اكتمال صفقة تبادل الأسرى: نحو جولة تفاوض جديدة

آباء يكسرون بروتوكولات استقبال الأسرى في مطار صنعاء ويخالفون النظام… شاهد لماذا؟

رشيد الحداد

السبت 17 تشرين الأول 2020

اكتمال صفقة تبادل الأسرى: نحو جولة تفاوض جديدة
يجري مكتب غريفيث ترتيبات لعقد هذه الجولة قبل انتهاء العام الجاري (أ ف ب )

مع اكتمال تنفيذ صفقة تبادل الأسرى المتّفق عليها في مونترو السويسرية، تتّجه الأنظار إلى جولة تفاوض جديدة سرعان ما بدأ التحضير لها، في ظلّ توقعات بأن تشمل عدداً أكبر من الأسرى، بمَن فيهم القيادات الموالية لعبد ربه هادي، والتي لم يفرَج عنها في المرحلة الأولى

استقبلت العاصمة اليمنية صنعاء، أمس، 200 أسير نُقلوا إليها على متن طائرتين تابعتين لـ«اللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر»، ليصل عدد الأسرى المُفرَج عنهم إلى 671، 70% منهم من أسرى الجيش واللجان الشعبية و30% منهم مختطفون ومعتقلون من قِبَل قوى العدوان ولا علاقة لهم بملفّ أسرى الحرب. وفي المقابل، أفرجت حكومة صنعاء، في المجمل، عن 352 أسيراً من القوات الموالية للرئيس المنتهية ولايته عبد ربه منصور هادي، والميليشيات الموالية للإمارات في الساحل الغربي، وميليشيات «حزب الإصلاح» (إخوان) في محافظة مأرب، لتكتمل بذلك صفقة تبادل الأسرى المتّفق عليها في مشاورات مونترو السويسرية أواخر الشهر الماضي، بنجاح.

نحاح هذه الصفقة ربّما يقود إلى مفاوضات جديدة حول ملف الأسرى برعاية أممية. وفي هذا الإطار، جدّدت صنعاء استعدادها الكامل للمضيّ في تنفيذ «اتفاق استوكهولم» المُوقّع في 13 كانون الأول/ ديسمبر 2018، والذي يشمل الإفراج عن 16 ألف أسير من الطرفين، مُكرّرة دعوتها الأطراف المرتبطة بتحالف العدوان إلى التعامل مع هذا الملفّ تعاملاً إنسانياً بعيداً من التسييس. وعلى رغم إبلاغ «لجنة شؤون الأسرى»، مكتب المبعوث الأممي إلى اليمن مارتن غريفيث، استعدادها لعقد مفاوضات جديدة، إلا أن رئيس اللجنة، عبد القادر المرتضى، أكد، في تصريح صحافي أمس، أنه «حتى الآن لا توجد أيّ صفقة جديدة»، لكنه توقع «توسيع نطاق» الصفقة الأخيرة، لافتاً إلى أن «الأمم المتحدة ستُحدّد مكان الاجتماع المقبل وزمانه». وأمِل في «أن تتكلّل المساعي الجديدة بالنجاح، وأن تكون الصفقة المقبلة أكبر»، مبدياً «استعدادنا لتقديم كشوفات تتضمّن أسماء جميع الأسرى والمعتقلين، على أن يقوم كلّ طرف باختيار مَن يريد إخراجهم».

في المقابل، أفادت مصادر مقرّبة من حكومة هادي، «الأخبار»، بأن «لجنة شؤون الأسرى» التابعة لتلك الحكومة تلقّت اتصالات مكثّفة من مكتب المبعوث الأممي، تصبّ في مصلحة عقد جولة جديدة من المفاوضات، مشيرة إلى أن «هناك ترتيبات يجريها مكتب غريفيث لعقد هذه الجولة قبل انتهاء العام الجاري» ، على أن «تشمل التفاوض حول الإفراج عن شقيق هادي اللواء ناصر منصور، وقائد المنطقة العسكرية الثالثة الموالية له اللواء فيصل رجب، والقيادي في حزب الإصلاح محمد قحطان، والذين لم تشملهم المرحلة الأولى من الاتفاق، والتي انتهت أمس الجمعة». من جهتها، أكدت «اللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر»، في تغريدة على «تويتر»، إطلاق سراح 1056 أسيراً من الطرفين، نُقلوا عبر خمس طائرات تابعة لها، بالتعاون مع «الهلال الأحمر اليمني» و«الهلال الأحمر السعودي»، مُعبّرة عن «أملها في أن يكون هذا النجاح خطوة أولى… نحو إطلاق سراح المزيد من الأسرى».

تعرّض أسرى الجيش واللجان لتعذيب وحشي في السجون السعودية وتلك التابعة لـ«التحالف»


وكان الأسرى المفرَج عنهم (من طرف القوى التابعة للتحالف) أمس، وعددهم 200 (مقابل 150 أطلقتهم صنعاء)، قابعين في معتقلات ميليشيات موالية للإمارات في الساحل الغربي وفي محافظتَي لحج وعدن، وقد تعرّضوا هناك لأصناف متعدّدة ووحشية من التعذيب النفسي والجسدي، وفق شهاداتهم أثناء وصولهم إلى مطار صنعاء الدولي. وبالمثل، تحدث مدير مكتب رئاسة الجمهورية في صنعاء، أحمد حامد، عن تعرّض أسرى الجيش واللجان الشعبية لضغوط نفسية وتضليل في ما يتعلّق بالأخبار الميدانية والمستجدات. وأشار، في كلمة عقب وصول الدفعة الأخيرة أمس إلى مطار صنعاء، إلى أن «قوى العدوان أصرّت على إخراج أسرى لدينا لا صلة لهم بمعايير الصفقة، لكننا قبلنا بذلك حرصاً على إنجاح التبادل»، واعداً بـ«بذل كل المساعي لإنهاء هذا الملف الإنساني الصرف». وأعلن حامد «تكريم كلّ الأسرى المُفرَج عنهم، من دون استثناء، ومنحهم رعاية خاصة، وصرف مكافآت مالية لكلّ منهم، وتزويج غير المتزوّجين بعرس جماعي، وتبنّي معالجة المرضى والمصابين».

مظاهر التعذيب الذي تعرّض له أسرى الجيش واللجان كانت لافتة أثناء وصول عدد منهم محمولين على الأكتاف، وآخرين معوّقين إعاقة كاملة جرّاء التعذيب في سجون السعودية، وتحديداً في سجن خميس مشيط. يضاف إلى ذلك أن سبعة من الأسرى الذين شملتهم صفقة التبادل عادوا جثامين، بعدما فارقوا الحياة من جرّاء التعذيب في السجون السعودية، وفقاً للطبيب الشرعي. كما عاد عدد من الأسرى المفرَج عنهم من سجون «الإصلاح» في مأرب مقعَدين، أو مصابين بالفشل الكلوي. ومن المتوقع أن تُصدر «لجنة شؤون الأسرى» في صنعاء، بعد اكتمال الإجراءات الطبية، بياناً تُفنّد فيه أصناف التعذيب الذي تعرّض له الأسرى المفرَج عنهم.

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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As Long as Hezbollah Exists, ‘Israel’ Can Never Reach ‘Peace’ with Lebanon: Zionist Circles نتنياهو: لا سلام مع لبنان طالما حزب الله مسيطر

As Long as Hezbollah Exists, ‘Israel’ Can Never Reach ‘Peace’ with Lebanon: Zionist Circles

October 15, 2020

As Long as Hezbollah Exists, 'Israel' Can Never Reach 'Peace' with Lebanon: Zionist  Circles – Al-Manar TV Lebanon

The Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that the border demarcation talks between ‘Israel’ and Lebanon will never tackle any ‘peace’ deal as long as the latter remains under the control of Hezbollah.

Speaking at the Knesset vote to ratify the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates, Netanyah called on the Lebanese government to continue with and conclude talks with ‘Israel’ regarding the borders.

On Wednesday, October 14, indirect UN-sponsored negotiations between Lebanon and the Zionist entity to demarcate the borders started as Lebanon firmly rejected any attempt to turn the talks into mulling a deal to normalize deals between the two sides.

Zionist circles stressed that the negotiations are restricted to the maritime border negotiations, adding that Hezbollah will not allow expanding the talks to include more issues.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi highlighted the importance of holding military drills that simulate a direct confrontation with Hezbollah despite all the coronavirus-related risks.

Kochavi’s remarks came in response to a threat made by one of Hezbollah military officers who vowed to storm the Zionist settlements and barracks in the upcoming war with the Israeli enemy.

In the context of Al-Manar TV’s episodic documentary, Second Liberation Secrets, which highlights the military victories achieved by Hezbollah during its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, one of the Resistance officers threatened to defeat the Israelis in a way similar to that inflicted by the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (P) in the Battle of Khaybar.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

نتنياهو: لا سلام مع لبنان طالما حزب الله مسيطر

يحيى دبوق

الجمعة 16 تشرين الأول 2020

نتنياهو:  لا سلام مع لبنان طالما  حزب الله مسيطر

ما لم يرد في البيانات الرسمية الإسرائيلية، حتى الأمس، حول أهم أهداف المفاوضات من جانب تل أبيب على ترسيم الحدود البحرية مع لبنان، ورد أمس على لسان رئيس حكومة العدو، بنيامين نتنياهو: إمكان إضعاف حزب الله نتيجة التفاوض، وإنْ لاحقاً.

إذاً، المفاوضات هي جزء من الحرب الإسرائيلية الأشمل في مواجهة حزب الله، إضافة إلى ما يمكن أن تجبيه «إسرائيل» من فائدة اقتصادية. في تشخيص نتنياهو، وهو رأس الهرم السياسي في تل أبيب والمعنيّ الأول بأهدافها ومقاصدها، إقرار بأن أي محاولة لفرض الإرادة السياسية والأمنية والاقتصادية على لبنان، غير ممكنة طالما أن حزب الله يحتفظ بقوته وحضوره وردعه، وهو أهم دلالات موقف نتنياهو، كما صدر عنه أمس.
من على منبر الكنيست، وفي مقدمة للمصادقة على «اتفاق السلام» مع الحلفاء الجدد في الإمارات، قال نتنياهو: «طالما استمر حزب الله في السيطرة على لبنان، فلن يكون هناك سلام مع هذا البلد. إلا أننا بدأنا مفاوضات على الحدود البحرية، وأدعو الحكومة اللبنانية إلى الاستمرار فيها حتى استكمالها، وقد يكون ذلك بمثابة خطوة أولى ليوم آخر مقبل في المستقبل، يتحقق فيه سلام حقيقي». أما بشأن «السلام الحقيقي» مع لبنان وغيره، فشدّد نتنياهو على المعادلة الإسرائيلية: «لطالما اعتقدت أن السلام الحقيقي سيتحقق من خلال القوة، وليس الضعف».

مما انتهت إليه عبارة نتنياهو، يجب أن تبدأ معاينة اللبنانيين لمجمل الموقف الصادر عنه، سواء ما يتعلق بالمفاوضات الحالية حول ترسيم الحدود البحرية، أم تجاه الملفات العالقة بين الجانبين: السلام الحقيقي هو نتيجة للقوة الإسرائيلية. وهي عبارة ملطّفة للإشارة إلى القدرة الإسرائيلية على الإملاء من موقع الاقتدار والسطوة، وإلى خضوع الطرف الآخر نتيجة ضعفه. وهذه المعادلة لا تتحقق لـ«إسرائيل» في مواجهة الدولة اللبنانية، وهذا هو جوهر حديثه، طالما أن لديها عنصر قوة قادراً على مواجهة الإملاء ومنعه: حزب الله بوصفه مقاومة مسلحة قادرٌ على الإيذاء وبالتبعية على الردع.

مع ذلك، قد يكون لبنان الرسمي استجاب من حيث يدرك أو لا يدرك، لأولى الخطوات المطلوبة للوصول إلى الخطوة التي أشار إليها نتنياهو أمس، ونتيجتها ما قال بأنه السلام الحقيقي بين الجانبين: الاستجابة للتفاوض غير المباشر / المباشر، مع تضمين الوفد شخصيات مدنية دون مسوغ أو ضرورات، إلا إن كنا نلبي إملاءات ما، أو نتيجة فهم خاطئ ومغلوط لأبسط قواعد التفاوض التقني غير المباشر، مع العدو. وهذا «الخطأ» هو الذي مكّن «إسرائيل» (يديعوت أحرونوت) من الحديث عن «مفاوضات مدنية – سياسية تجري بين لبنان وإسرائيل».

في تصريح نتنياهو قلب حقائق وتموضعات ثابتة منذ نشأة الكيان الإسرائيلي. باتت مقاومة الاحتلال هي المدانة وهي التي تعرقل «السلام الحقيقي»، مقابل تحويل الاحتلال نفسه إلى كيان سوي، رغم كينونته القائمة على الاعتداء. ومنطق تل أبيب هنا بات مستساغاً لدى البعض، ممن يتطلعون إلى هذا «السلام الحقيقي» مع «إسرائيل»، وإن كانوا هم حسب وصف نتنياهو، يتطلعون إليه من موقف الضعف والجهوزية لتلقي الإملاء من تل أبيب، صاحبة السطوة والقوة.

واحدة من الدلالات الواردة في تصريح نتنياهو، هي الحفر أكثر في الوعي الجمعي للرأي العام، بما يرتبط بادّعاء سيطرة حزب الله على لبنان، رغم أن هذا الحديث بات ممجوجاً. أما ما يمكن الوقوف عنده طويلاً، فهو القول إن حزب الله هو المعرقل الوحيد لـ«السلام الحقيقي» مع إسرائيل. ولهذا الحديث وجهان: وجه صحيح، وهو أن حزب الله يمنع الإملاء الإسرائيلي عن لبنان وفقاً لمعادلة نتنياهو عن السلام الحقيقي، الذي يريده فقط مبنياً على ضعف الجانب اللبناني؛ أما الوجه الآخر ففيه إدانة واتهام، بأن اللبنانيين بأحزابهم ومؤسساتهم ومجتمعهم المدني وجمهورهم العريض يتلهّفون لـ«السلام» مع «إسرائيل»، وأن ما يمنع ذلك هو سيطرة حزب الله؟ السؤال برسم القوى السياسية في لبنان، التي عليها هي الرد على العدو، عدا تلك التي لا تُخفي، بطبيعة الحال، تطلعها إلى «الشراكة» مع العدو.

في سياق التفاوض الذي يراد له أن يخدم تموضع «إسرائيل» المواجه لحزب الله في موازاة الفائدة الاقتصادية، ذكرت صحيفة «يديعوت أحرونوت» أمس، أنه إلى جانب البعد الاقتصادي للمفاوضات، ثمّة ثلاثة أبعاد أمنية: على الساحل حيث يوجد موقعان متقدمان جداً لـ«إسرائيل» ولبنان؛ وبعد آخر يتركز داخل المياه الإقليمية، وأين تفرض «إسرائيل» منطقتها الأمنية؛ أما البعد الثالث فيأتي نتيجة التوصل إلى اتفاق على المياه الاقتصادية، الأمر الذي يثير تحديات أمنية لأن «إسرائيل» ستضطر إلى الاستعداد والجهوزية لمواجهة سيناريوات وفرضيات «تخريبية» ضد منشآتها للتنقيب في المنطقة.

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.

وثائق مِن زمن علي عبد الله صالح: هكذا حاولت الإمارات جرّ اليمن إلى التطبيع

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وثائق مِن زمن علي عبد الله صالح: هكذا حاولت الإمارات جرّ اليمن إلى التطبيع

تبدو الإمارات مثل طبقات سميكة من القشور، ما إن تُزٍل واحدةً حتى تتكشّف أخرى، بلا نهاية! هذا ما قد يُستنتج من متابعة الدور الذي لعبته أبو ظبي في تطبيع العلاقات بين دول خليجية وكيان العدو. دورٌ تضاف إليه، من بين مهمّات الإمارات العديدة، محاولة جرّ اليمن إلى المستنقع نفسه. كيف لا وهي البيت المضيف لصديق محمد بن زايد الإسرائيلي، الذي عمل على ذلك بصمت منذ ثلاثين عاماً؟ «الأخبار» اطّلعت على وثائق سرّية تمثّل دليلاً على تورّط أبو ظبي في ما كان يُحاك لليمن«المعركة اليوم هي معركة مصيرية، والوقوف في وجه العدوان هو وقوف في وجه المخطّطات الإسرائيلية». بوضوحٍ غير قابل للتأويل، ربط المتحدّث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، يحيى سريع، قبل يومين، العدوان الذي تقوده السعودية منذ خمسة أعوام على بلاده، بإسرائيل. لعلّ في كلام العميد اليمني، هذه المرّة، ما هو أبعد بكثير من قراءة المؤشّرات الدالّة على اتباع جيش آل سعود، وحلفائهم، استراتيجيات عسكرية ابتكرها جيش العدو الإسرائيلي خلال حروبه على الفلسطينيين وشعوب المنطقة، عمادها إبادة المدنيين العزّل، وسحق عمران بلادهم وحضارتهم، ونسف كلّ الأوجه الضامنة للحياة الكريمة لهم، بشكلٍ ممنهج ومستمر كما تفعل السعودية باليمنيين؛ إذ أعلن سريع امتلاك القوات اليمنية «أدلّة على المشاركة العسكرية الإسرائيلية في العدوان على اليمن»، مؤكداً أنه «سيُكشف عنها في الوقت المناسب».

اللافت في الحديث المتقدّم ليس امتلاك أدلّة عليه فقط، بل في أن توقيته يتزامن مع تظهير الحلف بين كيان العدو وبعض دول الخليج، وفي مقدّمتها الإمارات. وفي هذا الإطار، اعتبر سريع أن «تطبيع العلاقات بين أنظمة وسلطات دول العدوان وبين الكيان الإسرائيلي المشارك في العدوان على بلادنا يؤكد أننا بالفعل في الموقف الصحيح»، ليعود ويحذّر، بناءً على وثيقة سرّية، من خطرٍ يُهدّد الأمن القومي اليمنيّ من جرّاء مشروعٍ إسرائيلي لإعادة توطين عشرات آلاف الإسرائيليين في اليمن.

طلب وفد «هيئة التراث اليهودية» إعادة تجنيس عشرات آلاف الإسرائيليين بالجنسية اليمنية


الإسرائيليون الذين يحذّر منهم العميد، اعتُبروا حتى خمسينيات القرن المنصرم جزءاً من النسيج الاجتماعي اليمني، قبل أن تنشط الوكالة الصهيونية في تهجيرهم من صنعاء إلى تل أبيب (كانت آخر دفعة هجّرتها إسرائيل، في عملية سرّية، من اليمن، عام 2017)، ليصبحوا جزءاً لا يتجزّأ من المجتمع الإسرائيلي. وعلى رغم الظلم الذي لحق بهم من قِبَل السلطات الإسرائيلية، وفي مقدّمة وجوهه بيع أكثر من 5000 آلاف من أطفالهم للتبنّي للعائلات الإشكنازية والأميركية، ومعاملتهم أقلّ من أقرانهم اليهود الغربيين، إلا أن أبناءهم انخرطوا في جيش العدو، وسرعان ما تحوّلوا إلى مواطنين إسرائيليين وشركاء فعليين في قتل الفلسطينيين والعرب.

إذاً ما تفاصيل هذه القضية؟ ولماذا كشف عنها العميد سريع الآن فقط؟ ألأن الوثيقة التي تحدّث عنها وصلت إلى أيدي القوات اليمنية مؤخراً؟ أم لأن ثمّة ارتباطاً مباشراً بين إعلان التطبيع، وتنفيذ هذا المشروع الذي هو ليس إلّا حلقة في سلسلة من المشاريع التي تستهدف اليمن وأمنه؟

«عين» الإمارات في صنعاء

اطّلعت «الأخبار» على وثيقتين سرّيتين: الأولى تحدّث عنها العميد سريع في خطابه الأخير، وهي صادرة عن سفارة دولة الإمارات في صنعاء؛ والثانية عبارة عن برقيّة مرسَلة من قِبَل جهاز الأمن القومي اليمني إلى الرئيس السابق علي عبد الله صالح. وفي التفاصيل، تحمل الوثيقة الأولى الرقم 1/1/4-11، وهي مؤرّخة بتاريخ 3/3/2004، ومرسَلة من سفير الإمارات لدى اليمن، حمد سعيد الزعابي، إلى وكيل وزارة الخارجية الإماراتية. وفيها يفيد السفير بأنه «زار اليمن مؤخراً وفدُ هيئة التراث اليمني اليهودية، والتقى العديد من المسؤولين اليمنيين، بِمَن فيهم الرئيس علي عبد الله صالح». ويتابع أنه «تأتي زيارة الوفد المكوّن من يحيى مرجى من يهود إسرائيل، وإبراهيم يحيى يعقوب من حاملي الجنسية الأميركية، وسليمان جرافى، في إطار الجهود الصهيونية للتطبيع بين الدولة اليهودية واليمن». ويذكر أن الوفد تَقدّم بعدّة مطالب للمسؤولين اليمنيين شملت : «1- بناء متحف للتراث اليهودي في صنعاء. 2- تسوير قبر الشبزى، وهو أحد حاخامات اليهود في تعز. 3- تسوير مقابر اليهود في عدن ورادع ومختلف المناطق التي عاش فيها اليهود. 4- إعادة تجنيس 45 ألف يهودي من إسرائيل، و15 ألف أميركي يهودي بالجنسية اليمنية. 5- إنشاء معبد ومدرسة في ريدة». ووفقاً للسفير الإماراتي، فإن “هيئة التراث اليمنية” بعثت برسالة إلى رئيس الوزراء اليمني، تطلب فيها «بناء المتحف، موضحة أهميته وأسبابه، وحتى الآن لم يرد رئيس الوزراء على الطلب منتظراً ربّما تعليمات من الرئيس». وللدلالة على العلاقة التي كانت تربط بين الهيئة والمسؤولين اليمنيين السابقين، ولا سيما الرئيس، تلفت الوثيقة إلى أن «الرئيس صالح وعدهم ببناء المعبد والمدرسة في ريدة، وهي البلدة التي ولد فيها أبراهام، واستطاع أن يبني فيها فيلا أثناء زياراته لليمن، كما بنى أخ له اسمه سليمان، المقيم بإسرائيل، فيلا كذلك». إضافة إلى صالح، «التقى هؤلاء بنائب وزير الداخلية اليمني، اللواء مطهر المصري، الذي استقبلهم بحفاوة بالغة، ويبدو أنه على معرفة سابقة بهم، وذكر أنه سبق له أن زار إسرائيل بناءً على ترتيب منهم». كما «التقوا قائد المنطقة الشمالية – الغربية ورئيس مصلحة الجوازات، العميد علي محسن الأحمر، وطلب منه يحيى مرجى أثناء المقابلة تجنيس أولاده وأمهم المقيمين بإسرائيل». لا توضح الوثيقة سبب اهتمام السفير الزعابي بهذا اللقاء، وإن كان الهدف منه إطلاع وكيل وزارة الخارجية على الدور الذي يراد لصنعاء أن تلعبه في إطار ما سمّاه «التطبيع اليهودي اليمني»، والذي يندرج ضمن «مخطّط أكبر ترسمه الولايات المتحدة للمنطقة».

برقية جهاز الأمن القومي اليمني: بروس كاشدان قال إن مكان إقامته شبه الدائم في دبي


مع ذلك، ثمّة تفاصيل لافتة تَرِد في الوثيقة الثانية ربما تُفسّر ذلك الاهتمام؛ فتحت عنوان «سرّي للغاية»، يرسل رئيس جهاز الأمن القومي اليمني، علي محمد الآنسي، إلى الرئيس الراحل علي عبد الله صالح، برقية يعود تاريخها للعام 2007. أمّا موضوعها فهو : «المدعو / بروس كاشدان – المستشار الخاص لوزير الخارجية الإسرائيلي». وفيها يشير الآنسي إلى أنه «يودّ الجهاز أن يطلع فخامتكم بأن المذكور (كاشدان) زار بلادنا من 14/7/2007-16/7/2007 وأنه قد تمّت متابعة زيارته من قِبَل الجهاز بناءً على توجيهاتكم الرشيدة بتاريخ 2/2/2005 والتي تقضي بالانتباه عند تكرار زيارته إلى بلادنا». بحسب هذه البرقية، فإنه «خلال هذه الزيارة، عرّف المدعو/ كاشدان عن نفسه أثناء اللقاء (مع مسؤولين يمنيين بينهم أقرباء الرئيس صالح) بأنه يعمل مستشاراً خاصاً لوزير الخارجية الإسرائيلي، وأن مكان إقامته هو في دبي، وأنه يعتبر منسّقاً بين الحكومة الإسرائيلية وحكومة دبي. كما أشار إلى أنه يتنقّل في العديد من دول المنطقة، ومنها السعودية واليمن وجيبوتي، تحت غطاء رجل أعمال، وأنه يحمل جواز سفر أميركياً». وردّاً على استفسار حول دور كاشدان في اليمن، كان قد تَقدّم به وكيل جهاز الأمن القومي لقطاع العمليات الخارجية، العقيد عمار محمد عبد الله صالح، خلال اللقاء، أجاب الأول بأن «نشاطه في الجمهورية اليمنية لا يزال محدوداً جداً، وذلك بسبب تحفّظ الحكومة اليمنية على علاقاتها بإسرائيل، مشيراً إلى أنه قد التقى بالعديد من الشخصيات السياسية، مثل عبد الكريم الإرياني، وبعض المسؤولين في وزارة التخطيط، كما أنه التقى أيضاً بالعديد من رجال الأعمال اليمنيين». أمّا بالنسبة إلى الأهداف التي رغب كاشدان في تحقيقها من خلال زياراته المتكرّرة لليمن، فهي بحسب الوثيقة: «توسيع النشاط الاقتصادي الإسرائيلي في اليمن، والذي بدوره سيدير العجلة السياسية لاحقاً». إضافة إلى ذلك، يشير الآنسي إلى أن كاشدان «يرغب في تعزيز التعاون في مجال الأمن ومكافحة الإرهاب، وضمان أمن البحر الأحمر. وكذلك في المجال العسكري في تطوير وتحديث المعدات العسكرية وخفر السواحل. وأيضاً في المجال الزراعي والمياه». على هذه الخلفية، قَدّم جهاز الأمن القومي، في البرقية ذاتها، عدداً من التوصيات للرئيس؛ ومن بينها «الاكتفاء بالمقابلة التي عُقدت بين وكيل الجهاز لقطاع العمليات الخارجية وكاشدان، وعدم عقد أيّ مقابلات معه بصفته مستشار وزير الخارجية الإسرائيلي، من أيّ جهة رسمية داخل بلادنا»، إضافة إلى «حصر مسألة التعامل الإسرائيلي مع بلادنا في إطار العلاقات غير الرسمية بين المذكور والشخصيات التي تَعرّف عليها من مواطني بلادنا، ورصد هذه اللقاءات والتحركات بدقّة ومتابعتها استخبارياً وتوثيق الأدلّة المتعلقة بها أولاً بأول».
مع ذلك، لم يكن رأي جهاز الأمن القومي اليمني حاسماً في شأن تطبيع العلاقات مع كيان العدو؛ إذ أوصى الرئيس صالح بـ«دراسة أوجه التعاون التي اقترحها المذكور من حيث إيجابياتها وسلبياتها ومدى خدمتها لصالح بلادنا وتأثيرها على مصالحها للخروج برؤية استراتيجية، وفقاً لما تقدّم، مع تحديد نقطة التواصل مع المذكور في محل إقامته شبه الدائمة في دبي، إذا ما تمّ تحديد أيّ تعاون مستقبلي حول ما ذُكر».

إذاً، تتقاطع الوثيقتان عند كون الإمارات لعبت دوراً مهمّاً في إطار محاولة تطبيع العلاقات بين العدوّ واليمن، والدليل على ذلك يبرز في الاهتمام الذي أبداه السفير الإماراتي لدى صنعاء بزيارة “هيئة التراث اليهودية” إلى اليمن، وفي استضافة الإمارات، كاشدان، «بطل» تطبيع العلاقات الإسرائيلية – الخليجية، على أراضيها، منذ سنوات طويلة سبقت أصلاً زيارته لليمن!

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Further Betrayal of Palestinians

By The Muslim News

Global Research, October 07, 2020

The Muslim News 25 September 2020

The old idiom says, “possession is nine-tenths of the law”, but in the case of the dispossessed Palestinians, occupation represents one hundred per cent of the law after their land was usurped due to Israel’s creation some 82 years ago. Other Arab territories have been annexed in a succession of wars that followed too.

Justice is further away than ever with the UAE and Bahrain formally becoming the latest Arab countries to sell out their Palestinian brethren by normalising relations with Israel, despite Israel’s continued illegal military occupation of Palestinian land and the expansions of illegal settlements and destruction of Palestinian homes.

Both Arab dictators proceeded to formally sign agreements to normalise relations with Israel at a ceremony hosted by President, Donald Trump, the most pro-Israel US leader since Harry Truman who presided over the recognition of Israel in 1948.

Trump has torn up so many international conventions and norms by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, despite its special status, as well as handing over Syria’s Golan Heights that have been illegally occupied by Israel for over half a century.

Trump’s “No-Peace/Peace Plan” for Palestine. Netanyahu/Gantz Invited to White House to Discuss “Deal of the Century”

The move by the UAE and Bahrain to the Israeli camp is also a shift to realign the Middle East against Iran, described by Benjamin Netanyahu as Tel Aviv’s biggest enemy. Tehran was one of just a few countries to publicly condemn the normalisation of relations, describing it as “shameful” and a “humiliating act.”

Trump has tried to turn the rest of the world against Iran by trying to destroy the landmark nuclear deal by unilaterally withdrawing. According to Middle East Eye Editor, David Hearst, the new alliance in the Middle East could also be targeted against Turkey’s influence in the region.

The deal was brokered by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner and former British PM, Tony Blair, who called the deal “a massive and welcome opportunity to recast the politics of the region.”

The former envoy to the Middle East Quartet has spent much of his forced retirement time trying to encourage Arab countries to build cooperation with Israel based on a “shared outlook.”

He is credited with turning the accepted formula of “peace with the Palestinians before normalisation” on its head by effectively relegating their legitimate aspirations for a viable state to the back of the queue.

Perplexingly, apart from dangling the prospects of more US military sales, the UAE is reported to have received a pledge from Netanyahu that Israel will temporarily suspend its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, not to carry out the usurpation of territories already illegally seized for decades.

The new alliances are a further trampling of Palestinian rights by Israel’s incessant illicit encroachments. The theft of their land is a legacy of British colonialism and placing a special responsibility on the UK to put right before might.

The latest Arab alliance, which some suspect comes ahead of Saudi Arabia following suit, is a sad day, not just a more betrayal and as such sets a precedent that there is little sense of justice left in the world.

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Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Exposes Relationship of Former Regime with Zionist Entity, role of the UAE

2020-10-05 06

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The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, revealed on Sunday with the documents, part of the relationship of former regime with the Zionist entity and Israeli interference in Yemen . He said that advisor to the Israeli Foreign Minister, Bruce Kashdan, arrived in Sana’a on July 14, 2007 for an unannounced visit that lasted for two days.

According to the document, on the unannounced visit in July 2007, the Israeli official met  military and security leaders, relatives of former President Ali Saleh. The document added that the visit was arranged by Yemeni officials in addition to the role of the United Arab Emirates

The National Security Agency document during the previous regime revealed: Israeli official’s Kashdan, visit in 2007 was the 2nd of its kind, after a previous visit on February 2, 2005. During the visit of the Israeli official, cooperation with officials in the authority at the time in the security field and the security of the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab. The military, agricultural and tourism fields, commercial cooperation and permitting of Israeli products to the Yemeni market were discussed


The document added: One of the most important issues was allowing civil aviation and preparation for signing an agreement that allowing Israeli civil aviation to cross Yemen’s airspace.

A document issued by the UAE embassy in Sana’a:  Jewish delegation visiting Sana’a asked officials to naturalize approximately 60,000 Israelis with Yemeni nationality, 15,000 of whom have American citizenship. The Emirati ambassador in Sanaa, Hamad Saeed Al-Zaabi, in a memorandum to the UAE FM in 2004: “Yemeni-Jewish normalization” is part of a larger scheme drawn up by USA.

Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e pointed out  On May 19, 1997, the American ambassador praised Sana’a for the decision of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who decided to cancel the boycott of the second and third levels. He indicated that the former regime has gradually proceeded with normalization with the Zionist enemy and the preparation of the Yemeni arena for it.  Confronting the aggression is the only option, and standing in the face of the Israeli plot is to protect Yemen.

He said that “ We have other evidence of the Israeli military participation in the aggression, and it will be revealed in due course”.  He added that the battle with the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen today is a fateful battle, and standing against the aggression is standing in the face of Israeli plans, and it is a correct and correct position.

Brigadier General Sare’e indicated that the normalization of relations between the regimes and authorities of the countries of aggression and the Israeli entity participating in the aggression against our country confirms that Yemen is indeed in the right position, and that the option of confrontation and steadfastness is the option that cannot be reversed. He  renewed the call for local mercenaries who work for the benefit of foreign powers to return to the right path.

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محمد صادق الحسيني

يخوض الأميركي المتقهقر والمأزوم في لحظاته الأكثر حرجاً كدولة عظمى حرباً مفتوحة ضدّ محور المقاومة والممانعة

وإصدقائه الدوليين في أكثر من ساحة.

وهو يناور علناً ومن دون مواربة بفلول داعش على هذه الساحات محاولاً مشاغلتنا عن المهمة الأصلية وهي كسره وكسر قاعدته على اليابسة الفلسطينية.

قبل فترة ليست ببعيدة وصلنا تقرير خاص وهامّ تحت عنوان:

خطط التفجير الأميركية القادمة في الدول العربية ودول آسيا الوسطى…

وجاء فيه ضمن ما جاء:

“أفاد مصدر استخباري أوروبي، متخصّص في تتبّع تحركات العناصر الإرهابية في الشرق الأوسط ودول آسيا الوسطى والصين… بأنه وفي إطار التحرك الاستراتيجي الأميركي، لاستكمال تطويق الصين وروسيا والاستعداد للتوجه الى بحر الصين والتمركز هناك، قامت الجهات الأميركية المعنية بانشاء قيادة عسكرية عامة موحدة لـ “المجاهدين”، على طريقة قيادة “المجاهدين” في ثمانينيات القرن الماضي.

وقد كانت أولى خطوات التنفيذ، في هذا المخطط، هي التالية:

تكليف تركيا بإقامة معسكرات تدريب لعناصر داعش، الذين سيتمّ نقلهم الى الدول الأفريقية، بما في ذلك مصر، والإشراف على عمليات تدريب وإعداد المسلحين ومتابعة عملياتهم الميدانية مستقبلاً في اكثر من ساحة عربية وإسلامية أخرى أيضاً.
تكليف قطر بتمويل كافة عمليات التدريب والتأهيل والتسليح
لهذه المجموعات.

أنجزت الجهات المعنية، تركيا وقطر، إقامة معسكرين كبيرين للتدريب في الأراضي الليبية، يضمّان الفين وستمئة وثمانين فرداً.
تكليف السعودية والإمارات بتمويل وإدارة معسكرات التدريب، الموجودة في مناطق سيطرة قوات حزب الإصلاح (اليمني)، والتي ستستخدم في إعداد المسلحين الذين سيتمّ نشرهم في دول وسط آسيا وغرب الصين.
تضمّ هذه المعسكرات ثلاثة آلاف وثمانمئة واثنين واربعين فرداً، من جنسيات مختلفة.
سيتمّ نقل ألف فرد منهم، بإشراف أميركي سعودي وبالتعاون مع الاستخبارات الباكستانية، الى مناطق بلوشستان، والذين سيكلفون بتعزيز المجموعات الإرهابية المتطرفة الموجودة في منطقة الحدود الباكستانية الإيرانية. علماً انّ هذه المجموعات مكلفة بالإعداد لتنفيذ عمليات عسكرية داخل إيران.
بينما سيتمّ نقل الف واربعمئة وستين فرداً منهم (عديد لواء مسلح)، وهم من قومية الايغور الصينية، الى ولاية بدخشان الأفغانية، المحاذية للحدود الصينية من الغرب.
كما سيتم نقل أربعمئة وستين فرداً من عديد اللواء المشار اليه اعلاه، الى الجزء الشمالي من بدخشان (تسمّى غورنو بَدْخَشان في طاجيكستان) والواقع في جنوب شرق طاجيكستان، بمحاذاة الحدود مع الصين، والذين سيجري نشرهم في جبال مقاطعة مورغوب وهي جزء من سلسلة جبال بامير الشاهقة. علماً أن مدينة مورغاب عاصمة هذه المقاطعة لا تبعد أكثر من ثمانين كيلو متراً عن حدود الصين الغربية.
علماً أنّ التكتيك الأميركي، المتعلق بالصين، والذي يتمّ تطبيقه عبر المناورة بفلول داعش التي يُعاد تدويرها، لا يعني أبداً الابتعاد عن استراتيجية الرحيل من الشرق الأوسط الى الشرق (مضيق مالاقاه وبحار الصين)، وإنما هو جزء من هذه الاستراتيجية، التي تهدف الى إضعاف الصين، عبر إثارة الفوضى وبؤر الصراع العسكري بين الأعراق المختلفة فيها، قبل الدخول في مفاوضات جدّية معها”.

انتهى نص التقرير.

وهدفنا من نقل هذا التقرير كما هو الآن أمران:

أولاً – ما يجري في شمال لبنان من عمل إرهابي تصاعدي منظم وممنهج.

ثانياً – ما يجري من معركة مفتوحة لجرح قديم عنوانه النزاع الاذربيجاني – الأرميني على إقليم ناغورنو كاراباخ.

في ما يخصّ لبنان لا بدّ لنا أن ننبّه كلّ من يهمّه الأمر في لبنان العزيز بأنّ الهدف هو ليس استنزاف الجيش اللبناني المظلوم فحسب، وإشغال القوى الحية والمقاومة ومحاولة حرفها عن القيام بالكفاح من أجل وقف الهجوم الأميركي الصهيوني على المقاومة وإنما:

محاولة فتح جبهة جديدة برعاية تركية أردوغانية لاستكمال ما بدأه الأميركان من خلال تفجير مرفأ بيروت الى توسعة المشاغلة بمجموعات إرهابية متجدّدة التدريب والمهام وبرعاية عملاء داخليين معروفين…!

والهدف النهائي هو السيطرة على ميناء طرابلس كقاعدة ارتكاز لكلّ المنطقة وصولاً الى حمص والساحل السوري…!

وإنْ لم يستطيعوا ذلك فقد يلجأون الى تفجير ميناء طرابلس كما حصل لميناء بيروت…!

المصادر المتابعة والمتخصصة في هذا السياق تؤكد بانّ هذا الهجوم الأميركي في الجوهر إنما هو الجناح الثاني للهجوم الأميركي الذي تقوم به فرنسا انطلاقاً من بيروت (المبادرة وحكاية قصر الصنوبر) لصالح أميركا والعدو الصهيوني وهدف الجناحين وإنْ اختلفا أو تمايزا بالمطامع والطموحات الخاصة الا أنهما يشتركان في الهدف الاستراتيجي الذي يقوده الأميركي لصالح العدو الصهيوني ألا وهو:

إعلان ميناءي حيفا واشدود بديلاً من كلّ موانئ بلاد الشام العربية المتوسطيّة…!

حيث يتمّ بذلك الآن بعناية بالغة من خلال ربط الجزيرة العربية إما من ميناء ينبع السعودي إلى اشدود أو عبر الأردن بحيفا…!

والهدف الاستراتيجي الأبعد هو تجاوز كلٍّ من قناة السويس وباب المندب ومضيق هرمز…!

وأما في ما يتعلق بالنزاع الاذربيجاني الأرميني فإنّ هدف أميركا النهائي (عبر أردوغان بالطبع) فهو تعزيز الحشد الاستراتيجي ضدّ كلٍّ من إيران وروسيا والصين..!

بالطبع ثمة مطامع تركية خاصة كأن تهتمّ تركيا كثيراً بوصل جغرافيتها بأذربيجان الغربية الميول من خلال مرحلتين:

العودة الى 1994 ايّ استعادة ما خسرته باكو هناك في تلك الفترة من اندلاع النزاع، ومن ثم استكمال القتال لضمّ كلّ الإقليم الأرميني الى أذربيجان…!

من المعلوم أنّ غرفة العمليات التي تقود المستشارين الأتراك في اذربيجان والقوات الاذربيحانية التي تقاتل على تخوم إقليم ناغورنو كاراباخ ومعها نحو ٤ آلاف مرتزق داعشي من عرقيّات دول آسيا الوسطى والقوقاز من إدلب، انما هم مجموعة جنرالات إسرائيليّون كبار ومعهم ضباط أميركيون…!

والهدف التكتيكي هو محاولة استدراج الروس والإيرانيين الى هذا النزاع الإقليمي في محاولة لجسّ نبض مدى صلابة الجبهة الأورا آسيوية التي تعمل عليها موسكو منذ مدة لمواجهة تمدّدات حلف الأطلسي هناك، والتي كانت مناورات القوقاز 2020 قبل يومين واحدة من أهمّ عمليات التنسيق الاستراتيجية الكبرى بين كلّ من روسيا والصين وإيران والباكستان لهذا الغرض…!

تجدر الإشارة الى أنّ هذا الحشد المضادّ لثلاثي دول الشرق الكبرى شمالاً، هو نفسه يجري في سياق ما سُمّي بالتطبيع مع بقايا قراصنة الساحل جنوباً، والمتمثل بالإنزال الإسرائيلي في أبو ظبي…

ايّ مشاغلة هذه القوى الثلاثية الصاعدة بصورة كماشة شمالاً من بحر قزوين (اذربيجان) وجنوباً من بحر خليج فارس…!

لكن ما غاب عن مخيّلة الكاو بوي الأميركي هو أنّ كلتا الساحتين الشمالية والجنوبية إنما يعتبران بمثابة البطن الرخوة لايّ معتد او غاز أجنبي سواء ذلك القادم من أعالي البحار او ذلك المتنطع لدور أكبر منه عثمانياً كان أو إسرائيلياً، ذلك بأنه يفتقد للعمق الاستراتيجي المفتوح على مدى الهضبة الإيرانية المقاومة والعصيّة على الاحتلال او التبعية والرضوخ منذ قرون، على الأقلّ منذ العام 1826 حيث توقفت آخر غزوات القياصرة الروس هناك على يد المصلح الإيراني الكبير أبو القاسم قائم مقام فراهاني، والذي دفع حياته ثمناً لهذه المقاومة والممانعة التي حفظت وحدة الأراضي الإيرانية الحالية في ما بعد، بتآمر القياصرة الروس ضده وقتله خنقاً في آخر عهد الملك القاجاري فتح عليشاه…!

وطهران الجغرافيا التي كانت محلّ اجتماع القوى العظمى عام 1943 يوم اجتمع روزفلت وستالين وتشرشل فيها، وهو ما عُرف بقمة النصر ومن ثم الانطلاق لكسر المدّ النازي في آسيا الوسطى والقوقاز عبر أراضيها والذي سُمّي بطريق النصر لإخراج جيوش هتلر من هذه المنطقة، وهي محتلة (أيّ طهران) من قبل الحلفاء، طهران هذه وقد باتت اليوم الثورية والمستقلة والمسلمة والمسدّدة بقيادة عالية الحكمة والحنكة لهي قادرة أكثر من أيّ وقت مضى لصدّ هجوم الشمال كما هجوم الجنوب الأميركيين بكلّ جدارة واقتدار…!

لن يمضي وقت كثير ونرى خروج المحتلين عثمانيين كانوا أم إسرائيليين وكلاء، او أميركيين أصلاء.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

The House of Saud Struggles to Normalize Ties with “Israel” As It Sinks in the Yemeni Swamp

The House of Saud Struggles to Normalize Ties with “Israel” As It Sinks in the Yemeni Swamp

By Staff

The father and son relationship between Saudi King Salman and his son the Crown Prince – Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] – is at crossroads regarding the methods in which normalization with the apartheid “Israeli” entity would occur; though the sand kingdom is over its head regarding the consequences of the brutal war it waged on Yemen.

MBS is interested in a normalization with the entity, while King Salman likes the so-called “Arab Peace Initiative”, but the war in Yemen and threats to the Crown Prince at home are keeping them busy.

In a rare speech this week, Salman said Saudi Arabia still adheres to the so-called “Arab Peace Initiative”, which conditions normalization on an “Israeli” withdrawal to the 1967 lines and the establishment of a Palestinian state. But MBS wants to speed up normalization as part of his strategic and, above all, economic vision.

In his speech, King Salman focused on regional affairs: Iran and the “Israeli”-Palestinian so-called “peace” process – though he never mentioned the “Israeli’ entity’s normalization with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Was he trying to prove that he’s still in control of his kingdom and that he still sets foreign policy? Is this an intergenerational dispute, pitting the son’s project against the father’s traditional attitudes?

Saudi Arabia’s decision-making processes are enigmatic, as are relationships among members of the royal family and the kingdom’s domestic and foreign-policy considerations.

Yet, Saudi-“Israeli” normalization – which Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser announced will be happening very soon – seemed to be delayed.

Moreover, it’s not clear whether the delay is a matter of principle – that is, until a Palestinian state arises, or at least until “Israeli”-Palestinian negotiations resume – as King Salman said, or only a temporary one, until MBS manages to persuade him.

The difference in the two royals’ positions also raises another question. Saudi Arabia has provided an umbrella for the latest “peace” deals. Not only did it not condemn them, it praised the UAE and Bahrain for taking this step, which was coordinated with MBS, and opened its airspace to flights to and from the “Israeli” entity.

Not to mention, the public opinion in Saudi Arabia for a historic turnabout in the sand kingdom’s relationship with the “Israeli” entity is being paved.

Though, one issue stays unresolved.

It’s clear that Riyadh need to make peace with Washington, either before or as part of a deal with the “Israeli” entity. The main dispute between them is the war in Yemen, which began after King Salman was crowned in 2015.

In this war, the Saudi and UAE armies have treated Yemen’s civilian population brutally and used American weapons to do so. More than 125,000 people have been martyred, including 14,000 who were killed in deliberate attacks on civilian targets.

Hence, the Saudis’ aggression on Yemen has reappeared on the Washington agenda due to a partially classified report on US involvement in the conflict written by the State Department’s inspector general. The document’s unclassified sections, which were reported in the American media, reveal the magnitude of war crimes by Saudi and Emirati forces and their mercenaries, to the point that the US faces a risk of prosecution at the International Criminal Court.

Oona Hathaway, a former Department of Defense lawyer and now a Yale professor, told The New York Times: “If I were in the State Department, I would be freaking out about my potential for liability. I think anyone who’s involved in this program should get themselves a lawyer.”

Public and international pressure led Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, to freeze an arms deal with Riyadh in 2016 as a way of pressuring the Saudis to change their tactics in Yemen. One year later, Trump reversed that decision and opened the floodgates of US arms sales to the Saudis.

To Trump, Saudi Arabia, he said, has “nothing but cash,” which it uses to buy American services, protection and other goods. Regarding the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, he said the Saudis “don’t know how to use” American weapons.

Congress didn’t believe Trump’s explanations, and in April 2019, it passed a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to US military involvement in Yemen. Trump vetoed the resolution and circumvented the ban on arms sales to Riyadh by declaring a state of emergency over Iran, which allowed him to continue complying with Saudi requests.

The US government did budget $750 million to train Saudi soldiers and pilots on fighting in populated areas, with the goal of reducing harm to civilians. It also gave the Saudis a list of 33,000 targets they shouldn’t strike. But the Saudis don’t seem to have been overly impressed, and violations continue to this day.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, the UAE understood the dangers of its involvement in the war in Yemen and withdrew its forces, overcoming the ban on selling it F-35 fighter jets and other arms. It then overcame the “Israeli” obstacle by signing this month’s so-called “peace” deal.

MBS, who started the war in Yemen along with his father, is still wallowing in the Yemeni swamp that has complicated his relationship with the US. And that’s on top of his resounding failures in managing the Kingdom’s foreign policy, like forcing then-Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, imposing a blockade on Qatar, waging an unsuccessful oil war with Russia that sent prices plummeting and abandoning the Palestinian issue.

Domestic issues haven’t gone that well for MBS either. His Vision 2030 is stumbling. The Kingdom’s treasury has had problems funding megalomaniac projects like his city of the future, which is supposed to involve three countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan), diversify Saudi Arabia’s sources of income and reduce its dependence on oil. So far, it remains on paper.

He did boast an impressive achievement in the war on corruption when he detained dozens of billionaires at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and shook them down, but this was more about squeezing his political rivals’ windpipes than fighting corruption.

Accordingly, MBS can only envy his friend, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed [MBZ], the UAE’s de facto ruler who extricated his country from the war in Yemen and became Washington’s darling – not only because he normalized ties with the “Israeli” entity. And above all, he isn’t surrounded by hostile relatives.

So the question arises: Did all this happen in defiance of Salman’s wishes?

MBS who according to US intelligence didn’t hesitate to put his own mother under house arrest and keep her away from his father for fear she would work against him – may also prove to be someone who doesn’t see obeying his parents as a cardinal virtue. King Salman may be able to give speeches in support of the Palestinians, but his son, as defense minister, has the power to stage a coup against his father if he thinks this will serve him or his agenda, which might yet include normalizing ties with “Israeli” entity.

تضيّق على رافضي التطبيع.. الإمارات تمنع الكاتبة ظبية خميس من السفر

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المصدر: وكالات اليوم 23:43

أبو ظبي تمنع الكاتبة الإماراتية ظبية خميس من السفر، والأخيرة تقول إن السبب يعود لمناهضتها إتفاقية التطبيع الإماراتي مع “إسرائيل”، وتحمل السلطات الإماراتية المسؤولية عن أي أذى قد تتعرض له.

تضيّق على رافضي التطبيع.. الإمارات تمنع الكاتبة ظبية خميس من السفر
الكاتبة الإماراتية ظبية خميس

اعلنت الكاتبة الإماراتية ظبية خميس (1958) أنها منعت من السفر بقرار من أبو ظبي، وذلك خلال تواجدها في مطار دبي بانتظار الطائرة التي تقلها إلى القاهرة.  

وفي حين لم تفصح السلطات الإماراتية عن أسباب المنع، فإن خميس رجّحت أن السبب يعود “على الأغلب لمواقفي المعلنة ضد الصهيونية والتطبيع”، مضيفة “أخشى على حريتي وحياتي من التهديد والاعتقال”.

وفي رسالة نشرتها على حساباتها على مواقع التواصل طالبت خميس بإيصال صوتها إلى منظمات حقوق الإنسان في أي مكان، محملة حكومة الإمارات كامل المسؤولية عن أي قمع أو اعتقال أو اغتيال أو تصفية قد تتعرض لها.

وقالت خميس في رسالة على “فيسبوك”: “أنا الكاتبة الإماراتية ظبية خميس تم منعي من السفر اليوم بقرار صادر من أبو ظبي دون إبداء الأسباب من مطار دبي في رحلة على طيران الإمارات للقاهرة بتاريخ 26-9-2020 والأغلب لمواقفي المعلنة ضد الصهيونية والتطبيع، وأخشى على حريتي وحياتي من التهديد والإعتقال. بلاغ لمنظمات حقوق الإنسان”.

وتفاعل ناشطون ومناهضون للتطبيع في الاوساط الثقافية العربية مع نبأ منع خميس من السفر بشكل واسع، وأعلنوا تضامنهم معها.

وعقب إعلان الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب اتفاق التطبيع بين الإمارات و”إسرائيل”، اعلنت خميس رفضها له، وقالت “(إنه) يوم حزين وكارثي. لا للتطبيع بين إسرائيل والإمارات ودول الخليج العربي. إسرائيل هي عدو الأمة العربية بأسرها”.

يذكر أن ظبية خميس حاصلة على بكالوريوس في العلوم السياسية من جامعة انديانا سنة 1980، وأتمّت دراسات عليا في جامعتي إكستر ولندن، ثم في الجامعة الأميركية بالقاهرة.

وعملت مشرفة على البرامج الثقافية في “تلفزيون دبي.” وتعيش في القاهرة منذ العام 1989.

ولها دواوين شعرية عديدة ومؤلفات قصصية ودراسات.

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Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

September 25, 2020

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

This week, a third Arab country has reportedly agreed to submit to Washington’s pressure to normalize relations with the Zionist state. This was very much expected and I’m sure it didn’t catch most observers by surprise. In the end, I expect most of the shameful Arab League to submit since it is known that most of them have had secret dealings with the Zionist state since many years, if not decades ago. So why come out of the closet now? What is the purpose of these “peace agreements?”

Personal I find it rather humorous that they are calling these deals “peace agreements” since peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other. But the purpose of these deals are unfortunately not to make us laugh, but to intimidate.

Washington has realized that it cannot remain in the Middle East for ever. This is not because the Islamic Republic of Iran has vowed to expel them, but because reality has finally caught up to them. They are hated in this region, every act of terror that they commit against the people of this region, be it through sanctions or bombs- will attract more support for the Resistance Axis, the only force that truly fights them in the Middle East.

Moreover, their own people have grown tired of these constant wars and acts of terror overseas, and with a 22 trillion dollar debt, their economy is no longer what it used to be. On top of that, they’ve been humiliated by their own allies on the world stage, who refuse to re-impose sanctions and embargoes on the Islamic Republic – despite the constant threats issued by the likes of Mike Pompeo.

Taking a step back from its traditional role of lead terrorizer of the world is also an outspoken foreign policy issue for US President Donald Trump. Trump has on many occasions made it clear that he considers many of Washington’s allies to be “free-riding” on Washington’s “generosity”. He has repeatedly told his NATO allies that they “must pay” for Washington’s supposed protection. The same has been said about Washington’s Persian Gulf vassals. I know some people would say these statements by Trump are just excuses to redeploy US troops closer to Russia and China, but if we play with the idea that Trump perhaps isn’t the 5-dimensional chess player that some believe him to be, I would say this:

Trump has been an outspoken critic of Washington’s role in the Middle East. He even admitted himself that Washington has killed “hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East” and that “the single greatest mistake we ever made was to go to the Middle East”.

So this takes us back to the so called “peace agreements”. Both the timing and the way they were presented by the media gives us many clues as to what Washington’s intentions are. Western diplomats, think tanks and journalists have been quick to call the “peace agreements” a “nightmare for Iran” and a “a major geo-strategic shift in the region”. Brian Hook, the former US State Department’s lead official on Iran, said the “agreement amounted to a ‘nightmare’ for Iran in its efforts against Israel in the region.” But why? What is their reasoning?

At first glance, if one were to follow the Western narrative, it would seem that Washington’s allies have all united against the Islamic Republic and now stand to offer a collective deterrence against Iran. But anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of Middle Eastern politics would reach the same conclusions that were stated above – peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other.

Of course the timing for President Trump is also perfect. A few months before the US elections, he presents his own version of the Camp David Accords, which resulted in the normalization of relations between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He will certainly portray this as a great political victory for him at home.

But what Washington is really doing is merely posturing. This is what they’ve been doing for over 4 decades against the Islamic Republic. For Washington this will be a great way to exit the region without being thrown out and without compromising Israel’s security. But they’re not kidding themselves, they know that nothing has changed and that this is just more of a PR stunt than it is a “diplomatic coup”. Let’s be honest, no country will ever fear Bahrain or the UAE, and Washington knows this. Collectively the Arab League’s military forces would offer little resistance in a regional war against the Resistance Axis. These are the same Arab League armies that cannot even defeat the Houthis in Yemen despite massive Western assistance. Not only are they extremely incompetent, as proven on multiple occasions in Yemen where the Saudi Air Force has bombed their own forces on the ground, but they are also cowards, again proven in Yemen where Saudi forces have been filmed abandoning their superior US-made vehicles and running away from the field of battle.

It would seem that Washington’s eventual withdrawal from the Middle East is to the detriment of Israel’s interests rather than to the benefit. Unless of course we forget that Israel possesses nuclear weapons and that it probably won’t be long before the US and Israel will arm Saudi Arabia with Nuclear Weapons to target Iran. But still, the secret dealings between Israel and “some Arab states” as Zionist Chieftain Benjamin Netanyahu said years ago, the not-so-secret Israeli Nuclear Weapons arsenal and the fact that Washington’s potential “taking a step back” policy does not really mean that it wouldn’t come to the aid of Israel in a matter of minutes, don’t really strike anyone in the region as “shocking news”.

So what have these “Peace Agreements” really shown us? Nothing really. We all knew this day would come eventually. They were cautious when they sent the UAE and Bahrain out of the closet first, dipping their toes into the water to see the reaction of the people in the region. Seeing how the Arab league and most other countries didn’t really react with outrage, they are now sending more countries to step out and admit their shameful alliance with Israel. Really, the only thing that the Gulf monarchies have achieved is to write their own names into the history books as the shameful allies of a terrorist state. We have yet to see [at the time of writing 2020-09-25] which country will be the “third Arab state” to sign the agreement with the Zionist state, but it matters not, camps were chosen long ago despite not having been declared officially by some countries.

My bets are on Morocco by the way.

Are You Feeling Safer? ‘War of the Worlds’ Pits U.S. and Israel Against Everyone Else

By Philip Giraldi

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The media being focused on an upcoming election, coronavirus, fires on the West Coast and burgeoning BLM and Antifa unrest, it is perhaps no surprise that some stories are not exactly making it through to the evening news. Last week an important vote in the United Nations General Assembly went heavily against the United States. It was regarding a non-binding resolution that sought to suspend all economic sanctions worldwide while the coronavirus cases continue to increase. It called for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic and its consequences.” It was a humanitarian gesture to help overwhelmed governments and health care systems cope with the pandemic by having a free hand to import food and medicines.

The final tally was 169 to 2, with only Israel and the United States voting against. Both governments apparently viewed the U.N. resolution as problematical because they fully support the unilateral economic warfare that they have been waging to bring about regime change in countries like Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Sanctions imposed on those countries are designed to punish the people more than the governments in the expectation that there will be an uprising to bring about regime change. This, of course, has never actually happened as a consequence of sanctions and all that is really delivered is suffering. When they cast their ballots, some delegates at the U.N. might even have been recalling former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s claim that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children due to U.S. imposed sanctions had been “worth it.”

Clearly, a huge majority of the world’s governments, to include the closest U.S. allies, no longer buy the American big lie when it claims to be the leader of the free world, a promoter of liberal democracy and a force for good.  The vote prompted one observer, John Whitbeck, a former international lawyer based in Paris, to comment how “On almost every significant issue facing mankind and the planet, it is Israel and the United States against mankind and the planet.”

The United Nations was not the only venue where the U.S. was able to demonstrate what kind of nation it has become. Estimates of how many civilians have been killed directly or indirectly as a consequence of the so-called Global War on Terror initiated by George W. Bush are in the millions, with roughly 4 million being frequently cited. Nearly all of the dead have been Muslims. Now there is a new estimate of the number of civilians that have fled their homes as a result of the worldwide conflict initiated by Washington and its dwindling number of allies since 2001. The estimate comes from Brown University’s “Costs of War Project,” which has issued a report Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States Post-9/11 Wars that seeks to quantify those who have “fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001.”

The project tracks the number of refugees, asylum seekers applying for refugee status, and internally displaced people or persons (IDPs) in the countries that America and its allies have most targeted since 9/11: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. All are predominantly Muslim countries with the sole exception of the Philippines, which has a large Muslim minority.

The estimate suggests that between 37 and 59 million civilians have become displaced, with an extremely sharp increase occurring in the past year when the total was calculated to be 21 million. The largest number of those displaced were from Iraq, where fighting against Islamic State has been intermittent, estimated at 9.2 million. Syria, which has seen fighting between the government and various foreign supported insurgencies, had the second-highest number of displacements at 7.1 million. Afghanistan, which has seen a resurgent Taliban, was third having an estimated 5.3 million people displaced.

The authors of the report observe that even the lower figure of 37 million is “almost as large as the population of Canada” and “more than those displaced by any other war or disaster since at least the start of the 20th century with the sole exception of World War II.” And it is also important to note what is not included in the study. The report has excluded sub-Saharan Africa as well as several Arab nations generally considered to be U.S. allies. These constitute “the millions more who have been displaced by other post-9/11 conflicts where U.S. forces have been involved in ‘counterterror’ activities in more limited yet significant ways, including in: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.”

Yemen should be added to that list given U.S. military materiel assistance that has enabled the Saudi Arabian bombing attacks on that country, also producing a wave of refugees. There are also reports that the White House is becoming concerned over the situation in Yemen as pressure is growing to initiate an international investigation of the Saudi war crimes in that civilian infrastructure targets to include hospitals and schools are being deliberately targeted.

And even the United States Congress has begun to notice that something bad is taking place as there is growing concern that both the Saudi and U.S. governments might be charged with war crimes over the civilian deaths. Reports are now suggesting that as early as 2016, when Barack Obama was still president, the State Department’s legal office concluded that “top American officials could be charged with war crimes for approving bomb sales to the Saudis and their partners” that have killed more than 125,000 including at least 13,400 targeted civilians.

That conclusion preceded the steps undertaken by the Donald Trump White House to make arms sales to the Saudis and their allies in the United Arab Emirates central to his foreign policy, a program that has become an integral part of the promotion of the “Deal of the Century” Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Given that, current senior State Department officials have repressed the assessment made in 2016 and have also “gone to great lengths” to conceal the legal office finding. A State Department inspector general investigation earlier this year considered the Department’s failure to address the legal risks of selling offensive weapons to the Saudis, but the details were hidden by placing them in a classified part of the public report released in August, heavily redacted so that even Congressmen with high level access could not see them.

Democrats in Congress, which had previously blocked some arms sales in the conflict, are looking into the Saudi connection because it can do damage to Trump, but it would be far better if they were to look at what the United States and Israel have been up to more generally speaking. The U.S. benefits from the fact that even though international judges and tribunals are increasingly embracing the concept of holding Americans accountable for war crimes since the start of the GWOT, U.S. refusal to cooperate has been daunting. Last March, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague authorized its chief prosecutor to open an investigation into U.S. crimes in Afghanistan the White House reacted by imposing sanctions on the chief prosecutor and his staff lawyer. And Washington has also warned that any tribunal going after Israel will face the wrath of the United States.

Nevertheless, when you are on the losing side on a vote in a respected international body by 169 to 2 someone in Washington should at least be smart enough to discern that something is very, very wrong. But I wouldn’t count on anyone named Trump or Biden to work that out.

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

Analyst: An Islamic and United Front against Normalization

Analyst: An Islamic and United Front against Normalization

By Nour Rida

There has been recent agreements between the UAE and Bahrain with ‘Israel’ to open formal diplomatic ties as total departure from the Arab consensus over the resolution of the Palestinian issue. ‘Israel’ and the UAE on August 13 reached a deal that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement apparently brokered by US President Donald Trump. Bahrain also signed the controversial and US-brokered normalization agreements with ‘Israel’ during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.

Commenting on the matter, political analyst and expert on Palestinian affairs, and also professor at the University of Tehran Dr. Hadi Borhani told al-Ahed news “At a certain point, all the countries of this region had opposed the presence of the ‘Israeli’ entity in the Middle East and this totally makes sense. ‘Israel’ and the ‘Israelis’ do not belong to the Middle East, they came from thousands of kilometers away from Europe. Their issue was an issue with Europe to begin with, and the British colonialists were the ones who exported this issue to the Middle East by bringing the ‘Israelis’ to the region. The people of the region are well aware of the Sikes-Picot agreement, the Balfour declaration issued by the British government and they saw with their bare eyes how ‘Israel’ occupied Arab and Muslim lands, kicked out its people and removed Palestine off the world map.”

According to the analyst, every person who has reason understands the ‘Israeli’ project and its aggressions and acknowledges it is an occupation. “The majority of the people of the region do enjoy this sense of reason and have eyes that see the reality, including regular people and rulers and officials. This is the general atmosphere. However, some country rulers and governments were pushed into this treason, as ‘Israel’ exploits their weakness points. The major issue in the region, in my opinion, is that Arab governments are busy accusing each other of extremism, westernization, and orientalism and turned these conflict with ‘Israeli’ to one among themselves.”

He went on to explain “You see this in the wars between Arab nationalism and Arab kingdoms, Islamist versus nationalist, etc. If these countries try to respect each other and put differences aside, then they can remain united in face of the ‘Israeli’ occupation and presence in the region. We also see pressure put on Egypt by cutting off the Nile waters, and on Sudan by promising it will be removed off the list of supporters of terrorism if it acknowledges ‘Israel’ as an independent state, and so on.”

Dr. Borhani also noted that “The region does not stand in a right position. If the governments of the region do not wake up and decide to take a serious stance on the presence of the ‘Israeli’ occupation, then the situation will keep deteriorating and it will take the region into historical misery. The countries of this region must be able to see and understand the history of this issue well and make a serious decision to get out of this cycle of humiliation. The first step towards such an accomplishment would be to recognize each other’s existence and differences in opinion and position. The countries of the region must avoid division and enmity and find areas of cooperation and synergy.”

As the expert expresses, “According to Imam Khomeini, if Muslims do not disperse, and unite together, and each one of them pours a bucket of water on ‘Israel’ that would be enough to solve the problem. But without such cooperation, even the most advanced weapons cannot do anything because these weapons are used to weaken each other and that strengthens ‘Israel.’”

Touching on Kuwait’s stance, Dr. Borhani praised Kuwait for its good position on the Palestinian issue. “Kuwait’s relations with Palestine are rooted in history. This position is not only limited to its rejection to the normalization with ‘Israel’ today. Many Palestinian refugees grew up in Kuwait. Many pro-Palestinian organizations were supported by Kuwait as well. This all goes back to the status of Kuwait; its democracy is the best among the GCC and many Arab league countries. Also, the Assembly of the nation of Kuwait is a real assembly and that makes the voice of the people heard. The majority of people in Kuwait oppose ‘Israeli’ presence, and so the resistance against ‘Israel’ will continue in that small country. Moreover, Kuwait is a country of education and culture and this matters a lot. Hence, we can say that the Kuwaiti people are aware of the history of the region and the history of colonization and the occupation of Palestine. This awareness for sure has a positive effect on Kuwait’s position on the Palestinian issue and all Arab countries should follow its lead.” 

As for Iran’s position, Dr. Borhani said that Iran is the most important provider of security in the Persian Gulf. “The security of the Gulf waterway is vital for Iran and the region. ‘Israel’s’ presence in these waters is a matter of concern and could affect the security of the region. Iran has made it clear to the UAE and Bahrain that the countries that provided the ground for ‘Israel’ are responsible for any insecurity and disturbance in the region.”

In terms of Iran’s position, the analyst concluded that “Iran must avoid unilateralism and take positions that are supported and approved by Arab nations and the countries of the region. Iran must enter into serious cooperation with Arab countries to counter the normalization of relations and form an Islamic front against normalization. Many countries in the region oppose normalization. Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Palestine and other countries are in this group.”

Algerian President: Palestinian Cause Remains Sacred (VIDEO)

September 24, 2020

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. (Photo: File)

The right of the Palestinian people to have a state with Jerusalem as its capital is not subject to bargain, the Algerian president said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s remarks came at a speech he delivered at the 75th UN General Assembly via video link.

“The Palestinian cause remains a sacred cause for Algeria and its people,” Tebboune said.

He went on to express firm support for the Palestinian people and their “inalienable” right to establish their independent, sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On Sept. 15, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel at the White House; ignoring the Palestinian rejection. Yet, Riyadh has not declared its rejection or support for these agreements.

Tebboune also stressed in his speech the need to accelerate a comprehensive UN reform to improve its performance and to ensure fair representation of the African continent in the Security Council in line with the Sirte Declaration.

The African Union summit held in Sirte, Libya, in 2005 came out with the Sirte Declaration calling for a comprehensive UN reform and ensuring representation of the continent in the Security Council with two permanent and five non-permanent seats.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Jewish Settler Chief: ‘Palestinians have no right to a state, Bible says Israel for the Jews’

Via The saker

Jewish Settler Chief: ‘Palestinians have no right to a state, Bible says Israel for the Jews’

September 23, 2020

Middle East Observer

Description:
In an extended interview with the Israeli i24News Arabic channel, Jewish settler leader Daniella Weiss says that Palestinians have no right to establish a state, and that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people as proclaimed by the ‘eternal words of the Bible’.

Weiss also expresses her disappointment with the UAE for demanding that the annexation plan for parts of the West Bank be frozen in exchange for Emirati peace with Israel. Weiss wondered, “I don’t understand why for peace, we, the settlers in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the West Bank), are expected to stop developing ourselves!”

Source: i24NEWS Arabic (YouTube)

Date: Sep 4, 2020(Important Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations for you by contributing as little as $1/month here: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true)

Transcript:

Host:

Welcome, dear viewers, to a new episode of “Hadith Akhar”.

Her settlement activity in the West Bank began in the early 1970s. She was the secretary general of the most hardline settlement movement. She was imprisoned for rioting in the West Bank. In past years she has also been active in a movement that supports the establishment of illegal settlement outposts.

We talk to Daniella Weiss in “Hadith Akhar”.

TV report:

Daniella Weiss was born in Bnei Brak, just east of Tel Aviv in 1945. During the period 1984-1988, she was the General Secretary of the Gush Emunim settlement movement. In 1987, she was arrested and convicted with respect to rioting in the city of Qalqilya (located in the north of the West Bank). During the period 1996-2007, she was elected head of the local council of the Kedumim settlement, just near Qalqilya. In 1992, she failed to reach the Knesset on a ticket supported by settlers.

Host:

Welcome Ms. Daniella. Let us start from the latest developments in the (Israeli) political arena.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze the annexation plan (to annex the West Bank, or parts thereof, to Israel territory)in exchange for establishing ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). First, how do you view this step by Netanyahu?

Weiss:

Greetings. I think that this step is a big mistake on the part of our Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the development of the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the Israeli government term for the West Bank). But, I’m not sure that he specifically said that he will “freeze” (the annexation plan), I think he said that he will ‘stop the process of annexation of declaring Israeli law on the Jewish community (in that region). But if you’re telling me that it’s even worse (than this), then I’ll be disappointed with him, since (Netanyahu) is a great leader and I, as a member of the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria, always expect more from him.

Host:

This is a controversial topic (cancelation of annexation plan); Netanyahu says that he “halted” or “froze” (the annexation plan). In contrast, the Emirati state says that this plan is “canceled and is now off the table” in exchange for ties with the UAE. So, was it peace in exchange for (cancelling) this Israeli (annexation) plan?

Weiss:

I must say that I am very much disappointed also from the Emirati side, that they demand stopping the annexation or the development of the Jewish community (in exchange) for peace. Well, I was planning to show you what is the stage of (sic) – these black spots (on the map) show what is planned for the Palestinian state, and the white color refers to Jewish settlement. This means that the Israeli state is threatened by a Palestinian state which doesn’t express love or support for the Jewish state.

For this reason, I don’t understand why for peace, we, the settlers in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the West Bank), we are expected to stop developing ourselves. It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t sound like a step towards peace, it sounds like leaving us, the settlers in Judea and Samaria, and leaving the state of Israel with a narrow strip (of land), if they were (indeed) to take off part of this land for the sake of a Palestinian state.

This is (most) unreasonable. And I am looking forward to seeing how (Netanyahu) sees this peace agreement, because there doesn’t seem to me much peace in this agreement. It seems to be an intersection of interests, which is good for the Emirates, good for the US, but not good for Israel.

Host:

Yet peace (between Israel) and the Arabs, and several Arab states, considering that many of (these states) had mutual enmity with Israel, isn’t Israel’s sense of security and safety in relation to neighbouring Arab states, isn’t this worth giving up the annexation plan and settlement expansion in the West Bank?

Weiss:

I think I am trying to explain. There is a reason to give away the annexation (plan).  But there is a map which shows that the narrow waist of the Israeli state is an impossible situation for (Israel) to live long with. I think we should be more careful, since some say that the Sinai Peninsula that was given to the Egyptians poses some threat to Israel. But (for me) it is livable. Certain parts from the borders that were given to Jordan were small. Gaza was a catastrophe, but we can live with it. But can we live without our heart? The center of our homeland? This makes no sense. I know there is a high level of celebration but I am not celebrating. I am warning. I warn if the condition was to stop Jewish life in the heart of our homeland for what is defined as a peace, then this is not a peace.

Host:

Yet you had your own stance in relation to the annexation plan. When this plan was proposed and put into implementation, it faced opposition due to ideological reasons that considered (the plan) destructive for the Israeli state and for the settlement project. On the other hand, the world and the majority of the world view it as being destructive for the two-state solution. What threatens this plan? What threatens your (settlement) project in this regard?

Weiss:

You did very good homework. Not many people in Israel know exactly what the stance of some settlers was. It is correct that I was in the settler camp which was very much against the annexation plan which went by the plan which is called the “Trump Plan” or the “Deal of the Century”. Why was I against it? Because it was directly connected with building a Palestinian (home) state, and here it’s not just about giving 30% (of the area) for the settlers and the rest is for the Palestinians It was a formal recognition that gives the possibility for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the heart of the homeland of the Jews. Why would I agree with it? Do you know why some did agree with it? Because we were under so much stress – I mean we the settlers – for so many years, with the freezing (of the settlements) in Obama’s time, in addition to the redlines even during Trump’s term.

So some people were thinking that there will be (positive) change; that we (as settlers in certain outposts) will become considered a part of the Israeli state, and that this will be in our favor. Usually, I see life in its positive fold. This time though, I saw that Trump, Kushner, and their team pledged that 70% of this area be for a Palestinian state that will be established. I believe that this is impossible. There is a Palestinian Authority that has the democratic ability to run life for Palestinians in a democratic way, but not through an independent state.

Host:

You oppose Trump’s Deal of the Century; don’t you feel concerned that you will lose such an American ally who backs Israel? Don’t you fear that Israel and the settlers may lose this supportive friend of Israel?

Weiss:

Mohammad, you are asking me this question on the day of the first ever flight from Israel to Abu Dhabi into the Emirates. It’s not just about this tiny thing, i.e. what is going to happen in Judea and Samaria. It is a global interest. More than Israel needs the US, the US needs Israel. Because it is a global interest. It is the ongoing struggle between Russia and US; it’s about natural resources; about oil; about the world fight against terror; about the Iran threat; about the conflict between Iran (on the one hand), and Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the US (on the other). It is a global thing.

I was planning to to tell (Netanyahu), who’s going to deliver an address in 20 minutes, that he shouldn’t be afraid of the US. Trump is an ally of Israel. And since the (US) has (shared) interests with Israel and interests in the Middle East, (Netanyahu) knows well that the US can rely on Israel (which serves its interests). It is time for Netanyahu to demand from Trump the growth of the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria, and not the freezing of such construction. We must be brave and not bow down.  (Netanyahu) is a brave man, but the freezing (of settlement construction) in Judea and Samaria is not a brave step from him.

Host:

You are against the establishment of a Palestinian state and the freezing of settlement construction in the West Bank as well. If we want to talk about the borders of the state of Israel as far as you’re concerned, where do the borders of the state of Israel extend to? You have shown your map (to the viewers), kindly show us the Israeli state borders (on your map), as far as you’re concerned.

Weiss:

From the political point of view, the state of Israel, in the current political situation, is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including the entire Golan Heights, the Galilee and the Golan (regions). Regarding the Jewish religion and its creed, we can (then) speak the language of the religion and creed; we have the ‘promised land’ from the Bible. The Middle East in WWI and WWII was different from now. Some day, according to the Bible, a change may occur in this land. But in this current political situation, (Israeli) borders are between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Host:

What about the Palestinians for whom you deny the right of statehood? Where should they go? Is the solution, as you use to say, to encourage (the Palestinians) to migrate?

Weiss:

Let’s start from the first part of your question. The Palestinians have the ‘Palestinian Authority’. This authority has the right to have its own democratic elections; it has the right to have its own institutions and departments; however, it is not a state of its own. The only state in Israel is Israel. This is its name, Israel, coming from our forefathers. So there’s no option to build another state within France or the United Kingdom, just as there is no option to establish another state within Israel. Israel is for the Jews. ‘Israel’, meaning Jacob, this is the beginning of our nation.

Today, what will happen? (The Palestinians) have an Authority, they have independent lives, but they have no ability to vote for the Knesset. They can vote for their own institutions, not as (institutions) of a state, but rather institutions belonging to the (Palestinian) Authority.

Host:

However, more than 5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Don’t they have the right to have an independent state in which they can live?

Weiss:

I think that – and we will not debate now whether there are four or five million (Palestinians), four million is still a good number – let’s continue from this point: the fact that the Jewish state was established, and even before this, the fact that the Jewish pioneers came from all over the world and began to revive the holy land of Israel once again, which was a desolate country at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Then it attracted – and this is a well-known fact – it attracted many Arabs, Bedouins, tribes, from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, they all came to the land of Israel, and this is how (this land) was developed. It was the result of the Jews who came to this land; the new cities and towns that were established by Jewish pioneers, who revived the desolate land, and made it an attractive place for people all over the Middle East.

That does not mean that we – that the Jews – have to give up and say: ‘well, we have to share the only state that the Jews have in the world, to share it with another country’. They should have taken this into consideration, and we said it at the appropriate time, that we will never divide up our homeland in Israel (with other people). By the way, and here I made a mistake: there was a partition plan in 1947, and the Jewish leadership did agree (to it), to share the western part of the land of Israel. This proposal was rejected by the Arabs, and I (personally) was not in support of this proposal either.

Road to Saudi Ties with ‘Israel’ Being Paved, Cautiously

Road to Saudi Ties with ‘Israel’ Being Paved, Cautiously

By Staff, AP

Although Saudi Arabia has made its official position on the region’s longest-running conflict clear, claiming that full ties between the kingdom and the Zionist entity can only happen when ‘peace’ is reached with the Palestinians, state-backed Saudi media and clerics are signaling change is already underway with ‘Israel.’

It is a matter that can only happen under the directives of the country’s heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS].

“It’s no secret there’s a generational conflict,” said New York-based Rabbi Marc Schneier, who serves as an advisor to Bahrain’s king and has held talks in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to promote stronger ties with the ‘Israeli’ entity.

Gulf capitals have been increasingly looking to the Palestine-occupier entity as an ally to defend against common rival Iran amid quiet concerns about the direction of US foreign policy and the uncertainty around the upcoming presidential election. But it’s not only countering Iran that’s brought ‘Israel’ and Arab states closer in recent years.

The rabbi said the former Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, told him that the top priority of his brother, MBS, is reforming the Saudi economy.

“He said these exact words: ‘We will not be able to succeed without ‘Israel’.’ So for the Saudis, it’s not a question of ‘if,’ it’s a question of ‘when.’ And there’s no doubt that they will establish relations with ‘Israel’,” Schneier said.

Prominent Saudi royal, Prince Turki al-Faisal, insisted that “any talk of a rift between the king and the crown prince is mere speculation.”

“We’ve seen none of that,” said the prince, who served for years as head of intelligence and briefly as ambassador to the US.

In a phone call with US President Donald Trump on September 6, King Salman repeated his commitment to the Arab ‘Peace’ Initiative, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The initiative offers ‘Israel’ normal ties with Arab states in return for Palestinian statehood on territory the Zionist entity occupied in 1967 — a deal that starkly contradicts the Trump administration’s Middle East so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.

When the White House announced last month the United Arab Emirates and ‘Israel’ agreed to establish full diplomatic ties — a move matched by Bahrain weeks later — Saudi Arabia refrained from criticizing the deal or hosting summits condemning the decision, despite Palestinian requests to do so.

It also approved the use of Saudi airspace for ‘Israeli’ flights to the UAE, a decision announced the day after Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, met with Prince Mohammed in Riyadh. Kushner has been pushing Arab states to normalize ties with the Zionist entity.

Prince Turki said Arab states should demand a high price for normalizing ties with ‘Israel.’ He said ‘Israel’ remains “the stumbling block in all of these efforts.”

Relatively, Raghida Dergham, a longtime Arab columnist and co-chair with Prince Turki of the Beirut Institute Summit in Abu Dhabi, said younger generations in the Middle East want normality rather than a confiscation of ambitions and dreams.

“They want solutions not a perpetuation of rejection,” said Dergham, whose Beirut Institute e-policy circles have tackled questions about the future of the region and its youth.

When the UAE-‘Israel’ deal was announced in August, the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia was against normalization with ‘Israel.’ Still, public criticism in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain has largely been muted, in part because these governments suppress free speech.

“It is very hard to get accurate data, even when polling people,” said Yasmine Farouk, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Farouk said public opinion on ‘Israel’ in Saudi Arabia is diverse and complex, with opinions varying among different age groups and among liberals and conservatives. She said there is an effort to prepare the Saudi public for change and to shape public debate around ‘Israel.’

As Saudi Arabia prepares to mark its 90th National Day on Wednesday, clerics across the country were directed to deliver sermons about the importance of obeying the ruler to preserve unity and peace.

Earlier this month, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, delivered another state-backed sermon on the importance of dialogue in international relations and kindness to non-Muslims, specifically mentioning Jews.

He concluded by saying the Palestinian cause must not be forgotten, but his words caused a stir on social media, with many seeing the remarks as further evidence of the groundwork being laid for Saudi-‘Israeli’ ties.

The English-language Saudi daily, Arab News, which has been featuring op-eds by rabbis, changed its social media banner on Twitter this past Friday to say “Shana Tova,” the Jewish New Year greeting.

Palestinians Fear Cost Of Arab States’ Normalization with ‘Israel’: PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship

Palestinians Fear Cost Of Arab States’ Normalization with ‘Israel’

By Staff, The Guardian

Diplomatic breakthroughs between the Zionist entity and Gulf monarchies have revealed fissures in the relationship between Palestine and Arab governments, raising questions over whether they can still be relied on to champion the Palestinian cause.

For years, the Zionist occupation regime has vigorously pursued ties with the Arab world, focusing on powerful Gulf countries with whom it shares a ‘common enemy’ in Iran and who crave its hi-tech security and espionage products.

Last week, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed accords with the ‘Israeli’ entity at a White House ceremony to establish an open business and diplomatic relationship.

The public ties smashed apart widespread isolation of the ‘Israeli’ entity in the region – a decades-old policy the Palestinian leadership saw as vital leverage in its struggle for independence.

“We definitely feel betrayed,” said senior Palestinian politician Saeb Erekat, condemning the deals as a “tremendous encouragement for the ‘Israeli’ government to continue their occupation”.

Relatively, US President Donald Trump said several more Arab states would soon announce their intention to sign similar deals, suggesting a more substantive shift.

In the West Bank and Gaza, the Washington-dubbed so-called “Abraham accords” did not come as a surprise, but still hurt.

“Relationships are based on pure interest. Nobody cares about the Palestinian issue,” said Shadi Abu Samra, a 35-year-old social worker from the city of Ramallah. “I am not at all astonished. It was expected one day. There have been relations for a long time between ‘Israel’ and the Gulf states.”

Dalia Karazon, a mathematics teacher from the same city, said she was frustrated that the UAE and Bahrain claimed the accords would help the Palestinians. “They can do whatever they want, but they should not relate that to our interest, because our interest is to end the occupation and not reconcile with it.”

Arafat al-Daf, a 21-year-old student from Gaza, said the move simply added to Palestinian disappointment, “from ourselves, from the Arabs, from the world”.

Palestinian officials warned that regional pressure is more critical now than it has been for years. Threats of further regional isolation, they say, helped dissuade ‘Israel’ from going ahead this summer with its much-publicized plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. “The Arabs had a major role,” said one Palestinian official on condition of anonymity.

Under the ‘Israeli’ normalization deal with the UAE, it agreed to “suspend” annexation, but critics of the deal say that clause was only added as lip service to the Palestinian issue. Meanwhile, politicians in the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories argue the annexation plan is still a priority.

PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship Unhonored to See Arab States Rush to Normalize with the Occupation

PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship: Unhonored to See Arab States Rush to Normalize with the Occupation

By Staff

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Maliki announced Palestine’s decision to quit the post of currently leading the Arab League citing its latest conspiracy.

“What we’ve witnessed in the recent meeting reflects the Arab League’s collusion,” al-Maliki stated.

He further hinted that the United States’ attempts to drag other nations to normalize have been hindered.

The minister also pointed that the Palestinian Authority is contacting all countries to stabilize their stances and secede from the US pressure.

“We are not honored to see Arab States rushing to normalize ties with the occupation during our chairmanship of the Arab League,” he announced.

The Palestinian minister further added that the PA is following the promotion of names of countries that will imitate that Bahraini and UAE steps toward normalization.

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Yemeni Houthis Vow To Fight Israeli Plots As Netanyahu Signs Historic Deal With UAE, Bahrain

Yemeni Houthis Vow To Fight Israeli Plots As Netanyahu Signs Historic Deal  With UAE, Bahrain
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The Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) continues pounding Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles.

Late on September 17, the Yemeni Air Force loyal to the Houthi government struck Abha International Airport in the Saudi province of Asir with Samad 3 combat drones, which can be used as loitering munitions. The Houthis claimed that the strike hit a military section of the airport causing material damage and casualties among Saudi forces.

The military infrastructure in the Abha airport area and southern Saudi Arabia itself has regularly become a target of Houthi missile and drone strikes. Just during the past month, Abha International Airport was targeted by at least 4 drone and missile strikes. The Saudi capital of Riyadh and oil infrastructure in the central part of the Kingdom are also not out of danger. The Houthis demonstrated this several times during the past few years. The most recent strike on Riyadh took place just a few days ago.

The September 17 attack, together with regular strikes on other targets inside the Kingdom, showed that efforts of the Saudi Air Force to destroy missile stockpiles and launching sites in Yemen did not lead to any notable impact.

Saudi proxies fighting the Houthis on the ground are also in a state of retreat. During the past few days, they lost even more positions south of the Marib provincial capital retreating from Najd al-Majmaa, Habisah, Ajam al-Sud and al-Atf.

The Maas Camp west of Marib city still remains in the hands of Saudi-backed forces. However, this stronghold is the last obstacle for the advancing Houthi forces in this part of the province. If the defense of pro-Saudi forces continues to crumble, the Maas Camp will be fully isolated and captured.

In the southern part of Marib province, Houthis and their local allies captured the area of Rahum. Here, the mid-term target of the Houthi advance is the town of Hurayb, located on the administrative border between the provinces of Marib and Shabwah.

It is interesting to note that the Houthi leadership recently declared that it stands against the US-promoted normalization with Israel and reaffirmed its support to Palestine. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi even stated that actions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain contribute to Israeli plots against Muslim countries. He claimed that Yemen has become the target of the Saudi-led intervention due to Yemen’s alleged resistance to the Israeli agenda in the region.

On September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially signed historic peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington. The development is a major foreign policy victory for the administration of US President Donald Trump and its Israeli allies. The event was attended by Trump himself who noted that the courage of the Israeli and Arab leaders enabled these countries “to take a major stride toward a future where people of all faiths live together in peace and prosperity.”

On the other hand, the US State Department has already declared that the UAE and Israel could forge an alliance against Iran. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, key US regional allies, will likely become a part of this effort. Therefore, the announced ‘peace and prosperity’ plan apparently includes a further strengthening of the pressure on Iran and even increases of chances of a potential military action against the republic.

The ongoing normalization campaign also triggered a new escalation in the Gaza Strip, including the exchange of strikes between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, as well as political instability in Bahrain. The population of Bahrain appears to be unhappy with the decision of the country’s leadership.

The modern Middle East could easily be compared with a powder keg that is ready to explode at any moment.

In Socotra, Protest against Normalization with Zionist Enemy

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2020-09-20 09:59:53

The people of Socotra, on Saturday, organized a demonstration to reject normalization with the Zionist entity. The demonstrators burned Emirati and Israeli flags in the Nawajid area, east of the island. The demonstrators raised banners supporting the Palestinian cause and rejecting all forms of normalization with Israeli enemy, considering the Emirati and Bahraini normalization as a betrayal of Islamic sanctities and honorable Jerusalem.

Local sources said that the demonstrators chanted slogans denouncing the Emirati-Israeli presence in Socotra. They held the Saudi-led aggression and Hadi’s government responsible for the shameful silence about the Emirati-Israeli move on the island.

The STC militia intercepted the demonstration, blocked the roads leading to the Nejd region, and fired on the demonstrators.

According to local sources, the UAE militias failed to suppress the angry demonstration in Nawajid, which concluded its activities with the issuance of a statement denouncing the participants of the Emirati normalization with the entity of the Israeli enemy, confirming their absolute rejection of the Emirati occupation of the island.

The participants emphasized that the policy of intimidation and arrests practiced by the pro-UAE transitional militias will not discourage the people of Socotra from supporting the Palestinian cause and will not stop the wave of popular anger rejecting the Emirati presence, promising to thwart the Emirati-Israeli plot in Socotra.

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