offers bounty for Israel soldier

2011-10-31 07:44

Riyadh - A member of Saudi Arabia's royal family increased to $1m a reward offered by a Saudi cleric to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier to swap him for Palestinian prisoners.

Prince Khaled bin Talal, brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, told the kingdom's al-Daleel TV station by telephone on 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.

"I tell Sheik al-Qarani that I support you and I will pay $900 000 to make it $1m 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 Sergeant Gilad Shalit, 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 Shalit deal if the Palestinian killed Israelis.

Extremist settler activist Baruch Marzel said he was familiar with the bounties and that there were a number of bereaved Israeli families who were looking to "settle the score" with the killers.

Comments
  • Mark - 2011-10-31 08:14

    With friends like these....who needs enemies. Maybe there should be a bounty on capturing members of the Saudi Royal family...capture any of them and swap them for an end to their money and interference in other countries. When will these " Friends of Palestine" admit that this is all a ploy? They care about as much about the Palestinians as the Russians did for the Poles against the Germans in WWII....someone to be used for their own political ends.....boy are they in for a rude shock when their oil runs out....

  • Dirk - 2011-10-31 08:18

    For those who actually believe that Saudi is a moderate islamic state.They are liers and deceivers.The "royal family" are followers of the wahabi sect, the most radical of all.While they pretend to be friends of the US and the West, they sponsor international terrorism.They finance "islamic study"chairs at US colleges, which is all a cover for their devious and diabolical schemes.The only reason why they need the US, is to protect their skins against the likes of the shi-ites of Iran.The ideal would be if they got stuck into each other.

      TheWally - 2011-10-31 10:00

      Wow Hugh, your ignorance is OUTSTANDING!!!... I recommend you go to the place where you received your education from and ask for a refund, it is clear you have not picked up or read the Qur'an in your life... while I dont agree with both sides on there stance, what I am reading though (assuming you can read) is one side offering a reward for a CAPTURE, while the other is offering a reward for MURDER. The stance the majority is with on this occasion is a no brainer and a reflection on who the real blood thirsty society lies with. But hey, if you cant put 2 and 2 together on this occasion, then at least look at this INDEPENDENT GRAPH STATS. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

  • Erica - 2011-11-02 06:37

    Try as anyone might Israel will NEVER be wiped from the map.

  • Ballito - 2011-11-03 14:12

    lol what you guys dont understand is that the saudis control america ask any ploitician he will tell you that as much as they are muslims they are thirsty for money and they all toegether with the americans belong to 1 clang the saudis are controlling people they control the world

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