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Sun 04 Jun 2023 10:30 am - Jerusalem Time

Mohammed bin Salman... From ideology to technology

Last April, a Gallup poll revealed that the popularity of Saudi leadership and soft power is the first among 13 Islamic countries, compared to Iran and Turkey, which confirms that the administration of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during the era of "Salman rule", was able to To win hearts and boggle minds.

And this happens in a region torn apart by conflicts and wars, so how was the crown prince able to achieve this? And how was he able to get out of “Vision 2030” from the stage of the unexpected to the stage of this new Saudi agitation led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and under the direct management of the Crown Prince?

Questions are increasing after the summits that Saudi Arabia witnessed, for nearly a year, from the American summit to the Chinese summit, then the recent Arab summit in Jeddah, and all of this was preceded by the “Ula Agreement.” The most important question here: How can a leader win hearts to open the door to reconciliation with Iran and Syria? Are we facing contradictions, or flexibility? Rather, how did the Ukrainian president come?

Those who believe in the vision of the Crown Prince, his leadership, and his administration, from the outset, say: Rather, we are facing an integrated project in accordance with “Vision 2030” to give priority to interests and exploit opportunities. And that the Crown Prince moved the region “from the stage of ideology to technology,” which requires stability, investment, and young minds who believe that their future is in their country, and that is achieved through education, not ideological mobilization. For example: Here is the Saudi woman in space, after decades of arguing over her right to drive.

What Prince Mohammed bin Salman did, and what he is doing, is striving to “transfer the region from the stage of total destruction to comprehensive reconstruction.” This is not achieved through conflicts, crises, and estrangement, but rather through purifying the atmosphere and communication. It can only be achieved by enhancing investment opportunities, so that it will be an economic coordination rather than the prevailing security coordination in the region. And to be partnership and not suspicion, and competition and not conflicts. What the Crown Prince did was present two options: either to move “from ideology to technology,” or to choose between “massive destruction and mass reconstruction,” through partnership rather than gifts, grants, and tricks. Consequently, the region has to choose, and whoever hesitates or refuses will end up in the case of the European countries that rejected the “Marshall Plan” in Europe, and then returned today to begging for entry into the European Union. This is the reading of the Saudi project that won hearts, began to convince minds, and prompted Professor Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at New York University, to write on CNN about "the undisputed rising leader in the Middle East who seeks prosperity, security and stability."

"The Saudis created a promising geostrategic environment in the region," Alon says in his article, "to achieve three distinct goals: maximizing stability in a conflict-ridden region, increasing its regional and international influence and prestige, and ensuring the stability of exports."

Well, how did it all happen? Here you are told: It is true that we now have the “Salmani style” of architecture, but the most important thing is that we are in the era of “Salmani rule” and under the administration of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.


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