Archive | March 22nd, 2014

Syrian troops launched a counteroffensive

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Syrian troops launched a counteroffensive Saturday in an attempt to regain a border crossing point with Turkey a day after it fell in the hands of rebels led by members of an al-Qaida-linked group, activists and state media said.

The rebel capture of the Kassab crossing point in the coastal province of Latakia comes after weeks of government gains to the south along the border with Lebanon. Although the government has had the initiative on the battlefield for most of last year, rebels on Friday opened an offensive in the province of Latakia, the ancestral home of President Bashar Assad’s family and a stronghold of his Alawite sect.

Rami Abdurrahman who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said opposition fighters led by members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front are in control of the crossing point “but have been targeted by regime forces since yesterday.” The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, which has reporters throughout syria, said syrian warplanes carried out several air raids in the Kassab area.

State-run news agency SANA said syrian troops are on the offensive in the area and killed several opposition fighters including a Saudi citizen whom it said was the leader of the Ansar al-Sham faction. It said a local leader of the Nusra Front also died in the fighting.

A jihadi website confirmed that a Saudi militant was killed Friday in the offensive in Latakia identifying him as Abdul-Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim al-Sharekh, also known as Sanafi al-Nasr. It said he was the 49th on Saudi Arabia’s list of 85 most wanted terror suspects issued in early 2010.
An activist in northwestern syria who goes by the name of Abu Mohammed Haffawi told The Associated Press that the rebel offensive on Saturday is concentrating on a strategic hill known as Observatory 45 that overlooks wide areas. He said whenever the rebels capture this hill it will be easier for them to storm nearby villages.

He added that rebels are still in control of the Kassab border point while the government holds the main nearby town that carries the same name and has a large Armenian community.
syria’s uprising, which began with largely peace protests in March 2011, has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones that has left more than 140,000 people dead.

Islamic extremists, including both foreign fighters and syrians who have taken up hard-line al-Qaida-style ideologies, have played an increasingly prominent role among fighters, dampening the West’s support for the rebellion to overthrow Assad.

Elsewhere, the Observatory and the Aleppo media center reported that rebels captured the strategic Shweihneh mountain in the northern province of Aleppo after intense clashes. AMC said 50 government soldiers were killed in the fighting while the Observatory said 21 soldiers and 18 rebels perished.

Earlier Saturday, Syrian state media say government forces ambushed a group of rebels who crossed into the country from neighboring Jordan and killed several of the fighters.

SANA news agency said the rebels were members of the Nusra Front. It said they were attacked near the town of Adra, northeast of Damascus, and that most of the rebels died in the ambush. The report says their weapons were seized.

Opposition activists also reported a government attack on rebels in Adra. The Observatory for Human Rights said the ambush occurred late Friday and that at least 10 people were killed.

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British architects call for world boycott of I$raHell counterparts

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Britain’s Zionophile prime minister, David Cameron, might be spellbound by Zionism and Israel, but back in the real world things are moving in the opposite direction.

The Guardian newspaper reports that the UK’s top architectural body has called for its Israeli counterpart to be excluded from the International Union of Architects (IUA) in protest at Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestine.

In what the paper described as a further indication of the growing momentum of the boycott Israel movement, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body on the grounds that it is complicit in the construction of illegal Jewish squatter homes and colonies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law.

The Guardian quoted Riba’s president, Angela Brady, as saying at a meeting of the the body’s council on 19 March that failure to support the motion “would send a clear message to the world that we as an institution turn a blind eye or by inaction support what’s going on – land grabs, forced removals, killing the state and human rights, and reinforcement of apartheid”.

The motion – backed by 23 votes to 16, with 10 abstentions – was welcomed by the Palestinian BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

“Architects and planners are central to Israel’s colonization of Palestinian land and the forced displacement of Palestinian people,” Rafeef Zaidah, of the Palestinian BDS national committee, said. ”Given the complicity of the [IAUA] in Israel’s construction of illegal Israeli settlements, it is only right that it is excluded from international forums,” he added, according to the Guardian.

Little by little and day by day, Israel, the world’s only surviving apartheid state, is becoming increasingly isolated.

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U.S. suspends Syria embassy operations in Washington

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Special envoy Rubinstein says U.S. has decided it is ‘unacceptable for individuals appointed by the regime’ to conduct diplomatic activity in the United States.

Haaretz

The United States on Tuesday suspended operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and its consulates in Michigan and Texas, and told diplomats and staff who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to leave the country.

“We have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States,” U.S. special envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein said in a statement.

“Consequently, the United States notified the Syrian government today that it must immediately suspend operations of its embassy in Washington, D.C., and its honorary consulates in Troy, Michigan, and Houston, Texas,” he said.

The announcement comes as the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, with an estimated 150,000 people killed by the war and little sign that initiatives to ease the crisis are working.]

Efforts by the United States and Russia to broker a peace settlement now appear to have faded further amid worsening tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine.

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MKO terrorists lie to serve their purposes

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By: Gareth Porter

A historian and investigative journalist says the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, a.k.a. MEK and NCRI) is known to lie “whenever it serves their purposes, which is most of the time.”

Speaking to The Real News’ Paul Jay on Sunday, Gareth Porter said the turning point for him to dig in on Iran as an investigative journalist was having a German source tell him that he could confirm that it was indeed the MKO that had given the crucial documents that had been so important in making the case that Iran had a covert nuclear weapons program.

He added that the source of the documents “shed light on the credibility of the documents themselves, because, first of all, the MEK is of course a completely self-interested organization,” and that it is known to lie whenever it serves its purposes.

Author of the Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare said the MKO members were “an instrument of policy for Israel.” “I mean, it’s very well documented that the Mojahedin-e-Khalq had served as a way to essentially launder intelligence the Israelis wanted to put out publicly but did not want attributed to themselves.”

Earlier in March, Porter wrote an article entitled Resolving Nuclear Arms Claims Hinges on Iran’s Demands, saying ElBaradei and other senior IAEA officials have publicly expressed serious doubts about the authencity of documents reported in the US news media in 2005-06 as having come from a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The documents have now been revealed as having given to Western intelligence by MKO.

“Former senior German foreign office official Karsten Voigt revealed in an interview last year for a newly-published book by this writer that senior officials of the German intelligence agency BND had told him in November 2004 that the BND had gotten the entire collection of documents from a member of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) who had been one of their sources, and that they did not consider the source to be reliable.”

 

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“She died for Palestine” – The Rachel Corrie poem

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Christian donors to give more than $1M in crisis aid to Ukraine Jews

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JTA

A charity organization funded by Christians has pledged over $1 million in emergency funding for Ukrainian Jews.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, made the announcement about the extra funding for Ukraine during a trip he concluded on Thursday to the Eastern European nation.

“We’re pledging $10 million and possibly $12-13 million just for the Ukraine this year,” Eckstein told JTA. Normally, he said, his organization spends approximately $8 million annually on aid programs for Ukrainian Jews out of $20-25 million it spends on helping Jewish communities in the entire former Soviet Union.

Eckstein’s group is one of several organizations worldwide that responded to the plight of Ukrainian Jews.

In the Netherlands, the Hague-based Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund, or JHF, this month pledged a total of $32,000 in emergency funding to eight Ukrainian Jewish organizations, including $10,000 earmarked for the Reform Jewish community of Kiev.

Extra funding is necessary because “local businessmen who used to match donations from outside Ukraine are no longer able to do this,” Eckstein said. In addition, communities are spending thousands of dollars on security, at the expense of religious and cultural activities.

He explained that the revolution which ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych last month following months of rioting and instability has worsened the economic crisis that existed before the upheaval.

Last week, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews sent $1 million to the Jewish Agency for Israel “to help with aliyah from Ukraine,” Eckstein said. “In case there’s a growth [in immigration to Israel] I want the Jewish Agency to have the funds available.”

Founded in 1983, the fellowship has sent approximately $150 million to the former Soviet Union. Eckstein said 99 percent of its 1.3 million donors are Christian. The average donation is $73.

Currently, the fellowship pays for food packages that are delivered eight times a year to 2,500 families. But because of the crisis, there are currently over 20,000 Jewish families in need of assistance, he said.

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Stop Zio-Nazi Apartheid!

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Stop Israeli Apartheid!

I am a Norwegian woman, a quite ordinary person. I started this petition after experiencing life in Palestine, including the Jordan Valley and the Negev desert. It was heartbreaking seeing the daily harassments that the Palestinians and beduin tribes were exposed to; it afflicted women, children, old people, peasants, workers – every single person living in the territories occupied by Israel.

As we learned from South African apartheid, a state that makes its inhabitants victims of apartheid policies and practices, won’t stop until the people of the world react. It is time we wake up once more!

The governments of the world, as well as do the EU and the UN, know more than enough about what is going on “on the ground” in the occupied territories, but still they don’t put any power at all behind all their resolutions.

Then remains only: We, the people!  Apartheid has no future.

We will stop apartheid once more! Join in by signing this petition, push the red button to sign.

Check out my Youtube video where I explain what I learned about Israeli apartheid: http://bit.ly/notcomplicated  (The video has subtitles in English and Norwegian.)

So then, this is what WE, THE PEOPLE want to tell the world’s most important international decision makers:

“I call upon the European Union (EU) as well as the United Nations and all its member states that they join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott the state of israel until it ceases its apartheid policies, disregard for international law, violations of human rights and totally ends its Occupation and ends the siege of Gaza!

I demand this from all governments, including and especially my own.

Furthermore, I encourage all UN member states to fulfill their obligations according to the resolutions they themselves have passed through both the Security Council and General Assembly condemning the policies of the State of Israel toward Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Finally, I call upon the permanent members of the UN Security Council – and especially the US – to refrain from using their veto power to block nor thwart resolutions condemning the illegal practices of the State of Israel toward the Palestinian people!”

To:
the EU, the UN, the UN’s Security Council and National Parliaments, UN General Assembly
Stop Israeli Apartheid!
I call upon the European Union (EU) as well as the United Nations and all its member states that they join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott the state of israel until it ceases its apartheid policies, disregard for international law, violations of human rights and totally ends its Occupation and ends the siege of Gaza!

I demand this from all governments, including and especially my own.

Furthermore, I encourage all UN member states to fulfill their obligations according to the resolutions they themselves have passed through both the Security Council and General Assembly condemning the policies of the State of Israel toward Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Finally, I call upon the permanent members of the UN Security Council – and especially the US – to refrain from using their veto power to block nor thwart resolutions condemning the illegal practices of the State of Israel toward the Palestinian people!

Sincerely,

[Your name]

 

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No “Arab Spring” in the Saudi Kingdom: Riyadh’s Foreign Policy and “The Saudi-Led Counterrevolution”

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Global Research

Writing in The Washington Post on February 27, 2011, Rachel Bronson asked: “Could the next Mideast uprising happen in Saudi Arabia ?” Her answer was: “The notion of a revolution in the Saudi kingdom seems unthinkable.”

However, On September 30 the next year, the senior foreign policy fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy Bruce Riedel concluded that the “revolution in Saudi Arabia is no longer unthinkable.”

To preempt such a possibility, the kingdom in March 2011, in a “military” move to curb the tide of the Arab popular uprisings which raged across the Arab world from sweeping to its doorsteps, the kingdom sent troops to Bahrain to quell similar popular protests.

That rapid reactive Saudi military move into Bahrain heralded a series of reactions that analysts describe as an ongoing Saudi-led counterrevolution.

Amid a continuing succession process in Saudi Arabia, while major socioeconomic and political challenges loom large regionally, the kingdom is looking for security as far away as China, but blinded to the shortest way to its stability in its immediate proximity, where regional understanding with its geopolitical Arab and Muslim neighborhood would secure the kingdom and save it a wealth of assets squandered on unguaranteed guarantees.

In his quest to contain any fallout from the “Arab Spring,” Saudi King Abdullah Ben Abdel-Aziz selectively proposed inviting the kingdoms of Jordan and Morocco to join the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), leading The Economist on May 19, 2011 to joke that the organization should be renamed the “Gulf Counter-Revolutionary Club.” For sure including Iraq and Yemen would be a much better addition if better security was the goal.

Ahead of US President Barak Obama’s official visit to the kingdom by the end of this March, Saudi Arabia was looking “forward to China as an international magnate with a great political and economic weight to play a prominent role in achieving peace and security in the region,” according to Defense Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who was in Beijing from March 13 to 16 “to enhance cooperation with China to protect peace, security and stability in the region.” He was quoted by a statement from the Saudi Press Agency.

Prince Salman was in Japan from 18-21 last February, hopefully to deepen bilateral cooperation “in various fields.” On February 26, India and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to strengthen co-operation in military training, logistics supplies and exchange of defense-related information. On last January 23, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia  signed a defense cooperation agreement the first of its kind.

While a strong Saudi-Pakistan defense partnership has existed for long, it has been upgraded recently. Princes Salman and Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal arrived in Pakistan on February 15. Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif was in Saudi Arabia earlier. Director of South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute, Washington DC, Tufail Ahmad, wrote on this March 11 that “the upswing in the relationship marks a qualitative change,” hinting that the kingdom could be seeking Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities to “counter a nuclear-capable Iran” despite Islamabad’s denial, which “is not reliable.” The kingdom is moving “to transform itself as a regional military power,” Sharif wrote.

On this March 14, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia has given $1.5 billion (Dh5.5 billion) to Pakistan . In February a senior Pakistani intelligence official told the Financial Times that Saudi Arabia was seeking “a large number of [Pakistani] troops to support its campaign along the Yemeni border and for internal security.” The official confirmed that Pakistan ’s agreement, during Prince Salman’s visit, to support the establishment of a “transitional governing body” in Syria was an important aspect of the deal.

On this March 5, the kingdom led two other members of the six-member GCC, namely the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain , to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar , risking the survival of the GCC.

Hunting two French and Lebanese birds with one shot, the kingdom early last January pledged a $3 billion royal grant, estimated to be two-time the entire military budget of Lebanon , to buy French weapons for the Lebanese Army.

The Saudi multi-billion dollar support to the change of guards in Egypt early last July and the kingdom’s subscription to Egypt’s make or break campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) inside and outside the country following the ouster of the MB’s former president Mohammed Morsi reveal a much more important Saudi strategic and security unsigned accord with Egypt’s new rulers.

On the outset of the so-called “Arab Spring,” the kingdom also bailed out Bahrain and the Sultanate of Omen with more multi-billion petrodollars to buy the loyalty of their population.

More multi-billion petrodollars were squandered inside the country to bribe the population against joining the sweeping popular Arab protests.

Yet still more billions were squandered on twenty percent of all arms transfers to the region between 2009-2013 to make the kingdom the world’s fifth largest importer of arms while more Saudi orders for arms are outstanding, according to a new study released on this March 17 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

While the United States will continue to “guarantee Israel ’s qualitative military edge” over all the twenty two Arab nations plus Iran , Iran is developing its own defense industries to defend itself against both the US and Israel , rendering the Saudi arms procurement efforts obsolete.

Had all of those squandered billions of petrodollars spent more wisely they could have created a revolution of development in the region.

Not Assured by US Assurances

Ahead of Obama’s visit, the Saudi message is self-evident. They are looking, on their own, for alternative security guarantees, or at least additional ones. They don’t trust their decades – long American security umbrella anymore. The US sellout of close allies like the former presidents of Tunisia , Egypt and Yemen shed doubt on any “assurances’ Washington would be trying to convey during Obama’s upcoming visit.

President Obama is scheduled to be in Riyadh by the end of this March to assure Saudi Arabia of what his Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns on last February 19 told the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the United States takes Saudi security concerns “seriously,” “US-Saudi partnership is as important today as it ever was” and that the “Security cooperation is at the heart of our agenda” with the GCC, reminding his audience that his country still keeps about 35,000 members of the US military at 12 bases in and around the Arabian Gulf.

However, “the Saudi voices I hear do not think that what they see as the current lack of American resolve is merely a short-term feature of the Obama Presidency: They spot a deeper trend of Western disengagement from their region,” Sir Tom Phillips – British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2010-12 and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme – wrote on last February 12.

Obviously, the Saudis are not assured, neither internally, regionally or at the international level because as Burns said on the same occasion: “We don’t always see eye to eye” and it is natural that Gulf states would “question our reliability as partners” given US efforts to achieve energy independence and US warnings that traditional power structures, such as the gulf monarchies, are “unsustainable.”

Obama’s upcoming visit to the kingdom has been described as a “fence-mending” one. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, at a joint press conference alongside visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry last November, hinted that fences might not be mended because “a true relationship between friends is based on sincerity, candor, and frankness rather than mere courtesy.”

What Prince Al Faisal described as “frankness” is still missing: His brother, prince Turki al-Faisal, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last December, blasted the Obama administration for keeping his country in the dark on its secret talks with Iran : “How can you build trust when you keep secrets from what are supposed to be your closest allies?”

“The Saudis have good reason to feel besieged and fearful,” Immanuel Wallerstein, director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University and senior researcher at Yale University and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris , was quoted as saying by AlJazeera America on this March 1.

Senior associate of Carnegie’s Middle East program Frederic Wehry on this March 10 wrote that, “There is a growing sense in Gulf capitals … led by Saudi Arabia ” that “the United States is a power in retreat that is ignoring the interests of its steadfast partners, if not blithely betraying them.”

What Burns described as “tactical differences” with Saudi Arabia and its GCC co-members, the Saudis are acting on the premise that those differences are much more strategic than “tactical” and accordingly are overstretching their search for alternative security guarantees worldwide because they seem to disagree with Burns that “our Gulf partners know that no country or collection of countries can do for the Gulf states what the United States has done and continues to do.”

Pressured between Two ‘Crescents’

Three threatening developments have led to Saudi distrust in US security assurances. The first was the selling out of a US ally like the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the second was the Qatari, Turkish and US coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood regionally and the third was the assumption to power of the MB in Egypt . The first development set the precedent of selling out of a long regional US ally against the fervent public advice of the kingdom. Mubarak’s ouster set the red lights on in Riyadh of a possible similar scenario in Saudi Arabia .

The second development put the kingdom on alert against the emerging MB, Turkey, Qatar and the US axis that would have encircled Saudi Arabia had the kingdom allowed this axis to hand the power over to the Brotherhood in Syria in the north and in Egypt in the west. The MB is influential in Jordan, the kingdom’s northern neighbor, and in Yemen , its southern neighbor. The Hamas’ affiliation to the MB in the Palestinian Gaza Strip would complete what a Saudi analyst called the “Brotherhood crescent” in the north, west and south, to squeeze the kingdom between the rock of this “Brotherhood crescent” and the hard place of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the east.

The third development surrendered the western strategic backyard of the kingdom to the MB, which has become untrustworthy politically in view of its membership in the emerging US-led ““Brotherhood crescent” after decades of sponsoring the MB leaders who found in the kingdom a safe haven from their suppression in Syria and Egypt and using them against the pan-Arab regimes in both countries and against the pan-Arab and communist political movements.

Unmercifully pressured between the “Brotherhood crescent” and what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the “Shiite crescent” extending from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Hezbullah in Lebanon, let alone the al-Qaeda offshoots, which have deep roots inside the kingdom and in its immediate surroundings and have emerged as a major threat to regional as well as to internal stability, in addition to what the Saudis perceive as the withdrawal or at least the rebalancing of the US power out of the region, the kingdom seems poised to find an answer to the question which Bruce Riedel asked on September 30, 2012 about whether or not the “revolution in Saudi Arabia is no longer unthinkable.”

The Saudi answer so far has been reactive more than proactive. “It is difficult to avoid the impression that Saudi policy is more re-active than pro-active,” Sir Tom Phillips – British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2010-12 and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme – wrote on last February 12.

Proactive Shorter Path Overdue

Following the lead of the United States and Europe who have come to deal with the fait accompli that Iran as a pivotal regional power is there to stay for the foreseeable future, a more Saudi proactive regional policy that would engage Iran and Syria would be a much shorter and cheaper route to internal security as well as to regional stability, instead of reacting to their alliance by engaging in a lost and costly battle for a “regime change” in both countries.

Or much better, the kingdom could follow the lead of the Sultanate of Oman, which risked to break away from the GCC should they go along with the Saudi proposal late in 2011 for transforming their “council” into an anti-Iran military “union.” Regardless of what regime rules in Tehran and since the time of the Shah, Oman has been dealing with Iran as a strategic partner and promoting an Iranian-GCC regional partnership. Qatar takes a middle ground between the Saudi and Omani positions vis-à-vis Iran . On this March 17, the Qatar-Iran joint political committee convened in Tehran .

Feeling isolated, besieged and threatened by being left in the cold as a result of what it perceives as a withdrawing US security umbrella, the kingdom’s new experience of trying to cope on its own is indulging the country in counterproductive external policies in the turmoil of the aftermath of the shock waves of  the Arab popular uprisings, which have raged across the Arab world since 2011, but its tide has stopped at the Damascus gate of the Iranian – Syrian alliance, which is backed internationally by the emerging Russian and Chinese world powers.

At the end of the day, the kingdom’s recent historical experience indicates that the Saudi dynasty lived its most safe and secure era during the Saudi-Egyptian-Syrian trilateral understanding, which was developed as a regional axis of stability, as the backbone of the Arab League regional system and was reinforced by the trilateral coordination in the 1973 Arab – Israeli war.

The revival of the Saudi coordination with Egypt in the post-Morsi presidency was a crucial first step that would lead nowhere unless it is completed by an overdue Saudi political U-turn on Syria that would revive the old trilateral axis to defend Arabs against Israel . A partnership with Iran would be a surplus; otherwise the revival of the trilateral coordination would at least serve as a better Saudi defense against Iran as well.

However such a Saudi U-turn would require of course a strategic decision that would renege on the kingdom’s US-inspired and ill-advised policy of dealing with Syria and Iran as “the enemy,” while dealing with Israel, which still occupies Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territories, as a possible “peace partner” and a co-member of an anti-Iran and Syria “front of moderates,” which the successive US administrations have been promoting.

It would first require as well a change of foreign policy decision-makers in Riyadh , but such a change will continue to be wishful thinking until a man of an historic stature holds the wheel at the driving seat at the helm of the Saudi hierarchy. Until that happens, it might be too late. Meanwhile, it is increasingly becoming a possibility that the “revolution in Saudi Arabia is no longer unthinkable.”

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