by Bob Mason
The times are changing in the Middle East as alien nations find common ground in a bid to avert Iran supremacy within the region. The opening of the dialogue between Israel and Saudi Arabia is perhaps the most significant shift in the region...
Both nations hold a common view on Iran and its rise to power within the region. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common ally in the US and the acting president also shares a similar view on Iran...
One particular article claimed that the Saudis had run tests on bringing down air defense systems to provide the Israeli Air Force a path of least resistance to Iran. Just this summer, former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Sunni Arab countries and Israel face the same threat of a nuclear Iran.
News of a secret visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Israel in September suggests that the need for stronger ties is ever increasing...
A great divide in the Middle East may be on the horizon as Israel and the US may well become a significant force behind the split. A rebalance of power is seen as a must and how Congress deals with the Iran – U.S nuclear agreement will be considered a key step in the process.
For Israel, the benefits are significant and finding allies across the Arab world will be considered key in dealing with the old foe. The Shi’a-Sunni divide is never greater and any prospect of nuclear capability on either side of the divide is a chilling one...
The greatest concern within the region will be the improving relations between Turkey and Iran... Of particular concern will be the military cooperation between the two and how events unfold in Syria, where the two currently support opposite sides...
Israel and the Saudis certainly have an incentive to manage Iran’s prominence and the country’s allegiances. With the Middle East having more than half of the world’s oil reserves, the US is also ever-present, as is Russia who has also taken a greater interest.
Although, the Saudis have frequently played down news of closer ties with Israel. Concerns over a backlash from the Arab world continue to leave talks almost clandestine in nature. There is also the possibility that Congress goes ahead and ratifies the Iran – US nuclear agreement, though some may consider fresh sanctions a greater threat to regional peace...
FOOD for THOUGHT by Steven Shamrak
Is Prime Minister Netanyahu for or against the death penalty for terrorists? Netanyahu was making a shiva call at the Salomon family’s home, he declared, on the record, that “the death penalty for terrorists is something for which the time has come. (But, as usual, officially he is playing a different tune!)
Saudi Arabia has charged Iran with perpetrating an act of war against Riyadh by supplying advanced missiles to its proxy group in Yemen, the Houthi rebels. Riyadh is also doubling down on Lebanon after its Prime Minister, Sa’ad Hariri, fled to Riyadh, saying that Lebanon appears to be declaring war on Saudi Arabia via aggression by the Iranian proxy terror group Hezbollah. (How many attacks have Israel have endured from Gaza, and threats of war from Hezbollah? Isn’t it time to end playing games and end the war?)
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot recommended that President Reuven Rivlin not grant Elor Azariya's request for a pardon. An IDF court sentenced Azariya to 18 months in prison. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called on Rivlin to accept the request for a pardon and to release Elor Azariya from prison. (When will Israel remove Labour ‘apparatchiks’ from the IDF and justice system?)
The UN General Assembly will condemn Israel nine times today (Nov. 10, 2017), “part of its annual ritual of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions singling out the Jewish state, and making no mention of Hamas stabbings, shootings or vehicular attacks against Jews in Israel. “While there will be a total of 20 resolutions against Israel this session, not a single UN General Assembly resolution is planned today or this year for gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, China, Cuba, Pakistan or Zimbabwe” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
A revolutionary ruling written by retiring Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab, confirms that it is permitted to use private Arab lands to the betterment of local Jewish residents, and that such use does not defy International Law – because the settlers are also part of the civilian population.
Iran is building a permanent military base in Syria just south of Damascus, “Iran is devouring one nation after the other... “The good news is that the other guys are getting together with Israel as never before. It is something that I would have never expected in my lifetime,” Netanyahu said.
Even as PM Binyamin Netanyahu agreed with UN Sec Gen that future construction would be in accordance with law, UN prepares for new illegal construction. Declarations are one thing and deeds quite another! Only recently UNTSO has issued a tender for the demolition and reconstruction of one of the buildings built during the British Mandate in the Armon Hanatziv compound - in violation of the law and without a building permit. (Anything goes in anti-Semitic determination to destroy the Jewish state!)
Israel wants to start exporting its cannabis around the world. Cannabinoid drops has helped many of the 60 autistic children enrolled in a neuro-pediatrician program. Israel has reputation as a global center for medical weed research, development and exports. Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland are major potential markets for medical marijuana. The market for medical weed will reach $33 billion in 2024.
Arabs, once again, are not missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. A week after the Palestinian Authority had announced that it had accepted responsibility for the Gaza Strip crossings, Hamas and Fatah are at odds over the management of those crossings. The longer the crossing to Egypt remains closed, the worse things are getting among Gaza’s civilians! (But they do not care – never have!)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asked President Reuven Rivlin to approve the pardon plea of Elor Azaria, who had been convicted of killing an Arab terrorist who had already been downed in Hebron in March, 2016. But night, Israeli media reported that the IDF Chief of Staff, the Military Advocate General, and the head of the IDF Personnel Directorate, have all recommended that the request for pardon not be accepted.
Quote of the Week:
“Relocating the Embassy would not adversely affect negotiations over Jerusalem’s final status or the broader Middle East peace process, nor would it impair our diplomatic relations among predominantly Arab or Muslim nations. In fact, by its honest recognition of reality, shifting the Embassy would have an overall positive impact on US diplomatic efforts.” - John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations.
Death of the Terrorist – still in Denial!
'Palestinians' held rallies to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of their revered former leader Yasser Arafat last Thursday.
The Palestinians have long accused Israel of poisoning him, charges the Israeli government firmly denies. His body was exhumed in 2012 for tests but a subsequent French investigation found again no proof of poisoning.
13 Jan 2005 (for more click on the title)
Conformation - Arafat Died from AIDS
Ahmad Jibril, Secretary-General of the PFLP General Command, on Hizballah’s Al-Manar TV, publicly admitted the truth about Yasser Arafat’s death for the first time.
Ahmad Jibril: When Abu Mazen came to Damascus with his team, I asked them: “What happened to the investigation into the death of Abu Ammar [Arafat]? The Israelis killed him. He was my colleague ever since 1965 and used to sleep at my home. He and I followed the same path.” Is it conceivable that when Rafiq Al-Hariri was killed, all hell broke loose, even though he was just a merchant in Saudi Arabia, who later entered politics, whereas the death of Yasser Arafat, who for 40 years had been carrying his gun from one place to another, is not investigated? Is this conceivable?
They were silent, and then one of them said to me: “To be honest, the French gave us the medical report, that stated that the cause of Abu Ammar’s death was AIDS.” I am not saying this, they did. Now they pretend that they miss Yasser Arafat, and complain that (Hamas) entered his house in (Gaza) and so on... I say to every honorable member of the Fatah movement that he should be happy that we got rid of the plague, which had been imposed upon them and upon the Palestinian people. The Fatah movement now has an opportunity to renew itself.