Previous Saudi envoy to the U.S., in an interview with Independent Arabia, said Obama “would promise something and do the opposite,” then quoted Saudi King Abdullah as saying, “I did not expect that [after] this long life, I would see [the day] when an American president lies to me.”
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Former US president Barack Obama lied to Saudi Arabia when violating the redlines he famously declared regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not acting when they were used, a former senior Saudi official said in an interview with Independent Arabia.
Bandar bin Sultan served for years as head of Saudi intelligence as well as the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Continue Reading »
In time for their winter travel season, Philippine Airlines, the country’s national carrier, is seeking direct flights to Israel over Saudi Arabia, much like the consideration Air India received to launch their direct flights to the Jewish State in March 2018. – Saudi overfly rights would shave at least an hour of travel time, reducing the cost substantially to Tel Aviv from Manila.
The Philippine government is said to be in talks with Saudi Arabia for the rights to fly through its airspace on a direct flight path to Israel, local Philippine media reports said Wednesday.
The negotiations are underway ahead of the anticipated launch of direct Manila-Tel Aviv flights by the state-owned Philippine Airlines this year, the reports said.
Al Araby Al Jadeed rReport says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman discussed how to encourage Arab countries to develop trade relations with Israel as part of President Trump’s regional peace plan.
By Tal Polon
The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working together to convince other Arab countries to take steps toward developing economic relations with Israel and making progress in political relations, in accordance with Israel’s demand as part of the US peace plan, according to a report this morning in the UK-based Arabic newspaper Al Araby Al Jadeed.
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – Wikimedia
According to the report, extensive meetings held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the latter’s visit to Cairo this week dealt largely with the US “Deal of the Century” peace plan. Continue Reading »
In the viral video, a Saudi blogger slams the Palestinian Authority saying, “You’re a bunch of dogs, rabid dogs, who only bark at those that feed them. You’ve turned your [political] issues into a source of income. You’ve turned our shared religion [Islam] into a way of making money.”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still nominally allied with the Palestinian Authority, a long-time client of the oil-rich custodian of Islam’s holiest cities, recent reports suggest ties between the two have been cooling in recent years.
Covert cooperation with Israel against the common foe of Iran, along with the support of some Palestinian Arab factions of the Tehran regime, have encouraged the Saudi leadership to push the PA to accept a negotiated peace with Israel, even on terms less favorable than previous offers. Continue Reading »
In Riyadh, PA despot Abbas was urged by Saudi Royals to distance the new Palestinian unified gov’t from Iran and not allow Hamas to stockpile weapons.
The West Bank and Gaza will benefit from large-scale Saudi investment projects if the Palestinian Authority joins the kingdom in taking an aggressive stance against Iran’s role in the Middle East, Palestinian sources privy to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday said.
Saudi officials, led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, sought to persuade Abbas to take a tough stance on Hamas as it moves forward with joining the internationally-recognized Palestinian government. Continue Reading »
Exposed faux pas recognized by State Department after learning that the US embassy in Saudi Arabia had ‘shared’ a video from the social media account of a private Saudi citizen, without realizing that ‘Israel’ had been edited out. – WATCH clips, see if you spot the difference.
By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
The State Department called the posting of a video by the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia that removed Israel from an announcement about the president’s upcoming trip to the region an “inadvertent mistake.”
On Monday, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., criticized the State Department for “editing out” Israel in the video posted on the Riyadh embassy website and Arabic-language Twitter account. Continue Reading »
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah claims Saudi Arabia seeks to normalize ties with the Jewish State at the expense of the Palestinian Arabs.
By Elad Benari, Canada
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday blasted Saudi Arabia for its alleged “normalization with Israel.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah broadcasts televised speech from his secret underground bunker. – Photo: Reuters/file
“Saudi Arabia has taken advantage of the ailing Arab situation, only to build relations with Israel. The price will be at the account of the Palestinians,” he warned, in comments quoted by Lebanon’s National News Agency.
“This is free normalization with Israel and this will open the doors to other states than Saudi Arabia to follow suit,” added Nasrallah.
With Riyadh having said they would never be under threat of a nuclear Iran, Saudi Arabia has been negotiating with Pakistan on its acquisition of nuclear weapons.
By Matt Wanderman
Saudi Arabia is trying to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan, according to senior US officials.
Nuclear cloud – Photo: US Navy
Saudi Arabia has expressed concerns over the way nuclear negotiations with Iran are being run. It has said that it fears the final agreement would allow Iran the capability of developing nuclear weapons, either by ignoring its obligations or by waiting a few years until the terms are over. Continue Reading »
The Washington Times reports the U.S. is likely to offer the Saudis its advanced GBU-28 bunker buster bombs, that so far is only provided to Israel.
By Moshe Cohen
The United States is likely to offer Saudi Arabia its advanced GBU-28 bunker buster bombs – so far only provided to Israel – as Washington seeks to beef up Saudi Arabia’s ability to lead Gulf countries in defending themselves against Iranian moves in the region.
Bunker Buster – Screenshot
According to the report in the Washington Times, Secretary of State John Kerry will propose the idea to Saudi officials on his visit to that country this week.
Discouraged over Washington’s (lack of?, or uncharacteristic) foreign policy, Saudi Arabia takes the helm to lead a ‘United Arab Army’ against Iran’s unsettling expansionism and world-wide terrorism.
By Gedalyah Reback
The Arab League has never been known for the unity that other international alliances have projected. NATO was a strong, American-led alliance throughout the Cold War (and in many ways still today); the European Union, for all its diversity, has a unified foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman – Reuters
The Arab League on the other hand has been plagued by its members changing heads of state every few years or so in bloody revolutions. Continue Reading »
In warning that a nuclear deal with Iran will spur nuclear proliferation in the Gulf, former Saudi intelligence chief says, ‘If Iran is allowed the ability to enrich uranium… we’ll want the same.’
Any terms that world powers grant Iran under a nuclear deal will be sought by Saudi Arabia and other countries, risking wider proliferation of atomic technology, a senior Saudi prince warned on Monday in a BBC interview.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh – Photo: AFP
“I’ve always said whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, who has previously served as head of Saudi intelligence and Riyadh’s ambassador to Washington and London but is no longer a government official. Continue Reading »
In an unexpected op-ed posted by the editor-in-chief of a fiercely anti-Israel newspaper, Faisal Abbas admits ‘this time’ Netanyahu is right, and Iran must be dealt with.
By Ari Yashar
Al-Arabiya‘s English edition editor-in-chief Faisal J. Abbas wrote a surprising op-ed on Tuesday, calling on US President Barack Obama to listen to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after the latter addressed Congress on the dangers of an Iran nuclear deal being formulated.
Netanyahu – YouTube screenshot
Abbas, whose paper is openly anti-Israel and Saudi-owned, began by scornfully conceding “it is extremely rare for any reasonable person to ever agree with anything Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says or does.
Top Saudi government-controlled paper says Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech will serve Gulf interests “much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.”
By Hillel Fendel
A look at Saudi Arabia’s news media shows that the Persian Gulf monarchy stands squarely behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts Tuesday in Congress.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman – Reuters
In an article in Monday’s edition of the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah (no relation to the Qatar-based television network), columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj comes out strongly against U.S. President Barack Obama. “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf,” he writes, “much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.”
The article was translated and disseminated to Western media by MEMRI, the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
Israeli analysts agree,since the US is no longer curtailing Iran’s nuclear program, the profound drop in oil prices due to the Saudis flooding market is seriously affecting Iran’s spending.
By Ari Yashar
Oil prices have nosedived from $115 a barrel last August to under $60 a barrel by the middle of this month, with many analysts, in the wake of Arutz Sheva columnist and Middle East expert Dr. Mordecai Kedar, appraising that Saudi Arabia has intentionally caused the price drop as a weapon against Iran, over fears of a deal giving the Islamic regime nuclear weapons.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah – Reuters
As the US-led talkscontinue to meet and breach deadlines and Iran demands enough centrifuges to build 38 nuclear bombs each year, the oil prices are seen as way the Saudis can directly harm their Iranian rivals.
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