Geopolitics in Middle East: What is the intention of Gulf-Arabs?

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The Gulf-Arabs, mainly dominated by the Saudi, depend on the production of petrol and gas. Because of that, they are sitting in a desert quagmire, where they only survive by supply of huge amounts of water by the imperial Geoengineering Industry. The legacy oil fields are sucked empty, but with fracking the petrol and gas reserves grow at least five times.


The water supply is mastered at least since 1990s by management of tropospheric wind-water streams into the desert, what is now the backbone of the economies of the Gulf-Arabs and of Petrodollar, which should be renamed to Water-Dollar!

Europe is part of of the water war from the beginning!

Not only in Arabia, but foremost here, the water delivery by climate control is required for two main industries!

1. Intensive, automated agriculture and diary industries!


Coordinates of water theft.

2. Fracking of petrol and gas industry!

Fracking Colonialism!


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Only with this insight about the water supply by climate control, the liquidation of statehood of Somalia and the direct bombardment of Yemen by the Gulf-Arabs can be understood! In addition to the Yemeni mountain as water reservoir, it is mainly the airspace which has to be annexed to secure the wind-water route!

Robbery of water begins at the south of Indian Ocean, flows across the airspaces of Madagascar, Somalia, Yemen and all the other states near the East African coast.

The history of global water robbery begins with the dead falling birds from the sky!.

Dead birds falling!
Somalia and Yemen under ClimateControl !
Geostrategic importance of Yemen!

Hence, the intention of the Gulf-Arabs is to keep the global water robbery alive by financing the fleet of required tanker-jets for the implementation of SRM (Solar Radiation Management) and the wars on airspace! In the case of Yemen, they had to use their own military. By spending for SRM and the water-wars, the national budget of the Saudis has been so widely strained that they had to take a multi billion Dollar debt for the first time in their history.

Saudi Arabia’s national debt has exploded since the oil crash
Elena Holodny 22.12.2016, 16:03

The kingdom’s national debt rose to 316.5 billion riyals in 2016 (about 12.3% of the projected GDP in fixed prices for 2016), up from 142.0 billion in 2015, according the Ministry of Finance’s 2017 budget report.

Moreover, the national debt has increased by about 619% from 2014 — the year OPEC decided not to cut production, after which oil prices plummeted — to 2016.”


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The Saudi have factually declared their defeat in Syria and Iraq by an expressing visit in Moscow to the Russian Federation, although they were threatening Russia in a gangster style at the beginning of the war in Syria.

REPORT: The Saudis Offered Mafia-Style ‘Protection’ Against Terrorist Attacks At Sochi Olympics
Geoffrey Ingersoll Aug. 27, 2013, 4:54 PM

End of an era as Prince Bandar departs Saudi intelligence post

Inside the Saudi King’s 1,500-Person Entourage in Moscow
By Ilya Arkhipov , Henry Meyer , and Evgenia Pismennaya 6. Oktober 2017, 04:01 MESZ

“Saudi officials booked two entire luxury hotels and brought their own carpets and hotel staff with King Salman bin Abdulaziz on his historic visit.”


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The empire is preparing the downfall of the Saudis!

WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists

BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince

‘Sensitive’ UK terror funding inquiry may never be published

8. Qatar is jumping out of the sinking quagmire!

The remaining losers of the weird coalition are attacking Qatar! Turkey, Iran and Russia will protect Qatar! A military option against Qatar would lead to the abrupt collapse of the Saudis and UAE!

“Terror-Helfer” – Nachbarländer kappen Kontakt zu Katar

Sechs Airlines stoppen Flüge nach Katar:

Beautiful: GCC Tears Itself Apart. Saudis, UAE, Bahrain Break Qatar Links

Report: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria
Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Published 10:53 p.m. UTC Jan 21, 2013


5. Conflicting interests of Israel & Arabia

Netanyahu reveals why Arab states are quiet about Trump’s Golan recognition
By News Desk -2019-11-051

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – At a recent news conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said US President Donald Trump had consulted him about what might happen after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and whether large-scale violence or demonstrations would likely take place in the Arab world.

Netanyahu said: “I told him I can not be sure that there will be no objections, but I do not think this will happen. He made this step and what happened on the ground? Nothing.”

“And when President Trump decided to recognize the Golan Heights as part of the sovereign state of Israel, they said again that this would be a great issue, but what really happened? Nothing. And why? Because something so big is changing the perception of many in the Middle East to Israel.”

“Dealing with Israel is no longer an enemy, it is being treated as a necessary ally in the fight against radical Islam led by Sunni extremists – al-Qaeda, ISIS and more and more radical Shiite Islam led by Iran and its followers,” Netanyahu continued.

He said: “Arab countries recognize that this militancy puts them at risk, not less than it puts Israel at risk, so we have a common interest.”

“In addition to the common interest that unites us against a common enemy, our relations are beginning to normalize in a variety of areas. This is not only for the expulsion of evil but also for the welfare of good through economic, technological and other relations. There is a clear change and this is important because at the end We will achieve peace. ”

“The most important thing is to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that we will block its progress towards establishing an empire and occupying other countries,” he added.

Will Netanyahu Go to Riyadh?
A meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince would make sense.
By Karen Elliott House, Jan. 6, 2019 2:59 pm ET

Don’t be surprised if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon visits Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Trump administration has worked for nearly two years to get Riyadh and Jerusalem openly working together. Crown Prince Mohammed loves risk and is eager to turn the page from the Jamal Khashoggi murder. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Mideast trip this week seems choreographed for a dramatic finale starring the crown prince.

The U.S. stage managers are in place: National security adviser John Bolton landed in Israel Saturday, and Mr. Pompeo arrives Wednesday in Amman, Jordan, the first of eight Arab capitals he’ll visit in as many days. He plans to deliver a major speech in Cairo and to visit Riyadh early next week.

Mr. Pompeo’s trip is intended to underscore that far from fading out of the Middle East, the U.S. is leading a broad coalition against Iran. The linchpins of the effort are Israel and Saudi Arabia, which share a fear of Iranian expansionism and are the closest U.S. allies in the region. They have maintained informal but not-so-secret contacts, sharing intelligence on their common nemesis. Why not make it official?

A Netanyahu-Mohammed meeting would be a capstone of the Trump administration’s effort to isolate and contain Iran. The so-called Arab Street’s indifference to the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem is said to have given the crown prince the confidence to take his relationship with Israel public at the right time. On a more political level, it surely would divert public and media attention from problems currently besetting each of the three leaders involved.

For President Trump, it would be a respite from arguments over the government shutdown and his abrupt decision to withdraw from Syria. For Mr. Netanyahu, facing domestic political problems and a new election, it would be a dramatic breakthrough on the order of Anwar Sadat’s 1977 visit to Jerusalem. And for Crown Prince Mohammed, it could restore some of his international luster, tarnished by the Khashoggi murder (in which the Saudis insist the crown prince had no involvement).

Such a meeting would offer only upsides for Messrs. Trump and Netanyahu. For Crown Prince Mohammed it would entail some risk. Openly cooperating with Israel without resolving the future of Jerusalem and its Islamic holy sites surely would provoke opposition from religious Saudis, though only sotto voce given the crown prince’s severe repression of domestic opponents. On balance it would appear he has achieved an international success without domestic repercussion.

For two years Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has worked to unite Israel and Saudi Arabia in a Mideast peace deal, ideally including full diplomatic relations. It isn’t clear the two countries are ready to go that far, but it does seem likely they are ready to leapfrog the intractable Palestinian issue and publicly cooperate with the U.S. to bring Iran to heel. Tehran’s growing influence in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and its intention to possess missiles that could reach the U.S., raises new alarms that militate in favor of a public Saudi-Israeli embrace.

Crown Prince Mohammed has been dropping hints that a formal rapprochement may be in the offing. On his April visit to the U.S., he publicly said when asked that the Jewish people, like “each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation.” Then he offered an Islamic justification: “Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman.” (A skeptic might note that before marrying the Jewish widow Safiyyah bint Huyayy, the prophet required her to convert to Islam.)

Until recently a public meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler would have seemed impossible. Then again, so did the Sadat visit, President Nixon’s 1972 trip to China, and Mr. Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last year. New reality often sweeps away the logic of impossibility. And Mr. Trump loves spectacles. Imagine him watching the historic drama on television—or flying to Riyadh to join it.

Ms. House, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, is author of “On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” (Knopf, 2012).

Did Netanyahu visit Saudi Arabia in mysterious Tel Aviv-Riyadh flight?
Fri Oct 25, 2019 09:55AM [Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:48AM ]

There are speculations that a top Israeli official, perhaps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has visited Riyadh after revelations that a privately-owned Challenger 604 jet has taken off from Tel Aviv and landed in the Saudi capital.

The eyebrow-raising flight departed from Ben-Gurion International Airport, landing first in the Jordanian capital of Amman and then in Riyadh on Tuesday evening, a report by The Jerusalem Post said.

In Jordan, the plane remained on the ground for some two minutes before taking off again and landing in the Saudi capital, which it left after a little less than an hour.

The plane, privately owned and registered in the United States, arrived in Saudi Arabia at the same time as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was in Riyadh.

Israeli media speculate that Netanyahu or Mossad chief Yossi Cohen have been on the mysterious flight, and held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh.

“The plane has also made trips in recent months between Tel Aviv and Cairo.”

Tel Aviv and Riyadh have no diplomatic ties as Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel. But the two sides have increased backchannel cooperation in recent years.

Later in June 2019, it was revealed that Saudi Arabia had purchased $300 million worth of spy software from Israel.

Representatives from the Riyadh regime and Israeli firms reportedly met and struck a deal without a mediator in the British capital city of London at the end of last May.
PressTV-‘Saudi Arabia buys spyware worth $300mn from Israel’

Saudi Arabia has reportedly bought $300 million worth of spy software from Israel to spy on its own people and track human rights advocates.

Tel Aviv has in recent months moved to make its secret ties with Persian Gulf Arab governments public.

Netanyahu in late November last year visited Oman, where he met Sultan Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said at the Bait al-Barakah Royal Palace in the coastal city of Seeb near the capital Muscat.

On October 26 last year, Israeli culture and sports minister Miri Regev traveled to the UAE to accompany Israel’s judo team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2018.

Her visit to the UAE marked the first of its kind by an Israeli minister to a Persian Gulf littoral state.

The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said last December that Eisenkot had secretly traveled twice to the UAE a month earlier, and had met with senior officials there.

Among Arab countries, Israel has diplomatic relations only with Egypt and Jordan.

Netanyahu says Iran is producing cruise missile capable of hitting any target in Middle East
By News Desk -2019-10-282

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has alleged that Iran is currently working on developing cruise missiles capable of reaching any destination in the Middle East, the news outlet Kan News reported. He added that Tehran is reportedly seeking to deploy these missiles at “various locations” in the region, including Yemen, so that they can hit Israel, among other potential targets.

Previously, Iranian head of national security and foreign policy, Mojtaba Zannour, warned Tel Aviv and Washington against making a “mistake”, vowing that Israel “will not live for longer than twenty or thirty minutes” otherwise. He assured that Tehran has developed an effective “deterrence” against Israel and adopted a strategy of “asymmetric warfare”.

Israel has accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them amid the latter’s repeated promises to destroy the State of Israel. Tel Aviv, however, has maintained a shroud of ambiguity over its own nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying allegations that it has developed its own nuclear armaments.

Iranian authorities have repeatedly dismissed accusations of developing nuclear weapons, arguing that using them would go against the religions restrictions of Islam.

Iran is capable replicating Saudi Aramco attack in Israel: senior IDF official

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Iran possesses the capabilities of seriously attacking Israel like the Saudi Aramco strikes that took place in September, Operational Directorate Head of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Major-General Aharon Haliva, said in a closed meeting this week, as reported by Arutz Sheva 7 on Wednesday.

Haliva’s warning, which was publicized on Tuesday evening by the Kan 11 channel, was said at a closed meeting of the Finance Ministry’s Budget Department. In it, Haliva detailed a map of the threats facing Israel and warned of the security challenges in the coming year.

“We have a new front in Iraq. We were in Iraq in ’90-’91 and in previous years. We have the Iranian Quds Force in the Golan Heights,” he said, as quoted by Arutz Sheva. “That’s not fear-mongering, it’s there. And in Dahieh, in Lebanon, there are things happening regarding the threats which are constantly developing, and you need to manage that, and you need to look outwards and know that at Ben Gurion Airport, people are flying abroad and returning. Because that’s our job – our job is to allow life to be lived the way it’s lived, just like that.”

“All the signs show, for very many reasons, from the issue of the major powers – the US and Russia – to the issues of illegal weapons, that the year 2020, from a security perspective, is a year with negative potential for the State of Israel’s interests.

“Meanwhile, on September 14, Iranian forces attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. And anyone who thinks that the Iranians who carried out that very high quality attack which circumvented all of the US and Saudi security systems on its way to the sea, which brought about a rise in the price of gas and other things, cannot do similar against us – isn’t in the profession,” he would add.

Israeli ministers moot war scenario with Iran: Ex-envoy
Wed Nov 6, 2019 11:28AM [Updated: Wed Nov 6, 2019 11:52AM ]

Israeli ministers have reportedly held several meetings to review the likely scenario of a potential war with Iran, with the participants speculating that the Islamic Republic could deal paralyzing blows to the regime in the course of such a confrontation.

The meetings, two of which were held last week, discussed potential lead-ups and aftermath of a conflict, with Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the US, allegedly unveiling contents of the discussions in an opinion piece carried by The Atlantic on Monday.

Titled “The Coming Middle East Conflagration,” the feature claimed the ministerial gatherings had concluded that “fighting could break out at any time” by “a single spark.”

The Israeli ministers suspected that a conflict could come as a result of an “Israeli miscalculation,” such as erringly hitting “particularly sensitive targets” in the countries where the Islamic Republic provides advisory support against terrorists such as Iraq and Syria.

“The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon,” Oren wrote. “And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he went on.

The article said such a war triggered by Tel Aviv’s blunder could see as many as “4,000” projectiles being rained down on Israel every day, with the regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system liable to miss 10 percent of them.

“All of Israel, from Metulla in the north to the southern port city of Eilat, would be in range of enemy fire,” the former official noted.

That threat, the piece added, is eclipsed by the one posed by Iran’s surgical and long-range missiles such as “the deadly Shahab-3” — which would reach Israel “from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran itself.”

Those missiles “a growing numbers of which are in Iranian arsenals, pose a far deadlier threat,” Oren cautioned, highlighting how the projectiles can switch flight routes airborne.

“The David’s Sling system, developed in conjunction with the United States, can stop them—in theory, because it has never been tested in combat. And each of its interceptors costs $1 million. Even if it is not physically razed, Israel can be bled economically.”

The Islamic Republic stands superior at a global level in the field of missile industry, the commander says.

Oren said those missiles can reach Israel directly from Iran, while the Israeli Air Force itself lacks the type of strategic bombers, which are capable of flying as far as the Islamic Republic’s territory.”

The former envoy also said in detail how a potential war could cripple Israel by killing international flights, shutting down lifeline ports, putting out the electrical grid, overwhelming hospitals, and sending millions into shelters.

The situation, he added, would only be compounded after “the skies darken with the toxic fumes of blazing chemical factories and oil refineries.”

Tel Aviv’s response would, meanwhile, see the regime attacking people in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon as well as other countries, which have been receiving the Islamic Republic’s support in the face of Israeli aggression, the article said.

This would face Israel with international repercussions, including by the United Nations and its legal arm, the International Criminal Court, it noted.

However, Oren said the participants were wondering how the US, as a staunch ally of Israel, would respond to a potential war with Iran.

“And over all of them looms a pressing question: How will the United States respond?” he wrote.

These include stocking up and replenishing Israel’s ammunition stockpiles and shielding the regime at the UN by wielding its veto power, the piece concluded.

“Though the details remain top secret, the United States is clearly committed to helping protect Israel’s skies. Whether American troops would go on the offensive on Israel’s behalf, striking Iranian bases, remains uncertain,” the article concluded.

Iran’s missile power first in region, superior in world: Senior IRGC commander
Sun Aug 18, 2019 04:38PM [Updated: Sun Aug 18, 2019 06:04PM ]

Iran holds the very first ranking in the field of missile technology among the Middle Eastern countries and stands superior at a global level, says a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

“Today, we rank first in the missile technology at the regional level and are placed among the few global powers in this regard,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Division of the IRGC, said on Sunday.

The senior Iranian military official said the same ranking applies to the country’s status in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Hajizadeh went on to say that the recent downing of an intruding high-tech US spy drone was indicative of Iran’s counteroffensive prowess and proved its capability of constructing radar and rocket defense systems.

Drawing an analogy between boosting the country’s deterrence power and maintaining balance while cycling, Hajizadeh emphasized, “We shall stall and lag behind the enemy should we stop pedaling. Therefore, we need to go ahead with our deterrent activities in a round-the-clock manner and also make every effort in boost [our military] capabilities.”

Iranian authorities have repeatedly said that the country’s missile program has not been established for non-conventional purposes and is only meant as part of the country’s deterrence capability.

In late July, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iranian Armed Forces carry out their activities, including missile tests, according to plan and “on a regular basis.”

“If certain parties do some kind of media maneuver [to portray things otherwise], it is because they are pursuing specific objectives of their own. Our Armed Forces, though, carry out their activities, including missile tests, entirely regularly,” the Iranian defense minister said.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says Iranian Armed Forces carry out their activities, including missile tests, “on a regular basis.”
Earlier in June, Major General Hossein Salami, the chief commander of the IRGC said Iran had managed to change the balance of power in its favor by harnessing the technology required for manufacturing ballistic missiles.

Salami said the Islamic Republic acquired the knowhow 12 years ago while trying to prepare its defenses against the United States’ aircraft carriers.

Pompeo says Lebanese, Iraqi protesters want their countries back from Iran
By News Desk -2019-11-060

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the opportunity on Wednesday to blame Iran for the issues in both Iraq and Lebanon.

The Iraqi and Lebanese people want their countries back. They are discovering that the Iranian regime’s top export is corruption, badly disguised as revolution. Iraq and Lebanon deserve to set their own courses free from @khamenei_ir’s meddling.

Pompeo, who is one of the Trump administration’s biggest war hawks, has repeatedly blamed Iran for the issues in the Middle East, including their roles in the Yemeni and Syrian wars.

Israel-UAE arms deal part of plan to normalize ties with Arabs
Wed Oct 11, 2017 04:51PM

A recent report has revealed a secret arms deal between Israeli and Emirati businessmen. According to the Hebrew-language Maariv daily, Israeli businessman Metai Kokhafi brokered the deal by flying to Abu Dhabi, along with a group of Israeli generals, including former commander of the regime’s Air Force Eitan Ben Eliyahu. Reactions to this later emerged in Israel with the media criticizing officials for remaining silent on “secret” arms dealings and cooperation with Arab states. Nevertheless, some experts argue that the deal is part of the process already begun to normalize relations between Israel and certain Arab countries.

Bahrain says wants ‘peace, better relations’ with Israel
Thu Jun 27, 2019 06:55AM

The top Bahraini diplomat recognized Israel’s “right to exietnce,” saying the regime is “there to stay, of course.” “Who did we offer peace to [with] the [Arab] Peace Initiative?…We offered it to Israel,” he said. “We want better relations with it, and we want peace with it.”

Delegations in Cairo preparing Netanyahu-MbS summit: Sources
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:02AM

The sources said that the initiative for holding a meeting between MbS and Netanyahu was encouraged by Saudi Arabia’s massive enthusiasm for such a diplomatic encounter.
“There is an official inclination from Saudi officials to open the door for political and public relations with the occupying regime to the highest level that one can possibly imagine,” said the sources in a statement to the online newspaper.
They added that Riyadh was trying to set a precedent for Arab-Israeli relations so that other Arab countries could follow the suit and establish ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

Israel after signing treaty with PG Arab states at White House: Report
Thu Nov 7, 2019 08:16AM

Israel is reportedly seeking to ink a non-aggression treaty and economic cooperation agreement with Persian Gulf Arab countries at the White House as a step towards normalizing bilateral ties.

Citing a report by Israel’s Channel 12 television network, the Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal said on Wednesday that the initiative is being championed by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz.

According to the report, Katz had presented the plan to former US special envoy for the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and told American officials during talks that “the goal is to sign an agreement [with Persian Gulf states] on the White House lawn, during [US President Donald] Trump’s current administration.”

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had also hailed the initiative as “excellent,” the report said.

The plan, it added, aims at “developing friendships and cooperation ties” between the Tel Aviv regime and Persian Gulf Arab countries and obliges them to “take effective measures” against any incitement, “acts of wars, threats or hostility.”

US won’t attack Iran, it will start a new Arab-Persian war. Two crown princes, two countries: They became hitmen of the Crusaders. But the big trap is set against Saudi Arabia.
17 May 2019 İbrahim Karagül

How far could the showdown between the U.S. and Iran go? Could there possibly be a U.S.-Iran war? Will a great intervention start against Iran at the provocation of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and neocon rightists in the U.S.? What kind of developments will the entire region – from Turkey to North Africa, from Pakistan to Somalia – witness in such a case?

These are no simple questions or probabilities. There is, after all, a plan aimed at destroying the whole region – this is a fact now.

There are efforts to get the Muslim world to fight among itself, strike Islam in the heart and start a new period of colonization, of tutelage over Muslim societies. Also, if the “Muslim Central Zone” is taken under complete control, this will pave the way for the West to dominate the world again.

The plot to “push God to trigger doomsday” is unfortunately being staged through Saudi Arabia and the UAE today. The two countries have become spokespersons of an Evangelist Crusades craze. These two countries that have control over Mecca and Medina are kept under control through the crown princes and turned into the hitmen of a sort of Crusader battle.

According to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the U.S. and Israel should attack Iran with all their forces. Arabs should be saved from this danger. Because they have been told that Iran is the greatest threat to come. Iran also prepared the grounds for this through its actions and strengthened this opinion. The real scenario is starting just now.

Meanwhile, let us particularly point out that those who have been portraying Iran to the countries in question as a threat are currently showing Turkey as one too.

A new Arab-Persian war is going to be started. The previous ones were at the country level; this time there is preparation at the regional level. They are going to get Arabs and Iranians to clash, stand aside and watch the destruction. If they succeed, this war might last decades.

All I have to say regarding all this is that the trap was set against Saudi Arabia. The destruction plan is targeting that country. This is the policy to “Destroy by protection.”

Military Threats to Israel: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has accumulated one of the most modern militaries in the Arab world. Although it poses a minimal threat to Israel on its own, the Saudis have participated in previous Arab-Israeli wars, and the prospect that it could do so again, now with its state-of-the-art weapons arsenal, must be taken seriously. An additional risk that cannot be dismissed is the possibility of a hostile, anti-Western regime taking over the country.

With the threat from Iran looming every larger, a senior Saudi defense official noted in January 2012, “We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don’t … If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit.” Prince Turki al-Faisal expounded on this sentiment when he noted that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, “[that] would compel Saudi Arabia…to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences”.

In January 2012, King Abdullah signed an agreement with China for cooperation in the development and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

Since becoming crown prince, next in line to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to as MbS, has made a series of dramatic moves to solidify his authority in the kingdom, strengthen the Sunni alliance against Iran, fight corruption and institute reforms such as improving the rights of women.

In an interview, ex-Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal revealed in 2019 that secret relations between Israel and a number of Gulf states date back as far as 25 years. Interactions have become more public due to the shared interest in confronting the threat both see from Iran.

While critics of Israel frequently accuse the Israelis of trying to provoke the United States to go to war with Iran, it is the Saudis who openly called for the United States to use military force to stop Iran’s nuclear program. During his 2018 visit to the United States, MbS reiterated the Saudis’ determination to develop their own nuclear weapon if Iran builds a bomb.

The Saudis drew closer to Israel during Barack Obama’s term because of their feeling that he did not appreciate their interests and did not take a sufficiently hard line in dealing with Syria or Iran. That relationship also became more open with Saudi officials not only meeting with Israelis in public forums, but allowing their photographs to be taken together, something unheard of in the past.

In March 2018, the Trump administration convened a meeting to discuss the need for humanitarian assistance for the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians boycotted the meeting, which previously would have caused Arab leaders to do the same; however, the Saudis and others came to the meeting with Israeli officials. This, along with the Saudis’ muted reaction to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, were indications of the growing willingness to minimize or ignore Palestinian concerns, in part out of frustration with their intransigence.

During his visit to the U.S. in 2018, two other striking developments occurred related to Israel. The first was the disclosure that the Saudis, for the first time, allowed an airline to use its airspace en route to Israel. The airline was Air India and not El Al, so it was only a small step forward; nevertheless, it was a milestone.

Even more significant was a comment made by MBS in an interview with The Atlantic, in which he said, “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” When asked if Saudi Arabia has any “religious-based objection to the existence of Israel,” MbS replied, “We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people.”

Despite the warming of relations, the Saudis still have no formal diplomatic ties with Israel. Moreover, Israel still has certain concerns about the Saudis’ arsenal. Under previous administrations, the United States alone sold the Saudis more than $100 billion worth of arms, including many of its most sophisticated weapons. In May 2017, the Trump administration agreed to the largest sale yet, $110 billion, including  advanced air defense systems, ships, helicopters, intelligence-gathering aircraft, tanks, artillery and cybersecurity systems. Israel is especially concerned with the Saudi request for U.S. assistance in building a nuclear reactor, which could be used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu applauds UAE Foreign Minister’s tweet supporting Gulf-Israel pact
By News Desk -2019-12-22

“I welcome the closer relations between Israel and many Arab states. The time has come for normalization and peace,” Netanyahu tweeted in a dual-language English-Arabic tweet.

Sheikh Abdullah’s tweet linking to an analysis in The Spectator garnered media attention on Saturday, including 1,600 retweets and over 4,000 likes.

The article he linked to, written by former Tony Blair advisor and ex-Council on Foreign Relations fellow Ed Husain, argued that Netanyahu’s 2018 Oman visit could be seen as a watershed moment for Israel’s traditionally difficult relations with many of its Middle Eastern neighbours.

Israel armed Haftar with UAE funding
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor – January 23, 2020

Commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, has reportedly been supplied with Israeli military aid after secret meetings with Mossad agents that were mediated by the United Arab Emirates.

A high-ranking official in Haftar’s military informed The New Arab that the Libyan commander has been holding secret meetings with Israel over the past two years.

Sniper rifles and night vision equipment were amongst the military aid provided, according to the source.

The UAE has been a leading supporter of the Libyan strongman, with a UN report in June accusing it of supplying his forces with helicopters and other military aircraft in spite of an UN-imposed arms embargo on Libya.

Haftar met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation earlier this month, days after declaring victory in Benghazi over jihadist groups who have been controlling it since 2011, after the uprising against Gaddafi that year.

In 2014, the military strongman said he would not mind “cooperating with Israel and receiving various forms of support from it.” He justified it by claiming that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Israel to officially allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia
By News Desk -2020-01-26

Israel will officially allow its citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia, marking a new chapter in the Saudi-Israeli relations.

According to Haaretz, Israel’s Interior Ministry Arye Dery signed a directive on Wednesday to allow Israeli’s to visit the Kingdom for the first time in the country’s history.

According to the new directive, Israeli citizens traveling to the Kingdom can stay up to nine days in the country. Furthermore, the Israeli citizen must have an invitation from a Saudi official and no pending arrest warrants that may prevent them from entering the Kingdom.

Israel says Netanyahu, Sudan’s ruling council chief met in Uganda, spark Palestinian ire
Tuesday, 04 February 2020 7:55 AM

It was only made public when Netanyahu claimed in a tweet, “We agreed to begin cooperation that will lead to the normalization of relations… History!”

However, Sudan’s information minister and government spokesman said he was not informed of the meeting and had received its news “through the media.”

“We, the members of the cabinet, were not notified or consulted about this meeting. We are waiting for the chief of the sovereign council to return and give clarification about this,” Faisal Mohamed Salih said in a statement.

A senior Sudanese military official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Times of Israel that the Netanyahu-Burhan meeting had been orchestrated by the UAE and that only a “small circle” of top officials in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt knew about it.

Burhan, he added, agreed to meet Netanyahu because officials thought it would help “accelerate” the process of being removed from the US terror list.

Several political factions and activist groups in the Muslim country — where anti-Israel sentiments run high — have also condemned the secret meeting, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.

“There are two things we very much want to achieve. One is direct flight from Israel to Uganda. And second … you open an embassy in Jerusalem (al-Quds), I’ll open an embassy in Kampala,” he said.

Saudi crown prince expected to meet Netanyahu in Cairo: report
Monday, 10 February 2020 7:16 AM [ Last Update: Monday, 10 February 2020 8:56 AM ]

Senior Arab diplomatic sources say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could meet Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a potential summit in Cairo that follows US President Donald Trump’s unveiling of a controversial plan for the Middle East.

The Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) quoted the Arab sources as saying that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his team have been mediating between representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia over the past few months to set up the meeting.

“In recent days there have been very intensive discussions between Washington, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to arrange a summit meeting in Cairo as early as the coming weeks, even before the election in Israel,” one of the Arab sources told JNS. Israel is scheduled to hold a general election on March 2.

Aside from the host, Egypt, the sources said, the summit “will be attended by the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and also the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain and Oman.”

According to the report, Jordan’s King Abdullah declined an invitation to attend the summit in Cairo. The monarch wanted to include Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

A senior Palestinian official confirmed the report, noting that the Palestinian Authority is likely to reject any invitation, since “Abbas and the leadership in Ramallah will continue to adhere to their boycott of Washington and to freezing diplomatic ties with Israel.”

The Palestinian official said the US hinted to the Palestinians that “this would likely be Abbas’ and the Palestinians’ last chance to climb down from the tree and partake in the diplomatic developments unfolding in the region.”

Earlier this month, the Hebrew-language “Israel Defense” magazine cited sources as saying that Israeli authorities were working hard to arrange a meeting between Netanyahu and MBS in the kingdom.

Netanyahu plans to meet with Saudi crown prince before March 2 elections: Report
Netanyahu plans to meet with Saudi crown prince before March 2 elections: Report
Netanyahu is reportedly planning to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh before March 2 elections.
Saudi Arabia has been one of the main supporters of the plan Trump unveiled alongside Netanyahu at the White House on January 28.

The so-called deal would, among other contentious things, seek to enshrine Jerusalem al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allow the regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

The plan has been rejected by all Palestinian groups.

Israeli authorities have been injecting more momentum to their efforts to publicize their clandestine relations with a number of Arab countries, particularly Persian Gulf littoral states.

Israel has full diplomatic ties with only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, but latest reports suggest Tel Aviv has been working behind the scenes to establish formal contacts with other Arab countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

4th prince arrested in Saudi royal purge over alleged coup plot:
NY TimesSunday, 08 March 2020 10:04 AM

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) talking to his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on November 20, 2019. (Via AFP)
Saudi Arabia has detained a fourth prince in a new purge of royal family members over an alleged coup attempt to unseat King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

Two Saudis close to the royal family said Nayef bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz had been arrested on Saturday, The New York Times reported.

He was the fourth prince taken into custody after the detention of his father Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, along with former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and his half brother Nawaf on Friday.

Prince Nayef has held positions in both the Saudi Interior Ministry and the military. A Saudi military website still lists him in his former role as the head of army intelligence.

The arrests came just days after Prince Ahmed, the king’s only surviving full brother and a potential rival to bin Salman, had returned from a falcon hunting trip abroad. His son, Prince Nayef, was with him at the time, a person close to the family said.

Prince Ahmed was one of only three people on the Saudi Allegiance Council who opposed bin Salman becoming crown prince in 2017.

In 2018, he made comments critical of the crown prince to protesters chanting for the downfall of the Al Saud dynasty in London, but later said he had been misinterpreted.

Mohammed bin Nayef was next in line to the throne before he was suddenly replaced by bin Salman in 2017. Since being ousted, Prince Nayef has effectively been under house arrest and prevented from leaving the kingdom.

Three sources with knowledge of the crackdown, including a regional source, said Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Nawaf had been picked up at a private desert camp.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has reportedly ordered arrests of three senior royals, including his own uncle.
The arrests have sparked speculations that aging King Salman is about to die or abdicate.

Reuters cited a regional source as saying that bin Salman “accused them of conducting contacts with foreign powers, including the Americans and others, to carry out a coup d’etat.”

The news agency further quoted sources as saying that King Salman had himself signed the arrest warrants.

Meanwhile, the Middle East Eye news portal reported that moments after the arrests, bin Salman had ordered the princes to tweet their loyalty to him.

“Although many questions still remain about what has happened in Saudi Arabia in the last 24 hours, what is clear is that MBS is now facing ruling Saudi Arabia without the backing of the rest of the royal family,” said Hugh Miles, editor of ­

“This is a major problem for him because any would-be Saudi king is expected not only to have the royal family’s full allegiance, but also to be able to prove it.”

Michael Stephens, a scholar at the Royal United Services Institute, said, “It looks like MBS is just taking out all rivals.”

“The problem is that after the Khashoggi murder, trust in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very low,” he added. “No one will believe the official narrative.”

Bin Salman is said to be the chief culprit behind the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit team inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

The Saudi attorney general says most of the high-profile figures arrested as part of a so-called anti-graft purge in the kingdom agree to monetary settlements.
In 2017, he rounded up hundreds of wealthy princes and businessmen at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

He demanded that they turn over large sums of their wealth as part of an alleged “anti-corruption campaign,” which observers said was meant to consolidate bin Salman’s grip on power and silence his critics.

US threatens UAE with sanctions if they help Syria
By News Desk – 2020-06-20

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The U.S. special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, renewed his warning to the U.A.E. about the sanctions they will face they continue efforts to normalize relations with Syria.

Jeffrey said in a press conference held on Friday, that the U.A.E. may be subjected to sanctions under the newly approved “Caesar Act” in the U.S. Congress.

The U.S. envoy noted that “the U.A.E. knows that the United States strongly opposes the normalization of Abu Dhabi’s relations with the Assad regime.”

Responding to a question about the U.A.E.’s efforts to open its embassy again in Damascus, Jeffrey replied: “They (Emiratis) are an independent country, they can make these decisions, but we made it clear to them that this is a very bad idea.”

He explained that “these steps will not help in implementing the decisions of the U.N. Security Council or in ending the conflict, which is a problem for the entire region.”

Jeffrey stressed that any company or person, whether Emirati or otherwise, would be the target of the sanctions if they do any business with the Syrian government.

This is the second warning to the U.A.E. in the past two days, as Jeffrey previously made similar threats on Wednesday, coinciding with Washington’s announcement that the Caesar Law will enter into force, and start imposing sanctions on 39 people and entities associated with the Syrian government.

Under the sanctions, anyone who deals with the entities and people that appear on the American list, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, are exposed to travel restrictions or financial sanctions, regardless of their location in the world.

Israel will help Gulf nations confront Iran: Israeli intel chief
By News Desk – 2020-06-23

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his country’s intelligence ability and cooperation with the Gulf states in confronting Iran, and pledged Israel’s support to neighboring countries in confronting Iranian ambitions.

In an interview with the Elaph newspaper, Cohen said that Israel is ready to provide every piece of information that would stop the Iranian attacks on the Gulf states, and that cooperation is taking place in this regard, without revealing more than that.

The Israeli minister stressed the importance of Israel standing in the front-lines with the United States to confront Iran, and claimed that this matter is what prevents Iran from attacking the Gulf countries.

He said Israel is harnessing all its capabilities, even military, to prevent a nuclear Iran.

He continued: “I believe that the power of Israel and the United States is to ensure stability in the region, and I know that Iran would have taken hostile steps towards some of its neighbors had it not been for the existence of Israel and its activity in the face of Iran.”

Cohen said Iran is attempting to position its forces across the Middle East, citing Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Yemen as examples.

He pointed out that those who pay a high price for this intervention are the citizens of those innocent countries, where instability can be seen in those countries where Iran is expanding, as seen in the economic collapse in Lebanon.

He cited the Lebanese people, for example, saying that “they do not want to confront the State of Israel, as they, like the rest of the people, love life, economic prosperity, and the development of tourism and trade.”

He pointed out that ” Iranian threats to its neighbors make it clear to the Gulf states and other Arab countries who the real enemy is and who is the true partner, and without doubt there are common interests that bring together the Gulf states with Israel to deepen security and economic cooperation.”

He said that “Iran is the one that attacked the oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, and we have a common enemy on the one hand, and we have common economic interests and a geographical proximity that creates new opportunities on the other hand.”

He stressed that “if the State of Israel has information about the intention of terrorist organizations or a state that supports terrorism such as Iran to harm innocent citizens, it will not fail to convey information and assistance.”

UAE “normalization” of ties with the Israel regime: Hidden agenda
Saturday, 05 September 2020 8:12 AM [ Last Update: Saturday, 05 September 2020 8:57 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A handout picture released by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on April 15, 2019, shows US soldiers standing next to an F-35A Lightning II stationed at the Emirati Al-Dhafra base, about 32 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE and Israel, having had clandestine dealings with one another for many years, have decided to make their relationship public under the guise of “normalization” of ties. Though the mainstream media outlets have waxed poetic regarding the new travel and tourism opportunities inherent in the “new ties” and Israelis are finding it hard to hide their excitement while luxuriating in Dubai’s posh hotels and mega-malls, little is said of the real deal between the two former foes.

Lucrative arms and cybersecurity contracts as well as greater access to Israeli weapons and repression technologies, to which the UAE had very restricted access, have undoubtedly been a major incentive for the deal.

Elijah Magnier, Journalist and Political Analyst contends: “The UAE has been dealing with Israel for more than 15 years and this is not new. We can see that the Israelis have been selling weapons, drones, reconnaissance planes; they’ve been upgrading the F-16 services; they’ve been selling cybersecurity, hacking technology etc.”

Despite having been forced to operate under the radar, the two sides had managed to arrange many deals, especially in the surveillance and intelligence areas.

Despite his public opposition to the US arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Israeli prime minister privately condoned a plan for the sale of American – and even Israeli – weapons to Abu Dhabi, media reports say.
The Israeli connection

Israeli businessmen such as Mati Kochavi, David Meidan, Avi Leumi and Avihai Stolero have been active in the UAE for some time, operating as salesmen for military and surveillance companies like IAI, Rafael and Elbit Systems, AnyVision and NSO Group Technologies.

“Because the UAE is an authoritarian regime, the leaders can decide what to do with their money. Therefore, they need the Israeli technology to spy on their people, to spy on their enemies, to have good ties with the Israelis, and to merge with Israel’s business so to boost also the Israeli economy, which is quite shameful.”

Elijah Magnier, Journalist and Political Analyst

Pegasus 3

In 2016 the Israeli technology group NSO, in a contentious move, sold its Pegasus 3 spyware to the UAE, which has used it to hack the mobile phones of Emiratis dissidents and human rights activists, among them Ahmed Mansoor. A few months later, Mansoor was accused and convicted of undermining national unity in 2017, sentenced to 10 years in jail. He is now held in solitary confinement under the worst of conditions.

A report says Emirati intelligence agents have been training Kurdish YPG militants in northern and eastern Syria over the past few years.
Through normalized relations, the UAE is hoping to beef up its surveillance state with unfettered access to Israeli state-of-the-art products.

What does the UAE hope to get from the deal?

In 2015, Emirati authorities asked Israeli Asia Global Technology run by Kochavi to set up a civil surveillance project in Abu Dhabi called Falcon Eye. While the declared aim was to be “monitoring traffic and unlawful gatherings”, sources close to the company say “Every person is monitored from the moment they leave the doorstep to the moment they return to it.”

With the help of Israel’s former intelligence members, the UAE’s shady DarkMatter Company, not only hacked its own citizens but also dared to hack high-ranking officials from other countries, such as Turkey and Qatar.

“The relationship is expected to grow stronger under the new deal, paving the way for increased surveillance and policing of speech, not just domestically but regionally too.”

Hiba Zayadin, Human Rights Watch

Who runs the surveillance system?

“All that cyber technology is supported by the Israelis, run by the Israelis, and even worse it is run by Israeli intelligence service and previous Mossad operatives who are working with the Emiratis very closely and who, without doubt, share the information with Israel itself when there are information that Israel needs to know,” Magnier points out.

“So basically whats happening is not only oppressing their own population and their own dissidents, but also taking all the Emirati secrets and sharing them with Israel. So there are no more secrets in the UAE. Everything is in the hand of Israel and everything is directed toward whatever the Emirati regime wants.”

Saudi Arabia announces its decision to allow any flights going to and from the UAE to cross over its territory in a move that grants Israel access to the kingdom’s airspace.
What does the UAE really want?

Now that there is no longer a need for discretion, the Emiratis are reportedly seeking to acquire Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. According to Haaretz, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assigned Meir Ben-Shabbat, the head of the National Security Council, to prepare for follow-on talks with their rich Emirati customers.

Through normalizing relations with Tel Aviv, the Emiratis also hope to have full access to much-vaunted American weapons systems and platforms like the F-35 fighter jet.

The Real Deal after decades of secret relations, in mid-August the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli regime decided to bring their affairs out into the open.
In accordance to a long-standing policy, Washington has promised Tel Aviv to guarantee a “qualitative military edge” over its Arab neighbors through not selling its latest military products.

The U.S. State Department, earlier in May, approved the possible sale of about 5,000 used Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to Abu Dhabi.

More importantly, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest newspaper in Israel, “The shambolic peace deal included a secret clause allowing the UAE to buy the F-35 fighter jet.”

Wishful thinking

Mohammad bin Zayed, the Emirati Crown Prince, apparently agreed to the U.S.-brokered peace deal on the proviso that his country be granted access to the advanced jets and drones made in the USA, so it is hardly surprising that the Prince cancelled a planned trilateral meeting with the U.S. and Israel after Netanyahu expressed his opposition to Washington selling the F-35 to Abu Dhabi.

“It is an illusion for the Emiratis to think they can get the F-35 because the Israelis won’t permit and the U.S. will not sell the F-35 to the UAE because they don’t want to upset the Israelis.

And Netanyahu said it clearly that the Emiratis are not going to get the F-35. End of the deal. “

Elijah Magnier, Journalist and Political Analyst

Political commentator Harry Vox says US President Donald Trump falsely believes that the Israel-Emirates normalization deal is going to get him re-elected.
Money, ultimately, talks!

The UAE’s annual military budget is estimated to be about $23 billion, with about $20 billion of that going to arms purchase from the United States. (Source: New York Times)

Describing the UAE Crown Prince, Former State Department Official Tamara Coffman Wittes once said, “We have created a little Frankenstein”.

“The UAE spends 23 billion every year and 20 billion only to procure arms from the United States.

And what they hope to do with the Israelis is basically nothing more than what they are doing.

What they have done is just force their population to adapt to the normalization with the Israelis and they are not going to get more weapons than they have.

And what do they use their weapons for? We saw the involvement of the UAE in Yemen and Libya.

And we see the Emiratis are trying to be present in other platforms and countries in the Middle East, just to impose their presence and try to get some benefits in the Middle East region.

And they think with the help and support of Israel that is possible to boost their presence and influence in the Middle East.”

Elijah Magnier, Journalist and Political Analyst

With almost bottomless pockets, and an insatiable appetite for weapons and surveillance technology, the UAE is an ideal client for both the Israeli and American military and hi-tech companies. Under the guise of “normalization”, Abu Dhabi is in fact set to further enrich US and Israeli arms dealers, tighten its grip on and control of its own citizens and, increasingly, threaten its neighbors with weapons previously out of their reach.

UAE to open embassy in Israel within 3-5 months: Official
Saturday, 05 September 2020 9:47 AM [ Last Update: Saturday, 05 September 2020 9:56 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
(From L) Israeli security advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, US president’s senior advisor Jared Kushner and UAE’s National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold a meeting in Abu Dhabi, on August 31, 2020. (Via Reuters)
A senior Emirati official says his country will open an embassy in the occupied territories within three to five months in the wake of a deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to establish full diplomatic relations.

Israel Hayom newspaper quoted the unnamed UAE Foreign Ministry official as saying that the Israelis could get a visa to travel to the Persian Gulf Arab state after the opening of the diplomatic mission.

“I think the Israelis will be able to obtain travel visa to the UAE from an embassy that will open in Israel after three to five months from now,” he said, adding that Abu Dhabi is also considering opening “a consulate in Haifa or Nazareth that works alongside the embassy”.

“We aspire to a peace agreement with Israel, but peace is in reality with all Israelis, and it is very important for us to be available to the Arab population of Israel, whom we consider an important partner for warm peace,” he further claimed.

Earlier this week, the Israeli foreign ministry said both the regime and Emirati officials had discussed opening embassies during talks in the UAE that also involved American authorities.

In a joint statement issued by the White House on August 13, Israel and the UAE announced that they had “agreed to the full normalization of relations.”

The UAE announced a few days later that it was scrapping its economic boycott against the Tel Aviv regime, allowing trade and financial accords between the two sides.

On August 31, the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi took a joint US-Israeli delegation to the UAE capital for talks with the Emirati officials to finalize the normalization deal.

Different Palestinian political factions react with fury to the first official visit of an Israeli delegation to the UAE to finalize a recently-reached normalization agreement.
All Palestinian factions have unanimously condemned the UAE-Israel agreement, describing it as a stab in the back of the oppressed nation and a betrayal of the Palestinian cause against the occupation.

Serbia, Kosovo to open embassies in Jerusalem al-Quds

In another development on Friday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tel Aviv and Pristina have agreed to establish diplomatic ties and Kosovo, along with Serbia, will open embassies in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

The remarks came shortly after US President Donald Trump made a similar announcement in Washington, where he met with leaders of Serbia and Kosovo as they agreed to normalize economic ties between them.

“Kosovo will be the first country with a Muslim majority to open an embassy in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi welcomed Netanyahu’s announcement about what he called “the genuine intention to recognize Kosovo and establish diplomatic relations.”

I welcome the announcement of Israeli PM @netanyahu about the genuine intention to recognize #Kosovo and establish diplomatic relations. Kosovo will keep its promise to place its diplomatic mission in #Jerusalem 🇽🇰🇮🇱🇺🇸

— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS) September 4, 2020
Separately, Trump took to Twitter to claim more Islamic and Arab nations will “soon” forge ties with Israel.

Another great day for peace with Middle East – Muslim-majority Kosovo and Israel have agreed to normalize ties and establish diplomatic relations. Well-done! More Islamic and Arab nations will follow soon!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
Meanwhile, the Israeli premier announced that Serbia will move its diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds by July 2021, becoming the first European country to follow in the footsteps of the United States in relocating the embassy.

“I thank my friend the president of Serbia … for the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to transfer his embassy there,” Netanyahu said.

Serbia embassy move makes Palestine victim of Trump’s electoral ambitions: PLO
Serbia embassy move makes Palestine victim of Trump’s electoral ambitions: PLO
The PLO chief says the US president has made Palestine a victim of his electoral ambitions as Serbia moves its embassy in Israel to al-Quds.
Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi called on other countries to “follow in Serbia’s footsteps and move their embassies to Jerusalem” al-Quds.

Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” in December 2017 and five months later relocated the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

Israel lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as an occupied territory and Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state.

To date only the US and Guatemala have embassies in Jerusalem al-Quds.

SOCOTRA, YEMEN — In the wake of the recent normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in August, it is becoming increasingly clear that Tel Aviv is set to take on an increasingly active role in the war on Yemen, a war that the UAE – together with Saudi Arabia – launched over six years ago.

Yemen’s strategic islands, particularly the sparsely populated archipelago containing Socotra located at the mouth of Gulf Aden in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, is of particular importance. Often a flashpoint for tensions between Iran and the United States, Yemen and the Saudi Coalition, and a major chokepoint for much of the world’s maritime transit, the waters surrounding Yemen, particularly the island of Socotra, have become a much-vaunted prize for regional intelligence and security apparatus. Now, both the UAE and Israel are working to establish military and intelligence centers on Socotra, which lays some 240 kilometers east of the coast of Somalia and 380 kilometers south of the Arabian Peninsula.

According to one Yemeni source, the United Arab Emirates and Israel have already completed logistical operations to establish intelligence-gathering bases and new military facilities on the island. A presence on Socotra will not only allow the new alliance to establish a foothold against Yemen’s Houthi-led opposition, but will allow it to conduct surveillance on Oman, Iran, Pakistan, and China, who, in recent years, has established a presence on the nearby horn of Africa.

Last week, an Emirati ship arrived on Socotra laden with personnel from the UAE and Israel and transporting weapons and communication equipment according to a local source on the island. Even before the UAE-Israel normalization deal was announced, the two countries were sending delegations to Perim Island, known as Mayyun in Arabic, a volcanic island in the Strait of Mandeb at the south entrance to the Red Sea.

Perim Island, the gateway to the Mediterranean
In Socotra, locals report that the same Emirati-Israeli team arrived on an Emirati aircraft various times throughout the year to examine locations in the Momi district on the east of the island and the Qatnan locality on its western coast.

Issa Salem Bin Yaqoot al-Soctari, the head of indigenous tribes on the island, said in a statement recently that the UAE has brought Israel to Socotra and that both sides have already started building new bases there. With much consternation, al-Soctari complained of the UAE’s “policy of repression, starvation, and intimidation” against the island’s residents. Mirroring Israel’s policy in Palestine, al-Soctrai also accused Emirati forces of intentionally changing the Island’s demographics by housing foreigners on the island en masse.

Israel has few friends in Yemen
Israel is far from a welcome presence in Yemen and local support for the Palestinian cause is nearly universal. Large demonstrations have already taken place in Abyan, Taiz, and Shabwah against the normalization of ties with Israel and against any Israeli presence in Yemen.

In early September, a meeting of high-ranking officials was held, headed by the prime minister of the National Salvation Government in Houthi-controlled Sana’a, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, in which a council affirmed support for the “preparation of lawsuits” to be filed with international courts against the presence of foreign “occupiers.”

All of Yemen’s political parties, including local tribes allied with the Saudi-led Coalition, staunchly reject the presence of Israel in Socotra. or any place in Yemen for that matter, yet of all Yemen’s myriad political forces, the Houthis are likely the most willing to take preemptive action against Israeli ambitions in the country. Sources in Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthis, reported that plans are already being made to use ballistic missiles and drones to destroy any intelligence-gathering and military facilities belonging to both Israel and UAE.

Officials in Yemen’s easternmost province of al-Mahrah told MintPress that the security cooperation between UAE and Israel is being actively supported by Saudi Arabia and aims to help the Saudi-led coalition carry out its long-held goal of tightening control over the province by gathering intelligence on the ground. Intelligence gathering operations on Socotra would also cast neighboring Oman under UAE and Israeli radars. Oman enjoys long borders and solid relations with Yemen, and much to the dismay of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it also enjoys cordial relations with Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, a relationship that the Coalition is eager to undermine.

Socotra has been a prize for the UAE, and indeed for Israel, for years. The Emirati-backed separatist militant group, the Southern Transitional Council (STC), has already effectively captured Socotra and established a secret relationship with Israel following talks with officials in Tel Aviv sponsored by the UAE. In fact, the UAE has had its grip on the island archipelago since 2018 and has already built military bases, installed communications networks, and used its considerable oil wealth to purchase thousands of hectares of private land from locals.

The Chinese connection
The establishment of a strong central intelligence-gathering facility on the Yemeni islands not only has local and regional implications but, supported by the United States, represents a bold bid for Israel’s geopolitical and strategic dominance in the region and could pay off for the U.S.-Israeli axis along with its newly minted Gulf Arab allies.

Israeli and UAE radars on Socotra, located at the mouth of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, could not only examine sea and air traffic in the region but also could help Israel, a strong ally to India, monitor Pakistan, a country which Israel views with animus and one that is strongly opposed to normalization. Both the UAE and Israel – and more importantly the United States – could also keep a close eye on the Gwadar Port of Pakistan. The Gwadar Port is still under development. A jewel in China’s  Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) crown, once complete, the port is slated to compete directly with Dubai and would allow China to export goods should the United States decide to block China from access to the straits of Malacca.

Yemenis are concerned that the presence of Israel on Socotra not only could pose a security risk but could also undermine China’s efforts to develop Yemen’s economy under the Belt and Road Initiative. Both Yemen and China support the inclusion of Yemen into the BRI. Chinese officials have stated that they stand ready to participate in the economic reconstruction of Yemen and officials in Sana`a are working hard to join the BRI as they hope it will present an opportunity to reconstruct the infrastructure that has been destroyed by six years of Saudi-Colation bombing.

Normalization with Israel equal to neocolonialism: Kuwaiti analyst
Monday, 12 October 2020 5:22 PM [ Last Update: Monday, 12 October 2020 5:46 PM ]
US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinians gather to commemorate the Second Intifada (Uprising) and to protest normalization deals between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel, in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on September 28, 2020. (Photo by AFP)
A prominent Kuwaiti political expert has denounced attempts by a number of Arab states to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, describing normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime as a form of “neocolonialism.”

Dr. Abdullah al-Nefisi, in a post published on his Twitter page, said signing of normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states will turn the latter into new colonies.

التطبيع مع إسرائيل إستعمار جديد. Neocolonialism نتحول على أثره إلى مستعمرات تخدم المصلحه الصهيو – أمريكيه .

— د. عبدالله النفيسي (@DrAlnefisi) October 11, 2020
“Normalization of relations with the Israeli regime amounts to neocolonialism, and will turn us into colonies that serve the common interests of the Zionists and the Americans,” Nefisi wrote in his tweet.

On October 4, Kuwait’s new emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah reiterated the kingdom’s unswerving support for the Palestinian nation and their struggle for the liberation of their land occupied by the Israeli regime.

During a meeting with visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, Sheikh Nawaf said Kuwait would continue to follow in the footsteps of the late Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah, and will offer solid support to Palestine and its people.

Shtayyeh and other senior officials from the Palestinian Authority had arrived in Kuwait to offer condolences over the demise of Sheikh Sabah.

Kuwaiti parties dismiss Trump allegation kingdom will normalize ties with Israel soon
Kuwaiti parties dismiss Trump allegation kingdom will normalize ties with Israel soon
Nearly a dozen Kuwaiti political factions reject Trump’s claim that the country is ready to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.
Earlier, the 83-year-old Kuwaiti monarch stressed in a telephone conversation with the head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh, on October 1 that the kingdom will not alter its policies toward Palestinians and will remain committed to the Palestinian cause.

Anti-Israel sentiment runs high in Kuwait. A poll conducted last year by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an American think tank, showed that 85 percent of Kuwaitis oppose normalizing ties with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani in a US-brokered event hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15.

Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital view the deals as betrayal of their cause.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas protested the normalization deals with Israel, saying they will be fruitless as long as the United States and the Israeli regime do not recognize the rights of the Palestinian nation and refuse to resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees.


Iran stresses sovereignty over trio of Persian Gulf islands at UNSC

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

An aerial view of Iran’s Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has reiterated the country’s sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands, saying those territories have always been and will always remain Iranian.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi reacted to some unsubstantiated accusations raised against Iran’s regional role and attempts to dispute the country’s sovereignty over the trio.

Earlier at the session, Secretary General of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah al-Hajraf had urged Iran to respond to the body’s call to resolve the dispute over the islands through negotiations.

“Since the issue related to Iranian islands has been mentioned here, I have to say that Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunb islands have always been part of Iran. These islands are Iranian and will remain so,” Takht-Ravanchi said in response.

The strategically-positioned islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa have always been part of Iran, the proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid baseless claims to the islands.

Referring to Iran’s peaceful role in the Persian Gulf region, the envoy said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has played an incontestable role in ensuring energy security, commercial navigation and stability in the Persian Gulf region and we will continue to contribute to the promotion of peace and security in this sensitive region.”

He also stressed that the Islamic Republic’s defensive requirements, including its missile program, stem from “geostrategic calculations and a significant historical experience.”

Iran, he added, is building up its defense capabilities in a bid to protect itself from the crimes similar to those committed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 imposed war.

“During Saddam Hossein’s eight-year aggression against Iran that was supported through different means by the US and a number of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council countries, our cities were showered by Iraqi missiles and our people [fell] victim to chemical and other lethal weapons provided to Saddam mainly by the West. Simultaneously, unjust sanctions and restrictions deprived us of rudimentary means of self-defense. It is our responsibility now to prevent the recurrence of such appalling situation,” Takht-Ravanchi said.

Elsewhere in his address, the Iranian ambassador criticized certain Persian Gulf states with huge military expenditures for turning the region into “a powder keg” and committing war crimes against the Yemenis.

“It should be borne in mind that security must originate from within and cannot be purchased from outside. Those in our region who spend hundreds of billions of dollars on sophisticated armaments annually should realize that huge military expenditures neither create legitimacy nor long-lasting security,” he said.

“They have only turned our region into a powder keg. And the only beneficiaries are the exporters of these deadly weapons. Some GCC forces are using these sophisticated armaments against the innocent people of Yemen who are experiencing the worst man-made humanitarian catastrophe of contemporary history; a clear case of war crime.”

Nonetheless, Takht-Ravanchi underlined the need for promoting cooperation on an equal footing as well as building mutual trust and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and no interference in their internal affairs.

“Let me conclude by once again reiterating our call for a constructive dialog with our neighbors with a view to dispelling misunderstandings and restoring friendly relations among all littoral States of the Persian Gulf,” he added.

US, Israel building a ring of fire around Iran: Former American diplomat
Saturday, 05 September 2020 5:50 PM [ Last Update: Monday, 07 September 2020 2:25 AM ],-Israel-attempting-to-establish-a-ring-of-fire-around-Iran

US sailors assigned to the harbor patrol unit at Naval Support Activity — a United States Navy base in Bahrain — maneuver harbor patrol craft in formation past the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. (File photo)

By J. Michael Springmann

In my view, the basis for Jared Kushner’s trips to the Middle East can be divided into two parts:

One, of course, is his support for Israel and his efforts to end the Palestinian problem for the Israelis by getting Arab states to disavow support for the Palestinians and to ensure that their interests — their rulers’ interests, rather — are best served by trade and diplomatic deals with the Israelis. The Apartheid Entity has been working for years to establish relationships with the United Arab Emirates, and, apparently, from what I’ve seen, they’ve been trying to do the same thing with a number of other countries in the region. Certainly, there’s been plenty of cooperation between the Israelis and the Saudis. It wasn’t that long ago that the Saudis permitted EL AL overflights to India, and they permitted the overflight of the plane carrying Israeli officials and Jared Kushner along with US national security adviser Robert O’Brien, former U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook, and envoy for Middle Eastern affairs Avi Berkowitz to the United Arab Emirates.

But, Two, I think the major point of all this, for the which Palestinian problem is simply a cover, is that Trump is reacting to his repeated defeats in the United Nations. He is attempting to put more sanctions on Iran and trying a snapback of the weapons sanctions against Iran that are going to expire in October, just next month. So I think what they’re trying to do is show Trump is opposing Iran and bypassing the United Nations, bypassing the wishes of many Americans. Although I think there are too many Americans who support Israel and its goals.

The real issue is to ring Iran with a group of hostile Arab States under the flag of Israel, with United States and Saudi Arabia support. Certainly the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, set up by the Saudis back, I think, in the 1980s, comprises some of the most repressive, repulsive and medieval governments in the world. And they oppress their own people. They object to any kind of democracy. They object to giving any kind of aid and comfort to their Shia populations. And they all detest and despise Iran and will do anything to harm Iran. And Trump and Israel are working hard to present a United Front against Iran throughout the Arabian Peninsula. You’ve got American bases, of course, in Kuwait, and in Bahrain – the home of the Fifth Fleet, which has no business being in the Persian Gulf. So, I think you’re going to see American bases or Arab bases all along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, and they’re all going to be aimed at Iran. Certainly, at Al Udeid Air Base, there’s some 10,000 American servicemen and it has runways long enough for the largest American bombers like the antiquated B52. So the whole purpose, then , is to ring Iran with fire, either American fire or Israeli and Arab fire. I can’t see how any Arab states can do this but then these are not Arab states. They’re statelets. They are leftover from the British occupation of the region in the 19th century, and they are basically lines drawn on the map rather than real countries. Prior to discovering oil, the primary basis for their economies was pearl diving.

So, I think that you’re forging alliances with countries that are divorced from their own people. Hopefully, in the future, the people will rise up against their oppressive rulers and put an end to this nonsense the American cooked up. Unfortunately, now, the program seems to be going very well and Kushner and company are bragging that they assume more Arab states will be joining the United Arab Emirates. Obviously you’ll see Saudi Arabia in there. While they have been coy about what their plans, they are the controlling force in the region and they’ve been negotiating secretly with the Israelis for years. I think that they will eventually get control 0of the entire Peninsula, with the exception of Yemen, that the Saudis and the UAE have not yet destroyed. Unfortunately, it’s a very bad future from a very bad scenario. We can only hope that the people will rise up in the Persian Gulf countries and overthrow their corrupt, incompetent, illegitimate governments, thus putting an end to this (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council.

Kushner tours Arab states to push for more normalization deals with IsraelUS President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is on a tour of Persian Gulf Arab countries to push them follow in the UAE

J. Michael Springmann is a former American diplomat, and political commentator based in Washington, DC. He had formerly worked at the US Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration and as a diplomat with the US Department of State. He had been assigned to Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington, DC. 

He’s the author of two books, Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World: An Insider’s View and Goodbye, Europe? Hello, Chaos?: Merkel’s Migrant Bomb.

He recorded this article for Press TV website.

UAE to potentially purchase laser defense system from Israel: newspaper
By News Desk – 2020-08-220

Israel’s Light Blade laser defense system, which was manufactured by the OptiDefense company.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – An Israeli newspaper said on Friday that the UAE is interested in purchasing the “Light Blade” system used by the Israeli army, and made by the Israeli company, “OptiDefense”.

According to Israel Hayom, the UAE is considering the purchase of the Light Blade system to boost its defensive capabilities.

The newspaper said the Light Blade system “aims to counter the threat posed by balloon-strapped incendiary and explosive devices, as well as drones launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel.”

The newspaper added that representatives from the UAE reached out to Israeli parties that played a role in developing the system, regarding the possibility of purchasing a number of operational units.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE under American auspices on August 13th.

The peace deal has been met with mixed reactions, as regional countries like Iran and Turkey have slammed the normalization agreement as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

‘We firmly oppose the sale of F-35s to UAE’: Israeli intel chief
By News Desk – 2020-09-050
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – On Friday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen announced that Israel will firmly oppose the sale of F-35 fighters and other advanced weapons to the United Arab Emirates.
Cohen said, “We are against that, we will not agree to any sales contract … and we will act against selling any weapon that would harm Israel’s qualitative military superiority, including the F-35.”
The minister’s comments came as the media reported that Israel and the UAE were ready to attend the signing ceremony of the normalization agreement in Washington within the next ten days.
Cohen endorsed Netanyahu’s statements regarding the F-35, saying, “I attended cabinet meetings. Today, I spoke with the prime minister who categorically said there is no agreement (on the matter) and he did not agree to that.”
Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the New York Times report, which stated that he had secretly agreed to supply the UAE with advanced F-35 stealth fighters, although he had expressed his opposition to it publicly.
Regarding the signing ceremony, the Israel-based Channel 12 report stated that it may be held on September 13, which coincides with the twenty-seventh anniversary of the White House’s signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians.


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