THE SIX-YEAR EPIC FAILURE: RIYADH’S CRUSADE ON SANA’A

22.03.2021

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Six years of the Saudi-led war have passed in Yemen, and it keeps going with no sign of a peaceful solution on the horizon.

The “occasion” was “commemorated” with a briefing by Ansar Allah, or as they are popularly known – the Houthis. Some impressive numbers were shared.

Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sari said that the Saudi-led coalition carried out more than 266,150 airstrikes throughout these 6 years. The predominant number of those strikes targeted Yemeni citizens, homes, cities and other infrastructure.

On the side of the Houthis, at least 1,348 separate missile operations were launched, with nearly 500 being behind enemy lines on key military facilities of the Kingdom and the UAE. In total, the Houthi Air Force carried out 12,623 raids with drones. In 2021 alone, Ansar Allah has carried out 1,464 operations, including 124 attack operations, and the rest reconnaissance.

The Ansar Allah ground forces carried out 12,366 combat operations throughout the years. When it comes to losses, the Houthis didn’t share theirs. They claimed that over the 6 years, the Saudi-led coalition had suffered some significant losses. In total, more than 240,000 fighters were either killed or injured.

This includes UAE forces, Sudanese mercenaries, Saudi armed forces, as well as the troops of the Yemen puppet government.

As expected, the update focuses more on what the Houthis achieved and what Saudi Arabia has lost, but it has been an open secret that Riyadh’s intervention in Yemen hasn’t been a glowing example of success.

In just the past few days, leading up to March 22nd, the Houthis carried out a significant attack on Aramco oil facilities. A refinery was struck by 6 suicide drones. The Saudi Ministry of Energy claimed that the attack caused a fire that was “quickly” controlled by the refinery’s staff. Satellite imagery, however, showed the damage to be much more extensive than Riyadh let on.

Saudi Arabia, on its part, released footage of its airstrikes on Ansar Allah in the Marib province. The videos presented 17 pinpoint airstrikes by Riyadh warplanes on vehicles and positions on several fronts of the province. The Saudi-led coalition also released a video showing precision airstrikes on a cave supposedly used by the Houthis to store suicide drones. It is purportedly located near Yemen’s capital Sana’a.

In spite of these videos, and the Saudi attempt to present the situation in a somewhat positive light, the Saudi-led coalition has been slowly retreating in Marib.

Six years of war have passed in Yemen, in which massive amounts of funds were “invested” by Riyadh to fight a war that it still can’t even go near winning.

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Israel is an advanced garrison for U.S. in the region: Moroccan analyst

By Mohammad Mazhari

December 28, 2020 – 18:15

TEHRAN – A Moroccan journalist describes Israel as an “unnatural entity” which is “planted” in the region to represent U.S. interests and cause escalations.

“Israel is an unnatural entity based on expansion, and it does not have standards of a state,” Driss Addar tells the Tehran Times. “It is an advanced military garrison for America, which is the hidden state of the Jews of Khazaria.”
The Moroccan journalist calls Israel an arrogant regime that is established based on expansionism.
Following is the text of the interview: 

Q: How do you see the decision of some Arab states like the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan to normalize ties with Israel? 

A: There are multiple reasons for each government, although the context that paved the way for Arab states to normalize their relationship with Israel was apparently the same.

But before answering your question, I would like to point out that regarding Morocco the step of normalization of ties was taken within the framework of joint Arab action and settlements based on the two-state solution. 

The Moroccan step differs in terms of context and historical motives and also even the content of the statement issued in this context.

That is why the Palestinian Authority treated the Moroccan decision differently, in contrast to its position on the Abraham Accords, which was rejected by Morocco too. 

The Arabs today are pushed into a corner, and their interaction with their geopolitics is limited to be a spectator or the functional tool for other powers.

So the Emirates’ normalization of ties with Israel is based on promised goals within the framework of building an Israeli-(Persian) Gulf coalition to confront Iran after America portrayed Tehran as an enemy.

In this concept, the previous friend becomes the enemy and the enemy becomes a close friend who is welcomed.

Israel and the United States are aware that geography in the East is senseless after the creation of chaos, breakup plans, and proxy wars, and today they are investing in this reality, with the certainty that the idea of a new Middle East has become impossible after Syria’s victory over a terrorist war that was imposed on it.

 With the emergence of Russia as a new international power and Iran as a large regional power, the current U.S. administration wants to cripple the next administration by forming an Israeli-(Persian) Gulf alliance to prevent a U.S. return to the nuclear deal or laying landmines for Biden.

Q: Why did Morocco accept to normalize relations with Israel? It seems that there were informal relations with Israel before the announcement of normalization.

A: Morocco provides an explanation and justification for this normalization step and this agreement is limited to the transfer of the Moroccan community and a set of exchanges between the two sides.

 Not to mention America’s recognition of the Moroccan Sahara, it contributed to this step while other countries do not have these incentives, which makes the Moroccan situation different.

Morocco has been playing a mediatory role in the past and wants to continue it now. In the context of the change in the regional system and the escalations over the Palestinian issue, Morocco adopted a different viewpoint that sees itself as more capable for mediation than Egypt or Jordan.

Here Morocco has determined an agenda, including finding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Here we are not talking about the best way to achieve consensus within the framework of an official Palestinian demand; the point here is related to Morocco, as it started from the beginning and after the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a political solution and in the same framework that was agreed upon in the Arab world and in the (Organization of) Islamic Cooperation, that is the two-state solution.

So, Morocco has set an agenda realizing that the people reject the normalization of ties with Israel. So it did not call it normalization, but a statement that all wait for the implementation of the demands mentioned in it.

Morocco does not want to exclude the Palestinian cause but rather stated that this issue is equal to its national causes.

The issue is explained clearly in detail. So it is a conditional agreement that pledges a just solution to the Palestinian issue.

Moroccans are monitoring the progress of the agreement. Hence, unlike other forms of normalization, there is no signal of disregard or humiliation for the Palestinian cause in Morocco. 

The agreements between the Arabs and the Israeli regime were raised under initiatives and joint actions, while this is a conditional initiative and not a blank check.

Morocco hopes that all parties in the conflict succeed in finding an opportunity for a fair settlement approvable by international, Arab, and Islamic communities, otherwise it will not be applicable. Any initiative needs to take into account the Palestinians’ rights to succeed. 

I guess what is expected from this agreement is something greater than what is carried out by states that have fully normalized ties with Israel.

Over the years of conflict, the Israeli regime neither abides by UN resolutions nor Arab initiatives, and the siege on the Palestinian people is continuing. 

This is something that cannot be overlooked. Morocco had officially closed the contact office during the second Palestinian uprising (Intifada) in 2000.

The issue here is not who will join the normalization process or not. We must seek the possible conditions to facilitate a comprehensive and complete peace in the Middle East (West Asia).

What distinguishes Morocco is that it has a large community within Israel and also officials in the Israeli government are still associated with their Moroccan origins. 

Therefore, Rabat considers it an opportunity to resolve the conflict in a context that is under regional and international pressure.

Arabs are living in a difficult situation and Morocco is part of the Arab world and is concerned with resolving the Palestinian issue and considers it as a red line.

What happened is a conditional connection to mediate between Israel and Palestine. It is not a full normalization, because it would not be possible before settling the Palestinian issue. 

Here we had to pause at the difference between contact mechanism, which is a pre-condition for any mediation, and full normalization that cannot be achieved in the absence of a solution. 

Rabat says that the agreement does not compromise on the Palestinians’ legitimate rights.

Official Moroccan position has not changed as it sticks to a two-state solution. However, Morocco accepted conditional contact, clearly and within an agenda that approves the Palestinian cause in the context of its first national priority, which is contrary to the content of the Abraham Accords.

Q: Do you think that the normalization will benefit the Islamic and Arab worlds? Do you expect Israel to give up its expansion plans after the normalization of relations?

A: What I said is an explanation and not a justification, and therefore it falls within the framework of understanding the political possibilities.

But strategically it will not change the situation at all, because the problem is very deep, as we face a blockage in the proposed solutions.

Even the two-state solution is a long story presented a long time ago, but it is not practically possible. Given the Israeli rejection and the impossibility of the two states’ existence in this small geography, in which this Israeli regime was planted, this small area cannot host two states in terms of history and religion.

Therefore, it is not possible to expect significant results from normalization unless we go beyond the limits of the current static situation.

Israel is an unnatural entity based on expansion, and it does not have standards of a state. It can even be said that it is an advanced military garrison for America, which is the hidden state of the Jews of Khazaria, according to Tatiana Grachova, the Russian writer and author of the book “Hidden Khazaria”.

Consequently, this regime is established on expansionism, and this is the main reason for escalations in the region. 

Despite Israeli arrogance, in the political process, one can only talk about an attempt to besiege and embarrass this regime.

Q: Don’t you think that Saudi Arabia would join others to normalize ties with Israel sooner or later? What will be its impact on the rest of the Arab countries?

A: The recent signals hint that Saudi Arabia will join the normalization process.

I don’t think that the Saudi normalization will create a different atmosphere or will have more serious repercussions rather than the previous steps in normalization. The main goal of these countries is forming an alliance with Israeli to surround Iran. The rest of the Arab countries, especially those close to the conflict zone, are in a different position. With the exception of Syria, whose position is clear on Israel as an enemy, the rest of neighboring Arab countries not only prefer to support normalization of ties with Israel but also support aggression against the resistance axis and occupied Palestine.

Q: Now how would you describe the position of Arab countries, governments, and people toward the Palestinian cause?

A: It is no longer possible to address the path and options of Arab policies.

But no one is against the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation, especially in its difficult circumstances.

Now the question here is how can the demands of the Palestinian people be fulfilled to confront Israeli malicious policies?

If you focus only on the dark reality of our region, you will see that the Palestinian cause is in its worst condition, but a strategic vision will say that the facts suggest important changes in favor of the Palestinian cause.

Rather, the victory of Syria, and the achievements of the resistance axis, is the most important cards that can hinder the deal of the century.

This deal cannot be passed without eliminating the Lebanese resistance and overthrowing the Syrian state, the two goals that were not achieved by the resistance of the nations of the region.
 

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MBS said he would be killed by his ‘own people’ if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report

Billionaire Haim Saban claims crown prince made remarks after UAE and Bahrain’s deals with Israel, Haaretz reports

Mohammed bin Salman is the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia
US President Donald Trump has suggested Saudi Arabia may recognise Israel (AFP/File photo)

By MEE staff
Published date: 23 October 2020

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban he would fear for his life if he struck a normalisation deal with Israel, Haaretz reported.

The Saudi crown prince, also known by his initials MBS, said following in the steps of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would get him “killed by Iran, by Qatar and my own people”, Saban said.

The entertainment mogul made the claim at a pro-Biden online campaign event on Wednesday entitled “Israel’s Security and Prosperity in a Biden White House”, hosted by Florida for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Haaretz reported.

The UAE and Bahrain, which closely coordinate their foreign policies with Saudi Arabia, normalised relations with Israel in August, cementing the move with a signing ceremony at the White House last month.

Saban, a billionaire who founded the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, was one of the few Democrats present when the agreements, dubbed the Abraham Accords, were signed on 15 September.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump said he expected Saudi Arabia to also agree to closer ties with Israel in the coming months.Arab populations continue to oppose normalisation with Israel, survey shows

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His comments came shortly after Sudan became the third Arab country in recent months to normalise ties with Israel.

Earlier this month, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud said the kingdom would not recognise Israel until there was a return to Israel-Palestine negotiations.

Saban, a longtime donor to the Democratic party, also used his platform at Wednesday’s online event to praise presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden’s “47 years of commitment” to Israel.

“All Jews in America that care about the US-Israel alliance know they can sleep peacefully under a Biden presidency,” he said.

The normalisation deals have largely been met positively among both Democrats and Republicans.

The billionaire also claimed that President Donald Trump played a minor role in securing the Abraham Accords, while most of the credit should go to his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

“All of the credit should be going to Jared Kushner and [his aide] Avi Berkowitz, who worked really hard on it,” said Saban.

Trump has highlighted the Arab normalisation deals with Israel as major achievements as he seeks another term in 3 November elections, with his evangelical Christian base widely supportive of Israel.

Still, the normalisation deals have outraged Palestinians, who have called them “a stab in the back”, pointing out that they reward Israel and allow it to continue its illegal occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as its siege of Gaza.

recent survey found that, despite the moves by the UAE and Bahrain, a majority of Arab populations continue to strongly oppose normalisation with Israel.

This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.

Rocking the boat – Sudan

Rocking the boat – Sudan

November 20, 2020

by Nat South for the Saker Blog

Not the trendiest of breaking news, swamped by the turmoil of the U.S. Elections, but the Russian government announced (1) work under progress on a draft agreement (2) for setting up of a naval logistics hub (in Russian – see map) in Port Sudan.

This announcement is bound to make Western Russia ‘watchers’ twitch, others laugh at the location, (not exactly Havana’s bustle of the Soviet era), and some pundits may have another severe bout of futile angst. This piece of news will not make waves and certainly will not make a difference to either the U.S. or NATO member countries, particularly as the U.S. has an overwhelming number of military bases dotted around the world. Essentially, the one Russian naval base will be a drop in the ocean. Having said that, it will be highly significant incremental increase in Russian naval power, to have a warm water base to call in, a bit closer to the Indian Ocean, which will free the Russian Navy of a number of constraints:

  1. limited scope and length of dedicated maritime missions (e.g. Horn of Africa anti-piracy, Indian Ocean);
  2. limited inter-fleet missions across the board, (Northern, Black and Baltic Fleets)
  3. need or wish to call into Cyprus, Malta or Ceuta if the political situation doesn’t allow it;
  4. making unnecessary transit passages across the Mediterranean Sea to home ports.

The issue of a Russian warm water naval base has been mooted both by the Russian government and also other governments many times before for two decades, from discussions in 2002 for a presence in Djibouti, to an offer by the Somaliland government earlier in 2020.

The quest for a presence in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden region has regularly featured in news articles. After many years of rumours, tentative discussions & clickbait type of articles suggesting that Russia was going to create a naval base in various countries, (Lebanon, Libya, Mozambique, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela) finally some preliminary confirmation that the first candidate is in fact set to be Sudan.

The need for naval bases overseas started in earnest with the arrival of coal powered ships, with the development of strategic coaling stations for navies such as the UK, Germany and France. This then transformed into oil depots, logistics and maintenance bases. All of which ensures a wider footprint of naval power.

The Soviet Union was no exception to this rule, with a whole host of overseas bases in which to call in: from Cienfuegos, (Cuba), Egypt, Libya, Tartus (Syria), and also took over Cam Ranh from the U.S., 1979 – 2002 (Vietnam), amongst others. Some historical insights are given in this RT article. In particular, the Soviet Navy had a presence, in the Red Sea region for several decades, under the remit of the 8th Squadron:

Logistics bases: Berbera:1964 -1977 (Somalia); Dahlak:1977-1991 (Ethiopia)

Port or mooring locations: Al Hudaydah & Socotra (Yemen).

Other than Tartus, the Russian Navy does not currently have dedicated overseas bases. The creation of the Sudanese bases will thus the first new Russian base situated in Africa after the fall of the Soviet Union. By re-establishing a presence regionally, Russia will nevertheless have a tiny footprint compared to that of the U.S. Navy or even the PLA(N).

So why the Red Sea, firstly it is an internationally important transit for commercial traffic, notably oil and gas shipments (to Europe & the U.S.). To put this into context, according to the U.S. EIA: “In 2018, an estimated 6.2 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil, condensate, and refined petroleum products flowed through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait toward Europe, the United States, and Asia”

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=41073

Although the Russian LNG exports to Asia mostly to go through the Northern Sea Route, there are certain shipments of Russian oil and LNG that also transits through the Red Sea, especially in winter. Secondly, a significant amount of international container volumes passes through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Similarly, the Russian Navy in 2020 has escorted several ships connected to the Nord Stream 2 project. Although the pipe-laying vessel Akademik Cherskiy went round the cape of Good Hope (due the height of the crane), a Baltic Fleet based the Neustrashimyy-class frigate, the ‘Yaroslav Mudry’ was tasked with escorting it. Later, the SCF supply vessels Ostap Sheremet and Ivan Osipenko sailed via the Red Sea from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad, with apparently a Russian Navy escort too.

Thirdly, the Red Sea is also important for the likes of the US Navy, as a vital transit route to the Indian Ocean, (every aircraft carrier transit takes the Suez Canal).

On the whole I am not going to dwell more on why the Yemen, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait is of significance geopolitically, other to note that this has been extensively written about back in August.

Much in the same way as to why China stepped up their naval base footprint in Djibouti, this ensures that there is naval visibility close to the chokepoint of Bab el Mandeb, (given the significant Chinese maritime exports that also transit the Red Sea). Intriguingly, Djibouti is also home to the US Navy and French Navy.

With this global geopolitical tussle taking place, it is worth mentioning that at the end of October, the US Navy Secretary, Kenneth Braithwaite, suggested creating another “fleet closer to the border of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The proposed 1st Fleet could likely be based out of Singapore, to alleviate the operations of the 7th Fleet.

If the modest Russian naval base becomes operational, the Russian military will have better means of monitoring the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the as well enhance anti-piracy patrols in the north western part of the Indian Ocean. A military presence will somewhat also provide a potential counterbalance to Chinese military presence in the region. A Russian navy presence will potentially stymie further moves by Turkey to establish a presence in the Red Sea region. Turkey had signed an agreement in 2017 with Sudan to boost Turkish military and economic presence in Sudan, (principally in relation to Suakin island). The creation of a military base was subsequently rejected by the Sudanese government in 2019, largely due to positions taken in the Libyan conflict.

The base and ships

The plans for a naval base are still at a very initial stage and could go the same way as the 2017 Sudanese-Turkish military agreement, if the Sudanese government should scrap it. If the plans for the base do get achieved, it will need to be built from scratch and it will be capped to just 4 ships and 300 personnel. Of particular interest is that the likely base will be also capable of having nuclear-powered (surface?) vessels. Regardless of the eventual size of the port infrastructure, the importance rests with the fact that it is a first step in securing a logistics foothold in a busy sea route. The Port Sudan will be set up and operated in the same way as Tartus has been, with anti-sabotage boats (Raptors), air defence unit and repair workshops, (initially a floating ‘PM’ repair ship, but with time, better to have land-based workshops, given the limit of 4 ships).

Frequent visitors will be likely the auxiliary ships, in particular fleet tankers and ocean-going tugs that accompany the long-distance deployments. By having a resupply and logistics base in the Red Sea, the Russian Navy will be able to operate in the region and across the Indian Ocean more often. This latest move by Russia ties into a previous article written on Russian Navy presence in the Indian Ocean.

1.Enhance scope and length of dedicated maritime missions (e.g. Horn of Africa anti-piracy, Indian Ocean):

Crew exchanges can take place, routine maintenance can be done without having a ship returning to the Black or Baltic Sea for instance. Essentially, the Russian Navy will be able to do what the US Navy and Royal Navy have done for decades, but only to a limited extent.

2.Increase in inter-fleet missions across the board, (Northern, Black and Baltic Fleets) and thus the overall maturity of the Russian Navy:

Various units and ships will be able to operate jointly, without the need of having to call into Tartus or Sevastopol, thus breaking up the tempo of long-distance missions.

According to the agreement Russia will operate the base lease-free for an initial 25 years, however there will be infrastructure costs to pay. Additionally, Russia will undertake to provide military equipment at no cost and also provide training to the Sudanese military and help develop further the Sudanese navy. The Sudanese navy recently received a training ship from Russia, as part of 2019 bilateral defence agreements.

Likely infrequent visitors could be Moskva (Project 1164); anti-submarine destroyers, such as the Vice-Admiral Kulakov or Admiral Tributs, (Project 1155) as they have been the mainstay of anti-piracy & Indian Ocean missions in the recent past. Calling into a base for resupply would make Indian Ocean deployments much easier overall and also in a small measure extend the operational life of older ships. Nuclear powered missile cruisers such as ‘Pyotr Veliky’ and the ‘Admiral Nakhimov’ may also call in. Another aspect is that the latest Karakurt (or even at a push the Buyan class) ship could forward deploy from such a base, to potentially carry out anti-piracy missions, which is what they (the Karakurt class) were originally developed for. Naval commentors in the Wes have derided the transformation and modernisation of the Russian Navy into a small-ship fleet, yet the use of small bases such as Tartus and eventually port Sudan have amply demonstrated the wider and greater use of the smaller class of ships, especially the Kalibr carrying combat ships.

Deployment of such class of ships would not be as far-fetched as it seems, because this would enable the larger combat ships to go for longer periods farther away. Additionally, auxiliary ships such as intelligence gathering ships will be able to redeploy quickly and for longer in important areas such as the Arabian Sea or the Gulf for instance.

The development and active use of a base in the Red Sea is also a reflection of the growing maturity of the Russian Navy, still a tiny shadow of the Soviet Navy. The precedence has been set by the sustained activities of the 5th Mediterranean Squadron based out of Tartus. Although its remit and composition are actually quite small and localised in influence, the continued operations demonstrate quiet assertion of focused regional naval projection.

To summarise, the creation of a naval base in the Red Sea is another visible result from the re-establishment and operation of the 5th Squadron, as well as the trickle-down effect of long-distance missions that has been taking place in the last 5 years. The Russian Navy is modestly gaining confidence in increasing by a notch, single or double combat ship deployments further afield as well as their duration.

الجغرافيا السياسيّة للتطبيع – دور تركيّ في لبنان؟

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يعرف حكام الخليج أن التطبيع الذي جمعهم بكيان الاحتلال برابط مصيريّ لا ينبع من أي وجه من وجوه المصلحة لحكوماتهم ولبلادهم. فالتطبيع يرفع من درجة المخاطر ولا يخفضها إذا انطلقنا من التسليم بالقلق من مستقبل العلاقة مع إيران، والتطبيع مكاسب صافية لكيان الاحتلال اقتصادياً ومعنوياً وسياسياً وأمنياً، ولذلك فهم يعلمون أنهم قاموا بتسديد فاتورة أميركية لدعم كيان الاحتلال من رصيدهم وعلى حسابهم، ويحملون المخاطر الناجمة عن ذلك وحدهم، خصوصاً أن الأميركي الذي يمهد للانسحاب من المنطقة بمعزل عن تداعيات أزمات الانتخابات الرئاسية ونتائجها، ولذلك فقد تم إطعام حكام الخليج معادلات وهمية لبناء نظام إقليمي يشكل التطبيع ركيزته يحقق لهم توازن قوة يحميهم، فما هو هذا النظام الإقليمي وما هي الجغرافيا السياسية التي يسعى لخلقها؟

تبلورت خلال الأسابيع الماضية صورة الخرائط التي يسعى الأميركي لتسويقها كنواة للنظام الإقليمي الجديد عبر أربعة محاور، الأول محور البحر الأحمر الذي يضمّ مصر والسودان كشريكين في التطبيع، والثاني محور «الشام الجديد» الذي أعلن عنه كحلف أمنيّ اقتصاديّ يضمّ مصر والأردن والعراق، والثالث محور العبور ويضمّ الأردن والسلطة الفلسطينية، والرابع محور الطوق ويضمّ السلطة الفلسطينية والأردن والعراق، فيما يتولى كيان الاحتلال المشاغلة الأمنية لسورية والمقاومة، ويوضع لبنان تحت ضغط الأزمة الاقتصادية والسياسية والفشل الحكوميّ وضغوط ترسيم الحدود.

عملياً، يفقد النظام الإقليمي الموعود كل قيمة فعلية، إذا لم ينجح المحور الرابع الذي يتمثل بالسلطة الفلسطينية والأردن والعراق في الانضمام لخط المواجهة مع محور المقاومة، فالتعقيدات الفلسطينية أمام الجمع بين محور العبور أي حماية قوافل التطبيع العابرة من الكيان الى الخليج وبالعكس، ومحور الطوق الذي يراد منه عزل سورية، كبيرة جداً في ظل التبني الأميركي لخيارين بحدّ أعلى هو تصفية القضية الفلسطينية تحت عنوان مضامين صفقة القرن وحد أدنى هو التفاوض لأجل التفاوض من دون تقديم أي ضيغة قادرة على إنتاج تسوية يمكن قبولها وتسويقها فلسطينياً ويمكن قبولها وتسويقها إسرائيلياً، والأردن المثقل بضغوط القضية الفلسطينية من جهة وبالتشابك العالي ديمغرافياً واقتصادياً وأمنياً مع سورية معرض للانفجار بدوره في حلف عبور قوافل التطبيع في آن واحد، والعراق المطلوب فك ارتباطه العميق بإيران عبر نقل اعتماده على الغاز والكهرباء إلى مصر بدلاً من إيران، وإشراكه بحصار سورية رغم تشابك لا يقل عمقاً بينه وبينها ديمغرافياً واقتصادياً وأمنياً معرّض هو الآخر للانفجار تحت هذه الضغوط.

المشاغلة الإسرائيلية على جبهتي جنوب لبنان والجولان محاولة لرفع معنويات المدعوين للمشاركة في النظام الإقليمي الجديد، بأدوارهم الجديدة، والنجاح الأميركي بالضغط في لبنان وفي سورية يبدو قادراً على شل المبادرة على هاتين الجبهتين، لكن الأكيد أن لا تعديل في موازين القوى الميدانية التي تقلق كيان الاحتلال من جهة، ولا قدرة إسرائيلية على رفع المشاغلة الى درجة الحرب. والأميركي الذي يريد هذا النظام الإقليمي بديلاً لوجوده تمهيداً للانسحاب ليس بوارد هذه الحرب، وتجميد لبنان تحت الضغوط الأميركية يشكل مصدر استنزاف وإرباك للمقاومة، لكنه لا يعدل في مصادر قوتها ولا يعدل في مواقفها، ومزيد من الضغوط المالية والانسداد السياسي سيذهب بلبنان للانفجار وفتح الباب لخيارات تُخرج الوضع عن السيطرة.

التحدي هو في ما سيحدث عندما ينسحب الأميركيون، حيث سينهار البناء الذي يراهن عليه الأميركيون، ويتداعى وضع الأردن والسلطة الفلسطينية والحكومة العراقيّة، ويعود الوضع الى معادلة حرب كبرى لا قيمة لها من دون مشاركة أميركية في ظل العجز الإسرائيلي عن تحمل تبعاتها، أو تسوية أميركية مع محور المقاومة تبدأ من العودة للتفاهم النووي الإيراني، يصير معه ثنائي حكام الخليج وكيان الاحتلال على ضفة الخاسرين ويبدأ المدعوون للانضمام للنظام الإقليمي الحامي للتطبيع بالانسحاب هرباً من شراكة الخسائر.

جغرافيا سياسية ونظام إقليميّ على الورق ستعيش شهوراً قليلة… وتخبزوا بالأفراح.

دور تركيّ في لبنان؟

السياسات الأميركيّة التي تدخل مرحلة التخبّط والمغامرات الخطرة قبل أن تتبلور معالم سياسة جديدة مستقرة تشكل فجوة استراتيجية تتسابق على محاولات تعبئتها القوى الإقليمية التي تحمل مشاريعها المتضاربة تحت سقف السياسات الأميركية، بينما القوى المناوئة لهذه السياسات تئن تحت ضغط الأزمات والعقوبات، لكنها ثابتة على إنجازاتها من جهة، وتترقّب التطوّرات وتسابق المتنافسين على ملء الفراغ من جهة أخرى.

في سورية ولبنان وفلسطين والعراق واليمن ساحات مواجهة بين محور المقاومة وأميركا، وعلى الضفة الأميركيّة من جهة كيان الاحتلال المنخرط في حلف مع دول الخليج، ومن جهة مقابلة النظام التركيّ، لكن في ليبيا مواجهة بين الضفتين الخليجية والتركية، حيث الحلف الخليجي مدعوم بصورة مباشرة من مصر وفرنسا، بينما نجحت تركيا بتظهير حركتها كقوة دعم لموقع روسيا في حرب أنابيب الغاز الدائرة في المتوسط.

في لبنان حاولت فرنسا تظهير مساحة مختلفة عن الحركة الأميركيّة، لكن سرعان ما بدت الحركة الفرنسية تحت السيطرة، وبدا ان مشروع الحكومة الجديدة معلق على حبال الخطط الأميركية للضغط على لبنان سواء في ملف ترسيم الحدود البحرية أو في كل ما يتصل بعناصر قوة لبنان بوجه كيان الاحتلال.

الحلف الخليجيّ الفرنسيّ يبدو رغم تمايز بعض مواقف اطرافه تجاه حزب الله بالنسبة لفرنسا وتجاه سورية بالنسبة للإمارات والبحرين يبدو عاجزاً عن تخطي التمايز الشكلي، بينما نجح الأتراك في أزمتي ليبيا وناغورني قره باغ بتثبيت مواقعهم وفرض التراجع على الثنائي الخليجي الفرنسي، كما نجحوا باستمالة روسيا إلى تقديم التغطية لحركتهم وقطف ثمار الاستثمار تحت سقف الدور الروسي المتعاظم في المنطقة والعالم.

لبنان اليوم في العين التركية وبيدها بعض المال القطري والدعوات لزيارات تركيا وقطر تطال سياسيين وإعلاميين، ومحور المقاومة لم يفتح الباب لمناقشة عرض تركيّ يطال مقايضة دور في لبنان والعراق مقابل تنازلات تركية في سورية فهل ينجح الأتراك باستغلال الطريق المسدود للفرصة التي فتحت لفرنسا وفشلت بالإفادة منها بسبب خضوعها للسقوف الأميركية؟

تركيا وراء الباب طالما المعروض فرنسياً هو استتباع لبنان للسياسات الأميركية بحكومة تنفذ دفتر الشروط الأميركي، وفيه ترسيم الحدود لصالح كيان الاحتلال، والسياسة الخليجية في العراق مشروع فتنة مذهبيّة لاستتباع العراق لخطة التطبيع عبر ثلاثي مصري أردني عراقي يخدم مشروع التطبيع ويحميه ويحاصر سورية، والأتراك ينتبهون لتطلّع روسيا بحذر نحو ملف الغاز اللبناني وموقعه من حرب الأنابيب القائمة في المنطقة ولموقع العراق واتفاقات التسليح التي وقعها العراق مع روسيا وانقلبت عليها الحكومة الجديدة أسوة بالانقلاب على الاتفاق الاقتصاديّ مع الصين!

Expert explains Yemen’s global strategic value & why US/Saudis want it

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An expert on Yemen, Hassan Shaaban, explains the global strategic importance of Yemen and its Bab al-Mandeb waterway, and thus underlines the motives of the American-Saudi military campaign in the impoverished country.

Source: Al-Manar TV via Kalam Siyasi (YouTube Channel)

Date: Oct 25, 2020

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Hassan Shaaban, Expert in Yemeni Affairs:

Ever since the bourgeoisie – which originated in Europe right after the fall of the feudal system – decided to colonize the (rest of the) world; extract its wealth; gain control over its (natural) resources; and turn its people into consuming animals; ever since that moment, the Western political psyche, which believes in power-based realism, has come to target every country that stands in its way, and every country that has any degree of influence.

Yemen is situated here, (next to) the Bab al-Mandeb (Strait). (This Strait) is located in a (strategically) vital region. 60% of Europe’s energy supply and one eighth of the global economy flows through (it). Millions of barrels of oil pass through (Bab al-Mandeb) every day.

You are talking about a country that has a grip over (the movement of trade) anywhere in the world, in any region of the world. (For that same reason), the British dug the Suez Canal to form a (direct shipping) route to India and Asia.

Well, Bab al-Mandab is naturally created by God. Britain paid a fortune to build the Suez Canal, and Egypt sacrificed the lives of thousands of its people who died during its construction. (Thus, imagine) how much (the West) is willing to sacrifice to (gain control over) Bab al-Mandeb?

Which (countries) are located near the Bab al-Mandab (Strait). What countries border this (connecting) canal and this line that links Bab al-Mandab to the Suez Canal and the Red Sea?

(First, there is) Saudi Arabia, the Arab Zionist entity that mirrors the Israeli Zionist entity and has a significant influence (in the region).

Host:

We will talk about the benefits that Saudi Arabia (would gain from controlling the Strait)…

Shaaban:

(Second), there is Egypt, historically the oldest and most powerful Arab state. Third, we have Sudan, the richest (in natural resources) and the largest country at some point in history.

Host:

The country that was split, they managed to partition it…

Shaaban:

And here (pointing to the location on the map) are Eritrea, Ethiopia – which used to border the Red Sea – Somalia and Djibouti..

Well, what is there in the Red Sea? Go back to what (Israeli) Zionists have written about the significance of this Sea. Did you know – I am  sure you do – that Eilat (a port city), known as “Umm Al-Rashrash” (in Arabic), is Israel’s only maritime outlet towards Asia? Linking (Israel) to the Red Sea – or as some Israeli strategists call it, “Lake David”, this outlet is vital for the survival of the (Israeli) Zionist entity.

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Look at the incredible location of Yemen. The Yemeni coastline stretches for around 1,900 miles, equivalent to 2,400 or 2,500 km along the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.  

Host:

That is 2,500 km along the two seas.

Shaaban:

Yes, (equivalent to) around 1,900 miles.

Did you know that successive Yemeni governments did not form a naval military power despite the important and strategic location of Yemen along the sea?

Host:

What is the reason for that? Why?

Shaaban:

The reason goes back to Yemeni political decision-making…

 Host:

(Decision-making) controlled by the US?…

Shaaban:

(Nods his head) (The absence of a naval force) was an order. When the martyr Yemeni president Ibrahim al-Hamdi came to power in the 1970s, when he started planning and called a conference to discuss the security of the Red Sea, he was assassinated, he was murdered. And the party responsible for the assassination was Saudi Arabia.

The vital location (of Yemen) is significantly important for the colonially-created Gulf entities , and for the (Israeli) Zionist entity, which represents probably the West’s largest global investment. (Yemen) overlooks all of Asia all the way to China, and has this huge region (east Africa) within its reach. (In other words), (Yemen) is (in the region) where Asia and Africa meet. This is where Yemen is located.


Host
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Do you mean that having control over the Bab al-Mandeb (Strait) is equivalent to having control over global trade (between) continents?

Shaaban:

Yes. It (also) means having control over the strait classified as the third most important worldwide.

Host:

What does the control over the Bab al-Mandeb Strait mean?

Shaaban:

As you have just mentioned in the report, having control over the Bab al-Mandab (Strait) means having control over the movement of the world’s economy, global oil transportation, and the route connecting Europe to India and China, and thereby to Asia. Even if we turn the opposite way, and focus on China and the port that it is trying to build in Pakistan in order to extend its maritime reach, (we will see that…)

Host:

(…that the route) will pass through Yemen and the (Bab al-Mandeb) Strait.

Shaaban:

It is a must. (China’s) “Belt and Road Initiative” passes through (the Strait).

Host:

China’s strategic project will only be completed if…

Shaaban:

(If) it goes through Bab al-Mandeb. Let me tell you something about Bab al-Mandeb. If you zoom in on it, you will see an island that divides it into…

Host:

(into) two channels…

Shaaban:

Exactly. The first (channel) is next to Djibouti, and is not suitable for deep-sea shipping. The other (channel) is about 12 km (in width) on the Yemeni (side). Yes, it is subject to international law, but it falls under Yemen’s sovereignty. (Not to mention that) it is the only channel (among the two) that is navigable. Therefore, what you called the bottleneck is the Yemeni (side of) Bab al-Mandeb.

Host:

The Yemeni (Bab al-Mandeb) not the Djiboutian for example..

Shaaban:

Exactly. Accordingly, if you also take into account (the importance of) Socotra and the group of islands. For example, look, roughly in this region, above Bab al-Mandab, there are groups of islands such as Zuqar, Perim and Hanish. In fact, the Hanish Islands have always been under dispute between Eritrea and Yemen. A confrontation (between the two countries) took place in the nineties because of this issue. The mountain in Zuqar Island rises to 600 meters, or approximately 624 meters. Do you know what this means?

Host:

It means that it overlooks the whole region..

Shaaban:

What if I told you that there are Israeli military bases in Eritrea? There are corvettes and naval vessels navigating in the Red Sea. They are docked at Eretria. What if I told you that there is a French military base in Djibouti, and an American military presence as well?

Host:

There is also a Chinese military base in Djibouti.

Shaaban:

I am going get to that (topic). Djibouti was established only to be rented like hotel. The US, Israel and other countries maintain (military) presences in Somalia. If you go up towards Sudan, you would notice that the Turks recently entered the sea area. The whole world is fighting over this area.

Then in 2014, the Yemenis, despite all that we have talked about, started a revolution, i.e. the revolution of September 21, 2014 under the leadership of Sayyed Abdulmalik Badr al-Din al-Houthi. Sayyed Abdulmalik, who forms (a strong) leadership, project and vision said: “Yemen will not be divided into regions”. Notice that after they (Saudi-led coalition) divided Mahra, Socotra, Abyan – I think – and Hadramout, (Ansarullah) brought them together as one region. In other words, Saudi Arabia wanted (to gain control over) some regions. However, this great Yemeni leader (Sayyed Abdulmalik) came and said: “we will not allow this”.  Saudi Arabia said…

Host:

The question we are seeking to answer is: “why did they wage a war (on Yemen)? Why did they start an aggression against Yemen?”

Shaaban:

Yes. Saudi Arabia said that it wants to (build) an oil pipeline that will pass through here. Furthermore, a Saudi magazine once wrote about (building) a marine channel that will also pass through Hadramout, thus connecting Saudi Arabia to the Arabian Sea. Here is the Indian Ocean and here is the Arabian Sea. What is the idea? Saudi Arabia, and others parties hiding behind it, want to avoid (the Strait of) Hormuz (controlled by) Iran, the great power that they cannot clash with. The solution for (Saudi Arabia) is to flee to the South (to Bab al-Mandeb).

Therefore, unlike what the (Saudis) say, their war in Yemen is not a war against Iran, it is a war to get away from Iran’s influence over the Strait of Hormuz. But unfortunately for them, there is a large force in Yemen called “Ansarullah”, a force with national vision unlike what they try to portray. (Ansarullah forces) have a Yemeni national project. They want to preserve the unity (in Yemen), the unity that the Emirates wants to destroy by dividing (the country). We can get into more details (about that) later. The Yemeni revolution led by Sayyed Abdulmalik gained influence and control over Ma’rib and the channels that we talked about, and thereby saying that “Yemen will not be any country’s backyard”. Yemen is not a territory that anyone can manipulate. It is an independent, sovereign state that has policies, that has the right to be present in this strategic region of the world.

How did (Saudi Arabia and its allies) perceive this issue? They believe that these Yemeni forces (Ansarullah), in one way or another, serve the interest of the Islamic Republic (of Iran) because they do not support America, they do not support Israel, nor are they tools like the (leaders who governed) before the (2014) revolution, before Sayyed Abdulmalik, before Sayyed Hussein’s project, the Quranic project based on the Quranic path.  They are not tools. They are not venal. They do not accept bribes as did many politicians who historically controlled Yemen’s political decision-making.

They will not be assassinated like they assassinated the martyr (President Ibrahim) al-Hamdi, even if they assassinated Sayyed Hussein (al-Houthi). The assassin of Sayyed Hussein got the order directly from these countries (Saudi Arabia and its allies), (who ordered the killing) of Sayyed Hussein because he chanted the slogan: “Death to America, Death to Israel”. What does “Death to America, Death to Israel “mean? (It means) death to the interests of those (who govern) this region of the world, death to their entities in this region of the world, death to their policy in this region of the world, and life to Yemen.

When Sayyed (Hussein al-Houthi) came up with the strategic slogan of Ansarullah, i.e. “Victory to Islam”, (he meant) the Islam that represents the identity and the independence of a nation. Yes, in this case, Yemen with its (strategic) geographical location and its rich history turned into a strategic political project. (Therefore,) it was necessary for (Saudi Arabia and its allies) to wage a war, to start this aggression. It was necessary for them to do what they are currently doing.

Host:

It was also a must for Ansarullah to fight them.

Shaaban:

(They fought) in defense (against the Saudi aggression)

Host:

We will show the outcomes of the (Saudi) aggression (on Yemen) in a quick report, then we will continue…

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كان متوقعاً ان يرتفع عديد الدول العربية والإسلامية الذاهبة الى التطبيع الكامل مع الكيان الإسرائيلي ليسجل ارقاماً كبيرة بعد مرحلة الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية مباشرة.

انتهت هذه الانتخابات الى غير المرتجى منها، لان القائد الأميركي للتطبيع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب خسرها، محاولاً تفجير الداخل الاجتماعي الأميركي باستثارة العصبيات العرقية والدينية والجهوية والطبقيّة آملاً الدفع نحو فوضى شعبية داخلية، قد تبقيه حسب ما يعتقد رئيساً لمدة اضافية طويلة.

لم يكتف هذا السعار الترامبي بهذا القدر من التوتير، فكلَّف فريقاً من المحامين والقضاة والمتخصصين بدهاليز الانتخابات بتقديم اعتراضات للمحاكم متهماً فيها منافسه الفائز جو بايدن بتزويرها، بمشاركة حزبه الديموقراطية.

إلا أن حظوظ ترامب في هذا المسار باتت في قلب الإفلاس ولن يتأخر طويلاً عن هزيمته لا سيما أن هناك شبه اعتراف سياسي داخلي أميركي بفوز بايدن وإقرار عالمي بذلك.

المسألة إذاً لن تطول أكثر من كانون الثاني المقبل حيث يشهد العالم التسلم والتسليم بين رئيسين أحدهما مهزوم والآخر منتصر، لكنهما لا يختلفان على المشروع المنحصر بتأمين أكبر قدر ممكن من النفوذ الأميركي العالمي، بل يتباينان في الأساليب المعتمدة.

إن تداعيات هذه الأساليب ترمي عادة برذاذها على العالم بأسره، لما للأميركيين من نفوذ عميق، اقتصادي وعسكري وسياسي وثقافي يشمل كافة الدول، لكنه يُمسك بشكل أكثر فاعلية الدول الضعيفة سياسياً والقوية بإمكاناتها الاقتصادية.

واحدة من هذه المناطق هي الدول العربية التي تشكل منذ تأسيسها المصطنع في النصف الاول من القرن العشرين، مجرّد آليات، صنعها الاستعمار البريطاني والفرنسي، لإدارة مناطق تختزن نفطاً وغازاً ومواقع استراتيجية وقدرة على الاستهلاك لأنها لا تصنع شيئاً.

كانت الاستراتيجية الأميركية بالتعامل مع هذه المنطقة تقدم على دعم الأنظمة العربية في وجه شعوبها على اساس الإمساك بالتاريخ ضمن القرون الوسطى، اما على مستوى الخطر الخارجي، فهو غير موجود لأن هذه الأنظمة تشكل حتى اليوم جزءاً من الجيوبولتيك الأميركي الذي لم يتجرأ أحد على مهاجمته في أي من مناطق نفوذه. باستثناء إيران التي تدافع عن نفسها وتحالفاتها في الإقليم لمنع الأميركيين من إلحاقهم بالقرون الوسطى.

هذا الرئيس المهزوم ترامب ذهب بعيداً في أساليبه في المنطقة العربية، مرغماً الإمارات والبحرين والسودان على التطبيع مع «إسرائيل» في إطار خطبة تدريجيّة كانت تضم السعودية وباكستان والمغرب وجزر القمر وقطر وعمان.

هناك سببان يضعان خطة ترامب في حجر زمنيّ قابل للتدمير، الأول هو باكستان التي فاجأ رئيسها عمران خان الأميركيين والسعوديين معاً برفض أي تطبيع لبلاده مع الكيان الإسرائيلي، مؤكداً أن هذا الأمر لا يتحقق إلا بعد إنشاء دولة فلسطينية، وقبول الفلسطينيين بها.

ألا يشكل هذا الموقف صفعة لترامب شخصياً وسياسته المطبقة في الشرق الأوسط، موجّهاً في الوقت نفسه ركلة لكل عرب التطبيع في الإمارات والبحرين والسودان، ومسدداً في العمق ضرباً مبرحاً لأداة الضغط الأساسية في العالم الإسلامي وهي السعودية، التي توزع الرشى والتحشيد من اجل دفع العرب والدول الإسلامية نحو التطبيع.

عمران خان اذاً بطل في زمن محنة، ولأنه استثنائي فلم يُعِرْه الاعلام الغربي أي أهمية مكتفياً بعرض موقفه بشكل موجز وهذا يشمل أيضاً الاعلام العربي، وإعلام المقاومة!!

لجهة السبب الثاني فهو فشل ترامب في الانتخابات الرئاسية، وهذا يعني ظهور أساليب أميركيّة جديدة خاصة بالرئيس بايدن الفائز وحزبه الديموقراطي.

لماذا هذا التغيير في الأساليب الأميركية في الشرق الأوسط العربي أكثر من ضرورة؟

عندما بدأ ترامب رئاسته في 2016، كانت المنطقة العربية، ملتهبة بمئات آلاف الإرهابيين تضرب الدول في المدن والقرى وتحاصر الانظمة السياسية في عواصمها.

لقد ورث ترامب هذه المميزات عن السياسة الأميركية التي دعمت هذا الإرهاب منذ 1990، ووضعت في ذلك التاريخ مشروع الشرق الأوسط الكبير، لذلك استعمل هذه المميزات في خطة فرض التطبيع العربي مع «إسرائيل». لكن ما يجري اليوم أصبح مختلفاً لأن هذا المشروع الأميركي متراجع بشكل كبير، ويتسلم بايدن الحكم في ظل موازنات جديدة في إطار الصراع على القطبية العالمية. فالصين لا تنفك تصعد فيما تُمسك روسيا بمنزلة أقوى قوة عسكرية تقليدية ونووية، هذا بالاضافة إلى أن الاقتصاد الأميركي لا ينفكّ يسجل الخسائر المتصاعدة، بسبب المنافسات الدولية من جهة والكورونا من جهة ثانية، والتي تسببت بضمور كبير في التفاعلات الاقتصاديّة.

هذا يعني أن بايدن متّجه الى تبني أساليب بعيدة عن نهج ترامب القتالي غير المحترف والغوغائي.

فبايدن بحاجة الى التخفيف من الصراعات العسكرية والسياسية لمصلحة جذب عناصر اقتصادية من الخارج بوسعها ترميم اقتصاده الأميركي المتعثر وكبح الصعود الصيني ـ الروسي. بنظام تحالفات جديد يضيف على ما يسيطر عليه الأميركيون حالياً.

هذا يؤشر الى إمكانية أميركية لتعامل جديد مع ايران التي برهنت أنها قوة أساسية في الشرق الأوسط، وذلك لأنها تمسك بالموقع الاستراتيجي ومعظم موارد الثروة والنفوذ السياسي في الإقليم.

فهل هذا ممكن؟

هذا ممكن، إذا توقف الأميركيون عن مسلسل الضغط من أجل التطبيع مع الانسحاب من العراق وسورية وفك الحصار عن إيران.

انها العناوين المقبلة للحوار المفترض الأميركي ـ الإيراني الذي قد يؤدي الى أساليب أميركية جديدة تعمل ايضاً من اجل المصالح الأميركية، الأحادية انما من خلال اساليب مختلفة جذرياً من أساليب البائد ترامب التزاماً فقط بموازنات القوى الجديدة.

RUSSIA RETURNS TO POWER GAME IN RED AND ARABIAN SEAS

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For the first time since the collapse of the USSR, Russia is establishing a naval base close to vital maritime supply lines.

The Russian government revealed on November 11 that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a draft agreement on creating a naval logistics base in Sudan and gave instructions to submit a proposal to the president on signing the document.  The draft deal was submitted by the Defense Ministry, approved by the Foreign Ministry, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Investigative Committee of Russia and was preliminarily agreed to by the Sudanese side.

According to the agreement, the Russian Navy’s logistics facility in Sudan “meets the goals of maintaining peace and stability in the region, is defensive and is not aimed against other countries.” The base can be used for carrying out repairs and replenishing supplies and for the crewmembers of Russian naval ships to have a rest. The logistics base is expected to embrace the coastal, water and mooring areas.” The Sudanese side has the right to use the mooring area upon agreement with the authorized body of the Russian side,” the document reads.

The text says that a maximum of four warships may stay at the naval logistics base, including “naval ships with a nuclear propulsion system on condition of observing nuclear and environmental safety norms.” Also, Russia will reportedly deliver weapons and military hardware to Sudan in order maintain the air defense of the Port Sudan area, where the Russian naval facility would be located.

The military-technical and security cooperation between Russia and Sudan has significantly increased since 2017. The creation of the Russian naval base there is a logical step to develop this cooperation. It should be noted that the Russian base in Syria’s Tartus also had the name of a ‘logistical facility’ before it was transformed into a fully-fledged naval base.

If this project is fully implemented, this will contribute to the rapid growth of Russian influence in Africa. Russian naval forces will also be able to increase their presence in the Red Sea and in the area between the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman. Both of these areas are the core of the current maritime energy supply routes. The naval facility will allow Russians to resupply their naval group in the region more effectively and increase the strength of their forces. For example, at least one Russian naval group regularly operates as a part of the anti-piracy mission near Somalia and in the Indian Ocean in general.

The new base will also serve as a foothold of Russia in the case of a standoff with naval forces of NATO member states that actively use their military infrastructure in Djibouti to project power in the region. The increased presence of the Russians in the Red Sea is also a factor that could affect the Saudi-Houthi conflict. If the Russian side opts to indirectly support the Iranian-Houthi coalition, the situation for the Saudi Kingdom will become even more complicated. Its operations to block and pressure the Houthi-controlled port of al-Hudaydah would become much less effective.

It is expected that the United States (regardless of the administration in the White House) will try to prevent the Russian expansion in the region at any cost. For an active foreign policy of Russia, the creation of the naval facility in Sudan surpasses all public and clandestine actions in Libya in recent years. From the point of view of protecting Russian national interests in the Global Oceans, this step is even more important than the creation of the permanent air and naval bases in Syria.

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One ‘NO’ Instead of Three! Sudanese Against Normalization

One ‘NO’ Instead of Three! Sudanese Against Normalization

By Zeinab Abdallah

Beirut – News would read that Egypt and Jordan were the first to normalize ties with the enemy of the Arab and Muslim nation, and were then followed by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

No! It is not the right way to report this particular ‘achievement’. It was the regime in each of Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan that started cozying up with the occupying regime. When it comes to peoples, they are not the same as their governors.

Peoples are usually blamed for what their rulers commit. However, it is certain for those who refuse to submit that they are capable of making the change despite the ruler’s will. Those people who reject humiliation and submission are ready to clean up the dirt they were forced to be covered with, and reverse the conspiracies made by their heads of states.

Those same peoples are ready to pay their lives for the freedom of Palestine. They are motivated by Muslim’s first Qibla, the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

Commenting on the Sudanese regime’s normalization with the ‘Israeli’ entity, Deputy Head of [Reform] al-Islah Now Party, and former Sudanese minister Hassan Rizk emphasized that Sudan has been backing the Palestinian cause since 1948, had fought next to the Palestinians and Arabs in all their wars.

It was Sudan that unified the nation and raised the three No’s against peace, recognition and negotiations with ‘Israel’, he added. His comment comes in reference to the fourth Arab League summit that was held in Khartoum on August 29, 1967.

The summit took place in wake of the Arab defeat against the Zionist military in the same year, and it came up with the famous Khartoum Resolution that provides three No’s: No peace with ‘Israel’, no recognition of ‘Israel,’ and no negotiations with ‘Israel’ unless everybody’s right is returned.

Rizk referred to this event as historic and made by great leaders such as al-Mahjoub and al-Azhari, however, he explained: “After 72 years of steadfastness and challenge, there came weak leaders who wasted the cause, followed the collaborators and the colonials, and sold the al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestine, and the nation’s dignity.”

Adding that the normalizers will remain with the Arab nation’s betrayers, the former minister stressed that the Sudanese people won’t abandon their principles, but will definitely abandon their betrayers: “We will keep defending Palestine, its lands, and people, and we will be the first to liberate and enter the al-Aqsa Mosque at the end of the day.”

Mr. Rizk made clear that there isn’t any advantage from normalizing ties with the Zionist enemy, explaining that it was tried previously by other Arab and Muslim nations which didn’t achieve anything. “After Camp David, we lost the African nations that were supporting Palestine and boycotting the occupation entity. Those countries normalized ties and became markets for the enemy.”

The Sudanese minister elaborated on the repercussions of the normalization harming those who were stuck in its mud, recalling how Egypt has lost its agriculture, health, security and leadership, and how the Palestinians have lost their unity, arms, and a lot of lands, not to mention their loss of al-Quds, the construction of settlements, razing their houses, and killing and detaining their women and children.

Rizk underscored that the lack of advantage is also applied for Jordan, Mauritania, Central Africa, Eritrea, and South Sudan… among the many countries that normalized ties with the occupation entity. He then added that the ‘Israelis’ are cheap and don’t pay for the favors made for them.

For his part, member of the General Secretariat of the Arab and Islamic Gathering in Support of the Choice of Resistance, and Sudan branch coordinator, Mr. Idriss Abdul Qadir Ayess stressed that Sudan didn’t stop being the reservoir for anti-Zionist enemy rallies, noting, however, that the ruling regime has stabbed the people in  the back, fallen in the arms of the Gulf states and operated upon their orders. He then outlined that this is rejected by the people although the stance of the transitional government has affected a noticeable part of the people.

Therefore, the Islamic researcher and political activist says: “We find that the Sudanese people today are divided due to the crumpling economy. Most of them believe that it is due to the American blockade and sanctions against the nation; however, they still believe that the Palestinian cause is the main reason to resist normalization.”

Mr. Ayess added that most of the Sudanese people are resisting and rejecting normalization, citing the general gatherings made against normalization and the people’s rejection and embarrassment of this step as an example.

Commenting on the country’s opposition groups, the Sudanese political activist considered that the “Islah” Party is unheard among the people because its symbols have participated in Omar al-Bashir’s government, explaining why they are not listened to by the people.

Relatively, he noted that the anti-normalization individuals today are working strongly to make the government retreat its step through media, popular, and legal pressure. He then reiterated that the people of Sudan won’t submit to the regime’s normalization, will reject it in all means, won’t abandon Palestine and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The people will strongly operate to put the government in front of two choices. The first is that the government retreats its heinous step, and the other is to topple it,” he added.

Between the two choices stand the only “NO” that sums up the ultimate rejection of any relationship with the occupier of Palestine. There is no need to three No’s! Only one “NO for normalization” is sufficient to save the nation from this disappointment and unite it behind the first and last cause: Palestine!

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Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi: Macron Is Nothing But Puppet of Jewish Zionists

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The leader of the revolution, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, said that the Islamic nation today is fraught with problems and crises, and the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday should be a station to face these challenges.

In his speech on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed birthday (PBUH), Sayyed Abdulmalik added that the cause of all the major problems and corruption that our nation and human society suffer from is the deviation from the Prophet’s message.

Regarding the French insult to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the position of the French President Emmanuel Macron towards Islam, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi said: Macron is nothing but a puppet of the Jewish Zionists, and they push him to insult Islam and the Messenger (PBUH).

The leader stressed that the tyrants US, Israel and their alliance are an extension of the distortion of the straight path, adding that the Western regime that permits insulting God and prophets, and prevents unveiling the plots of the Zionist Jews, is a witness to the control of the Zionist lobby over Western regimes and media.

Regarding the issue of normalization and between some Arab countries with the Zionist entity, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi explained that declaring these deals is a betrayal and participating with enemies to target the nation.

He added that the Saudi authorities allowed the Jews flights while besieging the Yemeni people and imprisoning the free Palestinian people only because of their rightful stance against the Israeli enemy. He added that the Saudi, Emirati, Al Khalifa and the Sudanese regimes are partners with US and Israel in their plots.

About the assassination of the Minister Hassan Zaid, Sayyed Al-Houthi describes it as brutal, holding the Saudi aggression coalition responsible for the crime.

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Hezbollah Slams Political, Ethical Collapse of Sudan Regime into the Swamp of Normalization, Betrayal

Hezbollah Slams Political, Ethical Collapse of Sudan Regime into the Swamp of Normalization, Betrayal

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

Translated by Staff

Hezbollah issued the following statement:

Hezbollah condemns the political and ethical collapse of the ruing authority in Sudan into the swamp of betrayal and normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy, which was preceded by several Arab states.

“We believe that such treacherous step at the disposal of the Zionist enemy and the United States in exchange of cheap and silly prices will lead to the quick collapse of this authority in front of the honorable Sudanese people and its vital forces, and its ancient history of struggling will topple this decision and its effects,” the statement read.

Hezbollah further hailed the activities, gatherings and protests organized by the Sudanese people, parties and free figures in rejection of normalization with the enemy.

The statement concluded that “some Arab states’ treacherous behavior and normalization with the Zionist enemy won’t affect the Palestinian people’s determination, nor the resistance movements in the region, and their adherence to the rejection of this enemy and all kinds of normalization, as well as adhering to resistance until liberating Palestine entirely.”

Netanyahu Boasts Overthrowing Sudan’s 3 No’s, MBS to Normalize Saudi Ties with ‘Israel’ if Trump Re-elected

Calling the US-brokered agreement between Israel and Sudan an “incredible transformation”, the Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted overthrowing the three No’s of Sudan announced in 1967.

“In Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in 1967 the Arab League adopted it’s three ‘No’s’: ‘No to peace with Israel, no to recognition of Israel and no to negotiations with Israel.’”

“But today Khartoum has said, ‘yes to peace with Israel, yes to recognition of Israel and yes to normalization with Israel.’ This is a new era. An era of true peace. A peace that is expanding with other Arab countries – with three of them joining in recent weeks,” the Israeli premier continued.

Meanwhile, the Zionist circles stressed that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, is the main contributor to the process of Arab normalization with ‘Israel’, adding that he has not stopped receiving Israeli delegations.

Saudi is hiding its strong tendency to normalize ties with the Zionist entity behind the rush of a number of other Arab states to do that, according to the Zionist circles which added that MBS will vigorously move to sign a ‘peace’ agreement with ‘Israel’.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Failed Saudi War

The Failed Saudi War

By Ahmed Fouad

Throughout history – from the ancient empires and the priests of the pharaohs, to modern times, via pictures and screens – countries and regimes worldwide have been striving to justify the wars they wage and give various reasons for resorting to arms, as well as, trying to mark every single fault of their enemy, giving their soldiers and officials the grounds for heroism.

Inside and outside Yemen, the hopeless Saudi-American war is marching towards its sixth year, with an unprecedented intention to a bloody failure and complete fall. Saudi Arabia and its allies are increasing their craziness, trying to divert attention from the crimes against humanity by committing more horrible crimes. The pretext here is: national security, the concept that Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Cairo are always hanging on to. They are all fighting Yemenis to protect their national security while they are groveling to Netanyahu! The war against Yemen is the same as any war that happened in history; not more than leaders seeking a “monumental” and peerless military achievement that would legitimize their victory. During a historical crisis that all Arabic regimes are experiencing, the Zionist entity became their friend, ally and brother, in the face of people who are materially the poorest in the Arab Region and Arabian Peninsula.

Starting with the western media, the American primarily and the European secondly, Gulf regimes fought the first battle, led by bin Zayed and bin Salman, to buy consciences and stances, succeeding to make the war against Yemen tenable through the world. It wasn’t harder in the Arab World as Qatar joined them with its channels at the beginning of the war, then it encouraged other countries such as Egypt and Sudan to join the alliance.

At the beginning of the war, more than 5 years ago, all stances were ready to be sold, and the money of Al Saud and Al Zayed was ready to buy them. They succeeded to mark their missiles, tanks and warships by “morality” and direct them towards a defenseless nation.

The leadership of the aggression alliance achieved what appeared to be the media victory, in the inauguration of its military campaign against Yemen. All voices that had been opposing the war were silent, or silenced.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates tried so hard to conceal their intervention in Yemen using the moral cover in a region which, looking at everyone and everything in it, seems like a slaughterhouse. No matter how much they might try to beautify themselves, they will never seem peaceful. As it proceeded, the war continued to exhaust the capacity of the two states, which everyone thought endless.

As the years went by, Saudi Arabia squandered its affluent treasury, including the wealth and capacities, for the sake of the alliance and the Arab fascist regimes, and it didn’t stop squandering in the fear of a remarkable Yemeni victory that would firstly deprive it from the opportunity of enthroning the heir presumptive; secondly give Yemen the opportunity of looking at historical demands concerning regions that the Yemenis consider to be unfairly taken from them in earlier stages; and most significantly, grant Yemen the ability to demonstrate its powerful model that just beat all the Gulf states.

The Saudi treasury, that today seems to be in miserable conditions, is deepening the woes of Al Saud. Just before the war against Yemen, at the end of 2014, all the external debts owed by the SA were around $12 billion, worth nothing for the world’s richest state.

Only 5 years later, these debts increased by 1400%, according to data from the World Bank, which unmasked a record high in the debts owed by Saudi Arabia that reached $150 billion in 2018, then $183 billion at the end of 2019, and it goes on and on. It is the Yemeni victory, not the defeat of Saudi Arabia that would haunt rulers in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

As the war progressed, the Gulf media failed, in parallel with the military failure, to continue marshalling opinions that convict Yemenis and their armed forces. The available pictures of mass destruction in Yemen shows the scale of the Arab crime, whether by contributing or staying silent. International actors finally started to draw attention by sharing chilling reports about the humanitarian situation in all Yemeni regions. Nothing could be more evident than the UNICEF’s report concerning the disaster, as it says that “Every single hour, a mother and 6 children are killed throughout Yemen, and because of the maritime and airborne barbaric blockades of Yemen by the alliance, health services have completely collapsed, and it is difficult to obtain medical supplies or buy and import medicine and equipment!”

Since the war has been prolonged, it is obviously an end in itself. It uses the importation of arms, in a region that doesn’t fear any external or internal threats, as a large door for commissions and enormous profits. And with the drain of the war, all Gulf people’s properties became under the control of Western arms furnishers. The treason is now completed. On the economic side: the war caused the waste of enormous opportunities in an era where petroleum is missing its decisive influence and its incomes are declining, and on the social side: the abundant arms like a sword hanging over the heads of those who refuse to be loyal to furnishers, or think outside the box to which they are supposed to stick.

Only now, all imaginations that anyone could control Yemen over have become a well-established fact, more than being a future expectation. Today, everyone knows and conceives that the end will not be in Sanaa or Aden; but the beginning of the end will be in Jizan and Najran, and the absolute end will be in Riyadh.

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History Will Show No Mercy for Arab Traitors to Palestine – Hamas Leader

History Will Show No Mercy for Arab Traitors to Palestine – Hamas Leader

By Staff, Agencies

Head of Hamas resistance movement’s political bureau Ismail Haniyeh has once again condemned the US-brokered deals that the United Arab Emirates [UAE] and Bahrain signed last month to normalize ties with ‘Israel,’ warning that history will show “no mercy” towards the Arab states that betrayed fellow Palestinians.

In an interview with the Middle East Eye [MEE] news portal published on Monday, Haniyeh said that the Arab countries that normalized ties with ‘Israel’ will be losers as the occupying regime will eventually threaten them.

“The Zionist project is an expansionist project. Its objective is to create a greater ‘Israel.’ We don’t want to see the Emiratis or the Bahrainis or the Sudanese being used as vehicles for this project. History will show no mercy, the people will not forget, and humanitarian law will not forgive,” he said.

In mid-September, US President Donald Trump presided over the signing of the normalization pacts between Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi and Manama. During a ceremony at the White House, Trump said “five or six” other countries were close to making similar agreements with ‘Israel,’ but did not name them.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Sudan and Oman could be next in line to normalize with the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime.

“We know ‘Israeli’ leaders better than them. We know how they think. We would like to tell our brothers in the United Arab Emirates that they will lose as a result of those agreements because ‘Israel’s’ only interest is to seek a military and economic foothold in areas close to Iran,” Haniyeh said.

“They will use your country as a doorstep. We don’t want to see the UAE being used as an ‘Israeli’ launchpad,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Haniyeh stressed that Hamas had been vindicated by the collapse of the 1990s Oslo process between the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] and ‘Israel.’

“From the day it was announced, Oslo bore the seeds of its own destruction… Oslo was a failure from day one because it was a security agreement, not a political one,” he said.

Additionally, Haniyeh enumerated the factors that had forced Abbas to rethink his approach towards the resistance group and deliver a “positive response to the initiative by Hamas.”

Moreover, the Hamas leader said the resistance group was prepared in case of any ‘Israeli’ attack on Gaza, warning that any future war would be costly for the Tel Aviv regime.

شركاء جدد للعدوان الخليجيّ على اليمن؟

 د. وفيق إبراهيم

تراجع الحلف السعوديّ – الإماراتيّ ومرتزقتهم في حربهم على اليمن والأزمات التي يتخبّط بها حليفهم الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب تضع حكام السعودية والإمارات في مأزق تاريخيّ.

فلا هم قادرون على الانسحاب بعد خمس سنوات على هجوم قواتهم على اليمن بدعم أميركي بريطاني بالتسليح والتخطيط والتدريب ومرتزقة من السودان وبعض بلدان العالم العربي والإسلامي، مع شراء مفتوح للسلاح من بلدان أوروبية ومشاركات إسرائيليّة متنوّعة ودعم مصري بحريّ.

هؤلاء لم يعد بوسعهم إكمال حربهم التي ادركت في جوانب منها مرحلة الخسارة المتدحرجة، فها هو جيش دولة صنعاء على وشك تحرير منطقة مأرب بما يعنيه من انهيار الدور العدوانيّ السعوديّ في كامل اليمن، والقضاء على طموحه في الاستيلاء على حضرموت والجوف.

كذلك الإمارات التي لم تتمكن حتى الآن من توطيد احتلالها لمدينة عدن وبعض أنحاء الجنوب وجزر سقطرى.

ما أدى الى ولادة معادلة تقوم على ان الانسحاب من حرب اليمن ممنوع بقرار أميركي والانتصار فيها مستحيل لقوة المدافعين عن بلادهم في دولة صنعاء.

هذا الى جانب الذعر الذي أصاب حكام الخليج بسبب تراجع حظوظ وليهم الأميركي ترامب في الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية في الثالث من تشرين الثاني المقبل.

هناك الآن فارق يزيد عن ثلاث عشرة نقطة تؤكد مكاتب استطلاعات الرأي الأميركية ان منافسه بايدن يحوز عليها، وقد تزداد في مقبل الأيام لتخوف الأميركيين من الحالة الصحية المتفاقمة لترامب التي يحاول إخفاءها بالتهريج والضجيج والادعاء انه تمكن من القضاء على وباء الكورونا المصاب به.

لذلك يجب الربط بين الانسداد العسكري للعدوان على اليمن ونجاح الحُديدة في إجهاض كل محاولات إسقاطها من قبل السعوديين والإماراتيين، وأزمات ترامب هي من العوامل التي دفعت مفتي السعودية آل الشيخ لمطالبة المسلمين عموماً بالدعاء لشفاء ترامب.

إلا أن السفير الاميركي في «اسرائيل» ديفيد فريدمان كشف المستور مسقطاً التوريات الدينية، فأعلن أن فوز بايدن على ترامب يمثل خطراً كبيراً على جهود واشنطن وحلفائها في حرب اليمن من جهة والتطبيع الإسرائيلي – الخليجي العربي من جهة ثانية.

فإذا كان الأميركيون أنفسهم يتوجّسون على مشاريعهم الاستعمارية، فماذا حال أدواتهم في الشرق الأوسط وهل لديهم سياسات بديلة؟

ليس لدى السعودية والإمارات إلا العمل لإنجاح ترامب بضخ كميات وافرة من المساعدات لحملاته الانتخابية والإعلامية، علماً ان الفوارق في الأهداف بين الحزبين الأميركيين الجمهوري والديموقراطي هي في اسلوب التطبيق وليس في الأهداف، فالطرفان يعملان على السطو على موارد بلدان الشرق الاوسط وافريقيا وآسيا، لكن الحزب الديموقراطي يميل الى الربط بين الدبلوماسية والنفوذ الجيوبوليتيكي والصفقات الاقتصادية، فيما يسطو الحزب الجمهوري على اقتصاد المرتبطين به بشكل مباشر ومن دون حوارات على الطريقة الترامبية المليئة بالغطرسة والاستكبار.

كما أن الحزب الديموقراطي يميل الى حل الدولتين في فلسطين المحتلة مع تسويات لمصلحة الكيان المحتل، فيما يريد الحزب الجمهوري منح «إسرائيل» كامل فلسطين والجولان والأراضي اللبنانية المحتلة، معززاً فرصها في علاقات كاملة مع العالم الغربي على اساس حل بينهما معادٍ لإيران وروسيا والصين.

فأين المهرب الذي قد يفر اليه الخليج لإجهاض التداعيات المحتملة لخسارة ترامب الانتخابات الرئاسية؟

يبدو ان الخليج ذاهب الى تعميق تطبيعه مع العدو الإسرائيلي الى درجة تقديم دعم مالي مفتوح لهذا الكيان مقابل خدمات عسكرية جوية وبحرية وتقنية وتدريبية ويريد السعوديون والإماراتيون التعجيل في التطبيع السوداني مع «اسرائيل» لهدفين: الاول هو الكسر المعنوي لجبهة الأول الرافضة للعلاقات مع «اسرائيل» فيما يذهب الهدف الثاني إلى مسارعة الكيان الإسرائيلي إلى تدريب قوات سودانية بأعداد كبيرة قد تصل الى ثمانين الف جندي، يعمل نصفها تقريباً على حماية العائلات الحاكمة في السعودية والإمارات فيما يجري زج القوات الباقية داخل معارك اليمن للمحافظة على الأقل على «الستاتيكو» القائم في مأرب وبعض الوسط والجنوب وللدفاع ايضاً عن الجهة السعودية في نجران وجيزان المواجهتين لأعالي صنعاء.

هناك ايضاً محاولات سعودية – إماراتية لطلب مساعدات عسكرية أوروبية لها ميزتان: الاحتراف العسكري والتغطية السياسية لحرب الخليج على اليمن، الأمر الذي يزيد من مناعة النظامين السعودي والإماراتي في الاتحاد الاوروبي والامم المتحدة بالإضافة الى الدور العسكري، فهل تنجح هذه المساعي الشديدة الكلفة في زمن يتراجع فيه استهلاك البترول والغاز، وتختفي موارد الحج والعمرة ومختلف انواع العلاقات الاقتصادية؟ الصمود اليمني المتحول الى هجوميّ لن يتيح لكل هؤلاء فرصة ترقب تحولات ميدانيّة لمصلحتهم. لكن عملية طرد الغزاة السعوديّين والإماراتيّين من اليمن أصبحت مسألة وقت بانتظار تشكل موقف جنوبي يمني يلتقي مع الشمال والوسط المحرّر لإنقاذ بلادهم والمحافظة على ثرواتها ودورها اليمني والإقليمي وبالتالي العربي.

Hundreds of Sudanese Troops Enter Saudi Arabia Heading to Yemen: Report

Hundreds of Sudanese Troops Enter Saudi Arabia Heading to Yemen: Report

By Staff, Agencies

Hundreds of Sudanese forces have reportedly entered Saudi Arabia en route to Yemen contrary to an earlier announcement by the North African country about a drawdown of its personnel in the bloody Saudi war on the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation.

Citing private Saudi sources, the Middle East Eye news portal [MEE] reported on Friday that 1,018 Sudanese army officers and soldiers arrived in Saudi Arabia by boat on September 22 after passing through passport control in the southwestern city of Jizan.

Two Sudanese planes also carried Sudanese military personnel from Khartoum to Saudi Arabia’s Najran airport the day before, according to one of the sources, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

The first plane held 123 passengers and the second 128, the source said, adding that both planes later departed for Khartoum.

“The planes brought Sudanese officers and soldiers to take part in Operation Restoring Hope,” the source said, using the name that Saudi Arabia gave to its devastating military aggression against Yemen.

The fresh deployment came despite an announcement by the Sudanese military in January that it was winding down its presence in Yemen from around 5,000 mercenaries to a “minor” group of some 650.

Brigadier General Jamal Adam, a spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces [RSF] paramilitary, told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency that the Sudanese forces present in Yemen “were operating within two sections, the [United Arab] Emirates sector inside Aden, and the Saudi sector that extends on the Saudi-Yemeni border.”

In December 2019, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the number of the Sudanese mercenaries had been reduced to 5,000 from 15,000.

He said his government had “inherited” the deployment in Yemen from Sudan’s former president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was ousted following a popular uprising against his rule in April 2019.

Earlier reports said child soldiers from Sudan’s Darfur have been fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia and its allies in the frontline of the Yemen war, with money being their only motive.

Sayyed Nasrallah to Macron: You’re Not Lebanon’s Ruler, Hezbollah Open to the French Initiative… US behind Failure

Sayyed Nasrallah to Macron: You’re Not Lebanon’s Ruler, Hezbollah Open to the French Initiative… US behind Failure

Zeinab Essa

Beirut-Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Tuesday a televised speech in which he tackled various internal and regional issues.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah offered condolences to Kuwait and its people over the demise of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah. “The late Kuwaiti leader played a personal and major role in ending Lebanon’s civil war. The Lebanese people neither forget the role of the late Emir in ending the civil war, nor the Kuwaiti role during the July 2006 war, supporting Lebanon and reconstructing it” he said, noting that “Kuwait still maintains its honorable stance towards Al-Quds and Palestine, unlike the train of normalization.”

Meanwhile, His Eminence praised the coherent stance of Kuwait under its late Emir against pressures on Gulf nations to join normalization with the Zionist entity.

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the efforts and sacrifices of the Lebanese army and forces that had recently confronted the armed terrorist groups in Northern Lebanon. “The armed groups in north Lebanon were plotting major military action against the country.”

He further offered condolences to the Lebanese army and the families of the martyrs that have fallen in the battle. “We have previously warned against the attempts to revive Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist ‘ISIS’/’ISIL’ group] again in Iraq and Syria, and it is natural that preparations began in Lebanon to justify the American forces’ presence in the region,” His Eminence added, pointing out that “After the assassination of martyrs [Qasim] Soleimani and [Abu Mahdi] al-Muhandis, Washington started reviving Daesh.”

In parallel, the Resistance Leader declared Hezbollah appreciates the popular position in the north and the people’s rallying around the army and security forces.

According to His Eminence, “Washington is trying to justify its continuous presence in the region under the pretext of the international coalition to fight Daesh, which it seeks to revive in the region.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “The “Israeli” enemy’s army is still at the highest level of alert and is still hiding, and this is the longest period that the occupation army lives in this way without having its soldiers moving [from their places].”

Reiterating that Hezbollah still intends to retaliate to the martyrdom of one of its fighters in Syria, the Resistance Leader responded to “Israeli” PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that Hezbollah is storing missiles near a gas station.

On this level, Sayyed Nasrallah announced that Hezbollah Media Relations is to invite local media outlets to the site at 22:00, to let the world discover his lies.

“We’re not obliged to invite journalists to any site mentioned by Netanyahu, but we are doing this now due to the sensitivity of the situation after the August 4 explosion,” he stressed, noting that c.”

According to His Eminence, “Our measure is to make the Lebanese people aware amid the battle of consciousness, and to let them know that we don’t put our missile between residential houses.”

On the political front, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “The French initiative was published and we all agreed on it. We said we support it. The first step was to name a PM.”

“The work has started and the parliamentary blocs started to consult to agree on naming Hariri or whomever he names. Meanwhile, the club of the four former PMs was formed. We did not put any conditions when Mustafa Adib was nominated and did not make any prior agreement to show our intention to facilitate the process,” he recalled.

His Eminence went on to say, “There are those who said that the designated PM would hold negotiations, but the parliamentary blocs and the president of the republic have not been contacted.”

Moreover, Hezbollah Secretary General disclosed that “Adib did not consult with the President of the Republic, a prepared file was handed to him, and the most important authority for the President- i.e. to participate in forming the government- would have been dropped out.”

“The French must know where they erred, especially as to eliminating the President’s most important remaining power, which is participation in the formation of governments,” he added, noting that “The one who negotiated with us over the government wasn’t Adib, but PM Saad Hariri.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also mentioned that “The naming of ministers for all sects in Lebanon by a single person is dangerous for the country. The Ex-PMs club wanted to distribute portfolios and name the ministers alone.”

“Some wanted to eliminate the parliamentary blocs and the President’s powers and they sought to introduce new norms,” he stated, pointing out that “When we asked whether the French initiative included what was proposed by the club of ex-PMs, we were answered by ‘NO’.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that “We rejected what was presented to us because it forms a threat to the country and is not a subject of discussion. The French initiative neither mentions the number of ministers nor the rotation of portfolios.”

His Eminence underlined that “At one point there was an attempt to form a de-facto government. The way things were tackled with regard to the government is unacceptable in Lebanon, regardless of its sponsor or supporter.”

“We have always said that the reason for our presence in the government is to protect the back of the resistance,” he added, warning that “The coercion method does not work in Lebanon, regardless of its advocates and sponsors, be them the US, France or Europe.”

On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah reminded that Hezbollah “must be in the government to protect the back of the resistance so that May 5, 2008 will not be repeated in Lebanon,” noting that “The second reason behind our participation in the government is fearing for what has remained from Lebanon economically, nationally and on all other levels.”

“What if a government accepts the conditions of the IMF without any discussions? Do we agree on a government that increases taxes on citizens? What if a new government decides to sell the state’s assets,” he asked, statin, “We fear for the state property and people’s money.”

Meanwhile, His Eminence addressed the French President Emanuel Macron by saying: “Did the French initiative say that the ex-PMs form the government and name ministers? Hajj Mohammad Raad told Macron that we agree to 90% of the French initiative, and here we ask, what is it that we agreed upon and did not respect? What you are asking from us contradicts with democracy. You are asking the parliamentary majority to bow and cede power to the parliamentary minority.”

To Macron, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a clear message: “Look for the party that wanted to control the country and eliminate the political forces under your cover. President Macron, who accused us of intimidation, is the one who practiced the intimidation policy against the heads of parties in order to pass the government.”

He also emphasized that Hezbollah “prevented the country from moving towards the worse, and we hope that the Lebanese will cooperate so that the country doesn’t move into the worst.”

Explaining that Hezbollah has not committed to hand over the country to any kind of government, he told the French President: “We know how we adhere to our promises, fulfill it and sacrifice in order to abide by it. Our enemies and friends know that we honor our pledges. We upset our friends to fulfill our promises.”

Once again, he repeated that Hezbollah “did not go to Syria to fight civilians. We went there at the invitation of the Syrian government to fight the groups that you named as terrorists.”

“It was not us who chose war, the Zionists rather occupied our land and attacked us,” he told Macron, stressing that “We do not accept that anyone speaks to us in this language. A settlement is different than surrender. We do not practice the game of terrorism and intimidation against anyone in Lebanon. We do not practice intimidation, but Arab countries that you protect and are friendly to you, doesn’t allow a tweet that criticizes the king to be written.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah said: ‘Iran doesn’t interfere in Lebanon, and we in Hezbollah and Amal Movement decide what to do.”

He further sent the French President a clear advice: “If you want to search for those who thwarted your initiative, look for the Americans who imposed sanctions and complicated the situation.”

In a sounding message, His Eminence stated: “We do not accept the arrogant behavior and that you accuse us and other Lebanese with committing treason. We welcomed the role of President Macron and the French initiative to help Lebanon but not to be an Attorney General, inspector, judge, guardian or governor of Lebanon. There isn’t any mandate neither for the French president nor for others to be guardian or ruler of Lebanon.”

However, Sayyed Nasrallah kept the door open for discussion: “We still support the French initiative, but the language must be reconsidered because what was attacked the last two days ago is the national dignity,” he said, noting that “We are still open to the French initiative for the benefit of our country, and we insist on cooperation to pass from bad to good.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the stance of the Bahraini people despite oppression and risks, particularly the Bahraini scholars’ rejection of Al-Khalifa regime’s normalization with the “Israeli” enemy.

“The stance of the Bahraini people is honorable and [truly] represents the people of Bahrain. The authority in Bahrain doesn’t own its decision, it rather operates as a Saudi-affiliated state,” he said, pointing out that “The people of Bahrain, despite their wounds, and despite the presence of many of their leaders and symbols behind bars, have said their resounding word of truth in the era of silence, subservience and submission.”

He also warned of Sudan’s move towards normalization.

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the official and popular stances of Tunisia and Algeria against the normalizations, and urged the Sudanese people not to accept being part of the normalization under the pretext of lifting its name from the “terror list”.

“We’re not worried about all what is happening in the region as long as the Palestinian people keep adhering to their rights,” he assured.

Sudan in The Footsteps of Emirates: Normalization for Wheat and Oil السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط

Sudan in The Footsteps of Emirates: Normalization for Wheat and Oil

By Mai Ali – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

Quickly encouraged by the US and UAE, Sudan is about to normalize relations with “Israel”, in the light of a civilian-military agreement to move in that direction, after the transitional government had tried to suggest that it had nothing to do with this issue. The marathon negotiations that aim to finalize the normalization file are held in Abu-Dhabi, in the middle of many American baits to Khartoum, starting with lifting sanctions and freeing it from the “foolishness” of terrorism.

Khartoum | In the midst of silence on the part of the transitional government, the head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council”, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, engaged in three party-negotiations in Abu-Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates [UAE], which involved, together with Sudan, the US and UAE. The negotiations treated a specific agenda that primarily included normalizing relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv.

Although Abdallah Hamdok’s government washed it hands of the meeting between Burhan and the “Israeli” Prime Minister Netanyahu in Uganda’s Entebbe seven months ago, the presence of the Minister of Justice, Nasruddin Abdul Bari, among the delegation headed by al-Burhan in Abu-Dhabi two days ago, created a remarkable paradox. It comes especially that Abdul Bari has engaged, immediately upon arrival to the Emirati capital, in direct negotiations with a US administration team about lifting sanctions on Sudan, supporting the transitional period, exempting Sudan from American debts, and urging the “friendly” States to take similar steps towards it.

Thus, it appeared, for the first time, that there was obvious and public harmony between the civilian government and military component, especially after the head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council” had met, at his office last week, with the Minister of Justice, before they went to the UAE where they discussed the legal issues concerning lifting sanctions that the US has been imposing on Sudan since 1977 and removing Sudan from “the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism”. They also discussed the measures that these actions could require, and that Abdul Bari had started earlier by holding meetings with officials and jurists in Washington, which resulted in Sudan’s government approval for paying financial compensations for the families of the victims of the American destroyer “USS Cole”.

Concerning what observers considered to be a distribution of roles, Minister of Information, Muhammad Saleh, denied that the ministerial delegation accompanying al-Burhan had the mandate to discuss normalization with “Israel”, reiterating that the transitional government didn’t have any authorization by the Legislative Council to take decisions in such matters, which are among the tasks of an elected government. He added that the ministerial delegation was in Abu-Dhabi just to discuss removing Sudan from the “list of State Sponsors of Terrorism” and lifting economic sanctions on Sudan.

The head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council” is trying to promulgate that a country under sanctions could never dispose of them unless it normalizes with “Israel”. He had already justified his meeting with Netanyahu last February by saying that it was on the basis of “his responsibility and sense that hard work was crucial to maintain Sudan’s national security and ensure the highest interests of Sudanese people.”

This time, the proof seems clearer. He set the price that he wants in return for accepting normalization. It consists of a financial support worth $1,2 billion, earmarked for wheat and oil; a $2 billion grant or a 25-year loan; a commitment to provide Khartoum with economic aid from the UAE and the US; and the removal of Sudan from “the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism”, which was at the forefront of the Sudanese delegation’s demands. Some analysts considered that these demands were like a bait that the administration of US President, Donald Trump, threw to the Sudanese government to push it towards accepting normalization. In this context, a diplomatic source described, in a conversation with “al-Akhbar”, what the US was doing as a “notorious and exposed political blackmail”, and added that, however “Washington and Tel Aviv have wanted to obtain normalization at no cost”. The source added that “the military component was moving towards normalization, and it seemed that the civilian government had accepted on condition that it receives a cost, in other words, if normalization had a price, there would not be anything wrong with it.”

Trump’s administration is active, at the very highest level, to finalize the file concerning normalizing relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv. This was obvious since the visit of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to Sudan last month, which fell within the frenetic endeavors of the current administration to ensure benefits that would help its President to achieve additional points in the expected electoral race. Thus, this administration scrambled to circumvent any possible pretext that Hamdok’s government might use, noted that the efforts of its broker, i.e. the Emirati ally, were early focused on the military component in the “Sovereignty Council”, on the grounds that the military was the closest to the UAE since the era of the former regime. Accordingly, there is concern that the current path leads to, as well as to open the door to “Israel”, enhance the Emirati intervention in Sudanese internal affairs. This is what the diplomatic source describes saying that “what the UAE was doing was more than intervention; Abu-Dhabi was leading and making decisions concerning the Sudanese affairs”, pointing out that “the military was, with or without knowledge, following the UAE that was pushing it towards finalizing the normalization file.”

السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط

مي علي

الأربعاء 23 أيلول 2020

السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط
الخروج من شرنقة العقوبات لا يكون إلّا من بوابة التطبيع وفق ما يروّج له رئيس «مجلس السيادة» (أ ف ب )

بدفعٍ أميركي – إماراتي حثيث، يقترب السودان، أكثر فأكثر، من تطبيع علاقاته مع إسرائيل، في ظلّ توافق مدني – عسكري على المضيّ في هذا الاتجاه، بعدما حاولت الحكومة الانتقالية الإيحاء بأن لا يدَ لها في ذلك. المفاوضات الماراثونية الهادفة إلى حسم ملفّ التطبيع السوداني منعقدة في أبو ظبي، وسط كثرة الطعوم الأميركية الملقاة إلى الخرطوم، وفي مقدّمها رفع العقوبات عنها وتخليصها من «لوثة» الإرهابالخرطوم | وسط صمت من جانب الحكومة الانتقالية، ينخرط رئيس «مجلس السيادة» السوداني، عبد الفتاح البرهان، في مباحثات ثلاثية في العاصمة الإماراتية أبو ظبي، تضمّ، إلى جانب السودان، كلّاً من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والإمارات، وتتناول أجندة محدّدة، على رأسها ملفّ تطبيع العلاقات بين الخرطوم وتل أبيب. وعلى رغم تنصّل حكومة عبد الله حمدوك، سابقاً، من اللقاء الذي جمع البرهان برئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي، بنيامين نتنياهو، في عنتيبي الأوغندية قبل سبعة أشهر، إلّا أن حضور وزير العدل، نصر الدين عبد الباري، ضمن وفد البرهان الموجود منذ يومين في أبو ظبي، يمثّل مفارقة لافتة، وخصوصاً أن عبد الباري انخرط، فور وصوله الى العاصمة الإماراتية، في تفاوض مباشر مع فريق مِن الإدارة الأميركية موجود هناك حول رفع العقوبات عن السودان، ودعم الفترة الانتقالية فيه، وإعفائه من الديون الأميركية، وحثّ الدول «الصديقة» على اتخاذ خطوات مماثلة تجاهه.

هكذا، بدا، هذه المرّة، أن ثمّة تناغماً واضحاً وعلنياً بين الحكومة المدنية والمكوّن العسكري، ولا سيما بعدما اجتمع رئيس «مجلس السيادة»، في مكتبه الأسبوع الماضي، بوزير العدل، قبل ذهابهما إلى الإمارات، وتباحثا في المسائل القانونية في ما يخصّ رفع العقوبات الاقتصادية التي تفرضها الولايات المتحدة على السودان منذ عام 1997، إلى جانب إزالة اسم السودان من «قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب»، وما يستدعيه ذلك من خطوات إجرائية كان قد بدأها عبد الباري، في وقت سابق، بعقده لقاءات مع مسؤولين وقانونيين في واشنطن، تَمخّضت عنها موافقة الحكومة السودانية على دفع تعويضات ماليّة لأسر ضحايا المدمّرة الأميركية «كول». وفي ما عدّه مراقبون نوعاً من توزيع الأدوار، خرج وزير الإعلام، فيصل محمد صالح، لينفي أن يكون الوفد الوزاري المرافِق للبرهان يحمل تفويضاً بمناقشة التطبيع مع إسرائيل، مكرّراً القول إن الحكومة الانتقالية لا تحمل تفويضاً من المجلس التشريعي يمنحها الحق في اتّخاذ قرارات مماثلة، وإن تلك القرارات من اختصاصات الحكومة المنتخبة. وأضاف صالح إن الوفد الوزاري الموجود في أبو ظبي ذهب لبحث رفع اسم السودان من «قائمة الإرهاب» ورفع العقوبات الاقتصادية عنه.

مصدر دبلوماسي: ما تقوم به الولايات المتحدة «ابتزاز سياسي مفضوح»


على أن الخروج من شرنقة العقوبات لا يكون إلّا من بوابة التطبيع وفق ما يروّج له رئيس «مجلس السيادة»، والذي سبق أن برّر لقاءه نتنياهو في شباط/ فبراير الماضي بأنه جاء انطلاقاً من «مسؤوليته واستشعاره بأهمية العمل الدؤوب لحفظ أمن الأمن الوطني السوداني وصيانته، وتحقيق المصالح العليا للشعب السوداني». أمّا هذه المرّة، فقد بدا البرهان أكثر وضوحاً، إذ وضع أمام مفاوضيه الثمن الذي يطلبه مقابل الموافقة على التطبيع، والمُتمثّل في دعم مالي قيمته 1,2 مليار دولار مخصّص للنفط والقمح، ومليارا دولار في صورة منحة أو قرض لمدة 25 عاماً، بالإضافة إلى الالتزام بتقديم مساعدات اقتصادية إماراتية وأميركية للخرطوم، فضلاً عن إزالة اسم السودان من «لائحة الإرهاب»، والتي تتصدّر مطالب الوفد السوداني. مطالبُ اعتبرها محلّلون بمثابة الطُّعْم الذي رمت به إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب، للحكومة السودانية لدفعها إلى قبول التطبيع. وفي هذا الإطار، يصف مصدر دبلوماسي، في حديث إلى «الأخبار»، ما تقوم به الولايات المتحدة بـ»الابتزاز السياسي المفضوح وغير الخفيّ»، مستدركاً بأن «واشنطن وتل أبيب تريدان الحصول على التطبيع من دون دفع أيّ شيء مقابل ذلك». ويضيف المصدر إن «المكوّن العسكري الآن يمضي في اتجاه التطبيع، والحكومة المدنية يبدو أنها وافقت مقابل أن تقبض الثمن، بمعنى أنه إذا وُجد مقابل للتطبيع فلا بأس في ذلك».

وتنشط إدارة ترامب، على أعلى المستويات، لإنهاء ملفّ تطبيع العلاقات بين الخرطوم وتل أبيب. وهو ما بدا واضحاً منذ الزيارة التي أجراها وزير الخارجية الأميركي، مايك بومبيو، إلى السودان، الشهر الماضي، والتي تندرج في إطار المساعي المحمومة للإدارة الحالية لتحقيق مكاسب تساعد رئيسها في تحقيق نقاط إضافية في السباق الانتخابي المنتظر. ولذا، سارعت هذه الإدارة إلى الالتفاف على أيّ حجج يمكن أن تتذرّع بها حكومة حمدوك، علماً بأن جهود وسيطها، أي الحليف الإماراتي، انصبّت باكراً في اتجاه المكوّن العسكري في «المجلس السيادي»، على اعتبار أن العسكر كانوا هم الأقرب إلى الإمارات منذ عهد النظام السابق. ومن هنا، يُخشى أن يؤدي المسار الحالي، فضلاً عن فتح الأبواب لإسرائيل، إلى تعزيز حضور الإمارات في الشأن الداخلي السوداني. وهو ما يعبّر عنه مصدر دبلوماسي بالقول إن «ما تقوم به الإمارات تَعدّى مرحلة التدخل إلى مرحلة أصبحت فيها أبو ظبي تقود وتقرّر في الشأن السوداني»، مشيراً إلى أن «العسكريين منقادون خلفها بعلم منهم أو من دون علم، وتدفعهم الحماسة إلى إنهاء ملفّ التطبيع».

 اشترك في «الأخبار» على يوتيوب هنامن ملف : ربيع إسرائيل في أفريقيا: السودان على خطى الإمارات

Hoping to Seize on UAE-Israel Deal, Pompeo and Kushner Head East in Search of New Allies for Israel

By Raul Diego

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump adviser Jared Kushner are hitting the road in an attempt to strong-arm more Arab states into normalizing relations with Israel, turning their backs on Palestine and isolating Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and unelected advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, are embarking on a tour of the Middle East beginning with a stop in Israel to discuss “regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence” with Prime Minister Netanyahu, followed by visits to Sudan, Bahrain and now official U.S. partner, the United Arab Emirates.

Spun as an effort to speed up a U.S.-brokered “normalization” between Arab countries and Israel, the trip comes just four days after the White House sent the Secretary of State to the U.N. Security Council with the message that all UN sanctions against Iran were to be restored; invoking a clause in the Iran nuclear deal “that allows participants to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran.”

Critics of the move have deemed it illegal, not only because the Trump administration itself withdrew from the deal it is now attempting to enforce, but also because the UN Security Council had previously voted to allow the arms embargo to expire in the fall.

As Pompeo and company land in Jerusalem, tensions are high in the region. Sudan, one of the countries on the itinerary, is in political disarray nearly two years after the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in 2018. In July, Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, replaced seven senior cabinet officials, including the ministers of finance, foreign, energy, and health. Five days ago, he sacked his official spokesperson for disclosing ongoing talks with Israel during a press conference in which spokesman Haider Badawi said he was “looking forward to concluding a peace agreement” with the apartheid state.

The Sudanese government immediately disavowed Badawi’s comments, asserting that “no one tasked [the spokesman] with making statements on this matter.” Meanwhile, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen has reportedly confirmed talks with Sudan, adding that “Israel hopes to reach a peace agreement that includes the return of Sudanese refugees to their country,” according to the Al-Ittihad newspaper. Israeli officials have also claimed that Netanyahu himself met with the head of Sudan’s transitional government in Uganda last February for a top-secret meeting to discuss normalizing relations.

The long-time ally

Bahrain, a long-time Atlanticist client state, is also on Pompeo’s diplomatic schedule. The tiny Gulf state of fewer than two million people has played host to the U.S. Navy since 1947 and was the headquarters for the British protectorate of the lower Persian Gulf after World War II. The crown prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa descends from a long line of Al-Khalifas to rule the nation under Britain’s neo-colonial eye and, later, as a sovereign country since 1971. Considered a “strong security partner” by the U.S. and host of the only operating American naval base in the region with 7,800 U.S. troops, the Trump administration recently lifted arms sales restrictions imposed by Obama. Another member of the Al-Kahlifa clan, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Al-Khalifa, sat down for an interview with The Times of Israel last summer in which he said he “hoped to visit Israel, when it’s all open, peaceful,” signaling Bahrain’s openness to facilitate normalization between Israel and Arab states.

report updated in June by the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CSR) titled “Bahrain: Unrest, Security, and U.S. Policy,” outlined the country’s human rights record and history of political repression, which should nevertheless be overlooked because the country “has long presented a policy dilemma for the United States because Bahrain is a longtime ally that is pivotal to maintaining Persian Gulf security.”

An easy dilemma

The policy dilemma is limited to whether or not Bahrain, Sudan or any other oil-rich countries wish to abide by Atlanticist dictates for their particular region, which has now shifted to a policy of exclusion of the Palestinian people living under the apartheid regime in Israel and an intensification of the campaign of isolation against Iran.

This is being called normalization and some, like Sudan’s former government spokesman, see nothing wrong with it. In what may be the most disingenuous statement ever made, Haider Badawi told Sky News Arabia that Sudan “shall be able to build an exemplary peace deal to all our neighboring countries in the region, so that they are able to follow our footsteps and do the same with Israel. I would like to note here that even Palestinians have had a long history of diplomatic ties with Israel. So, why should it be right for them and considered wrong for us.”

Pompeo will finalize his trip in the UAE, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to discuss the deal signed with Israel a few weeks ago. Jared Kushner’s itinerary, however, has not been made public. He will be accompanied on an ostensibly separate excursion by National Security adviser, Robert O’Brien and special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook in what is only being described as “talks with leaders in the region to encourage more Arab countries to follow in the UAE’s footsteps and move forward with full normalization of relations with Israel.”

نتن ياهو يتجرّع السمّ وابن سلمان خائف يترقب…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

ومكر أولئك يبور…!

تماماً، كما سبق وأفادت المصادر العسكرية الأوروبية يوم 26/8/2020، حول مسرحية نتن ياهو، التي نفذها هو وجيشه في شمال فلسطين المحتلة، وأسمتها مصادره العسكرية، منذ فجر أمس الأول، بالعملية التكتيكية التي نفذها الجيش في جنوب لبنان، فإنه وحسب ما نشره موقع ديبكا الاستخباري الإسرائيلي أمس، نقول بأنه وطبقاً كما أشارت تقديراتنا السابقة، فإنّ مسرحية نتن ياهو تلك التي فشلت في الميدان، لأسباب عديدة لا مجال للاستفاضة في شرحها في هذا المقام، فقد فشلت على صعيد الميدان السياسي والدبيلوماسي أيضاً، وذلك للأسباب التالية:

فشل السفير الإسرائيلي في الأمم المتحدة، جلعاد إردان، في إقناع أيّ من الدول الأعضاء في مجلس الأمن الدولي، بطلب تغيير مهمات قوات اليونيفيل في لبنان، وذلك عبر الرسالة التي أرسلها يوم أمس الاول 26/8/2020، لمندوبي الدول الأعضاء في المجلس.

كذلك تتابعت محطات الفشل، في ما يدّعيه نتن ياهو من نجاحات، على صعيد التطبيع مع بعض الأنظمة العربية العميلة للاستعمار.

فها هو السودان يبلغ وزير الخارجية الأميركي، يوم أمس الاول، بأن ليس بإمكانه حضور «الزفة الانتخابية»، التي يحضّر لعقدها في القاهرة قريباً كلاً من بومبيو وعراب صفقة القرن، جاريد كوشنر، لصالح الحملة الانتخابية للرئيس الأميركي ترامب.

وها هو حصان طروادة الإسرائيلي، محمد بن سلمان، يلغي لقاءً كان يفترض أن يُعقد بينه وبين نتن ياهو، يوم 31/8/2020، في واشنطن وذلك خوفاً من حدوث انقلاب عليه في السعودية، من قبل منافسين له في العائلة المالكة، وكذلك بسبب الرفض الشعبي الواسع، في السعودية نفسها لكل سياسة التطبيع مع العدو الصهيوني. خاصة أنّ الرأي العام السعودي، او المواطنين السعوديين بالأحرى، قد دعموا مقاومة الشعب الفلسطيني بسخاءٍ دائماً. وقد كانت «اللجان الشعبية لمساعدة مجاهدي الشعب الفلسطيني»، التي تأسست عقب احتلال بقية أراضي فلسطين خلال حرب 1967، وترأسها (آنذاك) الأمير سلمان بن عبد العزيز وهو ملك السعودية الحالي، وحتى وقت قريب.

وهذا يعني انّ محمد بن سلمان، ورغم كلّ جموحه لتلبية كافة طلبات نتن ياهو الهادفة لتدمير القضية الفلسطينية وتدمير السعودية أيضاً وبمطالبتها بتعويضات هي عبارة عما يسمّيها «خسائر اليهود» في الجزيرة العربية، منذ ظهور الإسلام وحتى يومنا هذا، نقول إنه وبالرغم من استعداده لذلك إلا انّ الرفض الشعبي القوي لذلك قد لجمه ومنعه من الذهاب الى واشنطن لتسليم مفاتيح الكعبة المشرّفة لنتن ياهو.

ولكن مسلسل الفشل الذي تسجله سياسات نتن ياهو التضليلية وأكاذيبه المتواصله لا تقف عند حدّ الفشل المدوي في السياسة الخارجية رغم ادّعائه عكس ذلك، وإنما يمتدّ هذا الفشل الى سياساته الداخلية، التي جعلت دولة الاحتلال من أقلّ دول «الشرق الأوسط» استقراراً وضعفاً، رغم ما تمتلكه من آلة حربيةٍ أميركيةٍ غايةً في التطور والفتك.

ولكنها، رغم تطوّرها الكبير في هذا المجال، فإنها لا تستطيع تغيير قواعد الاشتباك، التي فرضتها المقاومة اللبنانية على الجبهة الشمالية والمقاومة الفلسطينية على الجبهة الجنوبية. وها هو الجيش الإسرائيلي لا يزال واقفاً على «رجل ونصف» منذ ان أعلن الأمين العام لحزب الله قرار الحزب بالردّ على اغتيال الطائرات الحربية الاسرائيلية أحد ضباطه في محيط مطار دمشق الدولي.

كما انّ أحد أهمّ الأدلة، على هذا الفشل المدوّي المتعلق بوضع جيشه وجبهته الداخلية، قد ظهر خلال المسرحية التي فشل في تنفيذها مساء أول امس 25/8/2020، وذلك عندما أظهرت كاميرات المراسلين العسكريين الاسرائيليين وغيرهم من الصحافيين الذين كانوا يغطون تلك الأحداث على طول الجبهة، أظهرت كاميراتهم خلوّ مواقع جيش الاحتلال من الجنود والآليات وتموضعهم في خط دفاع يقع على بعد ٦ – ٨ كيلومترات عن الحدود، خوفاً من استهدافهم من قبل قوات المقاومة في لبنان.

أما الفشل المضاف، الى فشل الانكفاء عن الخطوط الأمامية والاختباء في خط دفاع خلفي، فقد تمثل في قيام الجيش الاسرائيلي، وبموافقة نتن ياهو نفسه، بارتكاب جريمة قصف الأراضي اللبنانية بقذائف الفوسفور الأبيض الخارقة، والمحرّمة دولياً، حيث حاول (الجيش الاسرائيلي) يائساً الإيحاء بأنه قادر على الردّ العسكري. ولكنه فشل أيضاً في إقناع حتى المراسلين العسكريين الاسرائيليين بذلك، خاصة أنهم يعلمون تماماً انّ قذائف الفوسفور الأبيض قد أطلقت من مرابض المدفعية الاسرائيلية، المنتشرة على عمق ١٥ – ٢٠ كيلومتر عن خط الجبهة. وهو الأمر الذي أكد فقدان جيش نتنياهو لزمام المبادرة وتحكم المقاومة اللبنانية به تماماً من الآن وحتى حلول ساعة تحرير القدس.

أما قمة القمم، في سلسلة الفشل التي تلاحق نتن ياهو، فسنعيشها إبتداء من بدايات شهر تشرين الأول المقبل، حيث ستنطلق موجة مدمّرة جديدة من انتشار فيروس كورونا في دولة نتن ياهو، مضافاً اليها انتشار نوع جديد من الوباء الفايروسي، الأشدّ فتكاً من فيروس كورونا، ألا وهو فايروس: آر/ إِس/ ڤي. .

وهو نوع من الفيروسات التي تصيب الأطفال الحديثي الولادة والأطفال من مختلف سنوات العمر، بالإضافة الى الشباب وكبار السن والطاعنين في السن، نساءً ورجالاً.

وبالنظر الى الفشل الذريع، الذي حصده نتن ياهو والموساد الاسرائيلي، المكلف بكلّ ما يتعلق بالوباء بما في ذلك المشتريات الطبية، في مواجهة وباء كورونا طوال الفترة الماضية وتصاعد انتشار هذا الفيروس بين الاسرائيليين، وبالنظر الى الفوضى الشاملة، التي تعمّ الجهاز الصحي الاسرائيلي، والنقص الشديد في المستلزمات الصحية والطبية، بما في ذلك الأجهزة الطبية الضرورية، فإنّ الخبراء والمحللين الاسرائيليين يتوقعون انفجار موجة عملاقة، من الإصابات بكورونا والفيروس الجديد . والتي ستكون أقرب الى موجة التسونامي التي لن تبقي ولن تذر.

وهو ما يدفع سكان فلسطين المحتلة، من اليهود وخاصة اولئك الذين يواصلون التظاهر ليلياً أمام مقر إقامة نتن ياهو في حي الطالبية الفلسطيني بالقدس المحتلة، الى طرح السؤال الجدي والمنطقي:

ما الفائدة من مسرحيات نتن ياهو التي تتغنى بالتطبيع مع ابن زايد وغيره اذا كانت حياتنا هنا في خطر!؟

وهل يمكن لإبن زايد ان ينقذنا من الأوبئة القاتلة، في ظلّ عدم وجود خطط او بروتوكولات علاج حكومية!؟

علماً انّ طلائع أولئك المطالبين برحيل نتن ياهو والكثيرين منهم هم جنرالات وضباط سابقين في الجيش والأجهزة الأمنية في «إسرائيل» وكذلك من المثقفين والنخب المجتمعية، التي تخشى على «إسرائيل» من نتائج سياسات نتن ياهو الكارثية على وجود دولتهم.

انّ قمة الفشل، المُشار إليه آنفاً، هي بالذات التي يسقط عنها نتن ياهو، ليستقرّ في السجن لقضاء بقية سنين عمره داخله، وذلك بعد إدانته بتهم الفساد وتلقي الرشاوي، التي يواجهه بها القضاء الاسرائيلي وسيقدّم للمحاكمة، استناداً الى التهم الموجهة اليه، من النائب العام الاسرائيلي بهذا الصدد كما تؤكد مصادر معتبرة في فلسطين المحتلة.

وبذلك يكون بومبيو وكوشنر قد فشلا سوياً في انتشال نتنياهو من قاع مستنقع الفشل الذي يتخبّط فيه منذ مدة، وما ان تنتهي حاجتهم الانتخابية له بعد نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني المقبل حتى يتركونه يهلك في آخر كؤوس السمّ التي تنتظره، وذلك على خطى سلفه أولمرت، وبذلك يكون الكيان قد شارف على فقدان آخر «ملوكه» ليبدأ في تعداد ساعات تفكيك آخر معسكرات الأميركان في درة بلاد الشام أيّ فلسطين الحرة والمستقلة…!

سنة الله في الذين خلوا من قبل ولن تجد لسنة الله تبديلا.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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