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September 2017

US House to discuss missile sanctions bill against Iran next week

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In a Friday joint statement, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the number two House Republican, and Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed Congress’ resolve to work with US President Donald Trump’s administration to iron out a strategy against Iran. Keep Reading

Saudi dignitary’s travel to Israel sparks speculation

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An unidentified Saudi dignitary travelled to Israel recently, Arab and Israeli media speculated, even though the country does not share formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Local media reports said the Gulf official went to Israel to discuss “regional peace”.
An emir of the Saudi royal court visited the country secretly in recent days and discussed with senior Israeli officials the idea of advancing regional peace,” said a Voice of Israel radio report.

According to a Bloomberg report on Monday, communications minister Ayoub Kara said he had met with someone from the Gulf, without divulging any details.

“I met with an important person from a Gulf country and that’s all I can say about it,” Kara told Bloomberg.

Speculation of the meeting has come shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech last Wednesday, in which he said Israel’s relations with the Arab world have never been better in “any other period in Israeli history”.

Related: Inching Closer To Saudi Arabia, Israel Moves To Ban Al Jazeera

That same day, Israeli reporter Ariel Kahana set out to investigate the PM’s comment, after which he tweeted – based on sources that wished to remain anonymous – that “the background of [Netanyahu’s] statement is the visit of a prominent character from the Arab world today in Israel”.

The following Thursday, Israel Radio correspondent Simon Aran announced via Twitter that it was a Saudi prince who “visited Israel secretly and met with high-ranking Israeli officials to discuss the promotion of regional peace”.

Aran told Middle East Eye that he believes Netanyahu’s speech on Wednesday coupled with several reports by Israeli and Saudi media – all sourced to unidentified individuals – make it seem “very logical that a visit took place”.

Finally, another hint came on Friday from the Gulf, when an officer in the Emirati security forces tweeting under a pseudonym claimed that it was Mohammed bin Salman, accompanied by an entourage of Saudi officials, who visited Israel.

A person associated with several high-ranking Israeli officials told MEE he is “100 percent certain a prominent official from the Gulf visited Israel”. The source said he saw pictures and conclusive information indicating that a visit took place, but he is not certain if it was indeed the Saudi crown prince or someone else.

Shaul Yanai, an Israeli expert on Middle Eastern affairs from Haifa University, told MEE he is not surprised by speculations of a meeting.

Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman and Netanyahu are saying relations with Saudi have never been better, and the reason “for this is the joint strategic coordination against Iran. Iran threatens everybody in the Middle East, this is the main issue here – an alliance against Iran,” Yanai said.

Related: US Diplomat: New Saudi Crown Prince Is Israel’s ‘Dream Come True’

“Judging by Israeli media, a senior official from Saudi did visit Israel, but I’m not sure it is Mohammed bin Salman, as he is perhaps the most powerful man in the kingdom, and you don’t send such a person to attend secret meetings. That said, he is young and known for breaking traditions, so I can’t be certain that it isn’t him,” Yanai added.

Yanai also said that Saudi planes have been landing in the military zone of Ben Gurion airport, fuelling further speculation. He added that Saudi Arabia has been frustrated with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi has been re-evaluating its relationship with Israel over the past two months. They need Israel because they don’t trust the United States any more. Trump is disappointing them, he isn’t clear about the crisis in Qatar, he’s allowing the Russians to act in Syria, he’s facing his own problems at home and has no time for them. He’s unstable,” said Yanai.

Other media, however, said that it was a Qatari official who travelled to Israel.

According to Elaph, an Arab-language newspaper based out of London, “a high-level Qatari official quietly visited Tel Aviv mid-week and discussed security issues with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”.

Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar do not share diplomatic ties with Israel, but the two countries are locked in a tense dispute after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the small Petro-Gulf state on 5 June.

This post was written by Yuval Abraham and was originally published by Middle East Eye.

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Saudi Arabia warns UN again to prevent the investigation of war crimes in Yemen

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According to the sources, Saudi Arabia and Washington began exerting enormous pressure to prevent the UN Secretary-General’s decision to include the alliance on the black list since the leak of the result of the investigation of UN experts, which condemned the coalition again the killing of children of Yemen, noting that Saudi Arabia stepped up its pressure to threaten to cut funding as it did during the era of the Secretary-General Former “Ban Ki-moon”. Keep Reading

Facts hidden by the UAE about its military aircraft crashed in Yemen and the fate of its crew

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The second deputy pilot of Sultan Mohammed Ali al-Naqbi died after his plane crashed as a result of a technical defect while performing his mission in the process of “restoring hope” in the operations of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen. Keep Reading

900 days of aggression on Yemen; more than 34,072 Yemeni civilians martyrs and wounded

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The statistics of the center received by the Saba news agency that the number of martyrs reached 12 thousand and 907 citizens, including two thousand and 768 children and a thousand and 980 women, while the number of wounded 21 thousand and 165 citizens, including two thousand and 598 children and two thousand and 149 women. Keep Reading

Hurricane Irma and the long story of American mismanagement

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Reports indicate that the death of 22 persons have been confirmed so far and many more are still missing. Keep Reading

Hadi promotes UAE sovereignty in southern Yemen

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Although the UAE is part of the alliance with Saudi Arabia in Yemen, it is considered the biggest competition for the government of Riyadh, where observers believe that one of the most important objectives of the UAE in the alliance is to save its economic system through control of ports and expansion of land and borders, and seeks to include some islands and territories Yemen to its territory, that is, hitting two birds in one room. Keep Reading

China’s role in Israel’s artificial Gaza island project

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Yisrael Katz, Israeli Minister of Transport, has long had proposed his brainchild project to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza Strip. But in recent years, his idea has become highlighted as almost all the Israeli officials are rooting for the project, except Prime Minister Netanyahu. Keep Reading

Gulf fox’ destroys Al Saud for throne of “New Middle East”

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Where observers see that Saudi Arabia to improve its image in front of Arab and Western public opinion after committing its heinous crimes against the Yemeni people of women and children, isolation and destruction of infrastructure has pushed the UAE regime to the forefront to reduce the condemnations directed by some international organizations. Keep Reading

White House social media director slammed for his fake news

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The video posted by Mr. Scavino proved fake after the reactions by a group of users on twitter were followed by the official page of Miami International Airport rejecting the relevance of the video to the airport. The fact is that in the video, neither the airport was in Miami nor the hurricane was Irma. Keep Reading

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