Saudi King makes plea for new interfaith dialogue
"Our hand is outstretched to any peace initiative and any dialogue that is aimed at bringing an end to terror and violence."
- Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger of Israel
RIyadh, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi king has made an impassioned plea for dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews -- the first such proposal from a nation with no diplomatic ties to Israel and a ban on non-Muslim religious services and symbols.
Abdullah said Saudi Arabia's top clerics have given him the green light -- crucial backing in a society that expects decisions taken by its rulers to adhere to Islam's tenets.