Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination to Provoke War With Lebanon

The bets have been placed and the chips are down, but not everybody is sure what the stakes are.  In the gathering of power in the Saudi Arabian government, Prince Salman has been doing everything in textbook techniques right out of the Game of Thrones.  Carefully eliminate your enemies within the nation through one quick, overnight strike and consolidate power though unlikely and historically unprecedented alliances.

In this case, the Saudi Arabian prince has chosen carefully.  Not a couple of months ago, President Donald Trump visited the Middle East with a package that was designed to get the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel into a sort of pact that would consolidate power there and (we hope) create a more stable Middle East region.

After the abysmal attempts of the Obama administration to feed the nuclear-hungry nation of Iran with massive spoonfuls of billions of dollars and the key to nuclear armament, the surrounding nations, many of which were just eking out a profit by engaging in commerce with Israel for the first time in decades, became worried for their safety.  Iran is a huge part of the Middle East, dwarfing all nearby nations and rivaling the size of both Turkey and KSA.  This nation, a long-known supporter of terror worldwide, was brazen and had been given a shot of confidence in the arm as Obama-friendly nations in Europe jumped on the give-Iran-a-nuclear-chance bandwagon.

Yet, even with all of the prizes and giveaways that Obama made sure to impart upon a nation that he obviously felt an affinity with, terror sponsored by this nation continues today, despite new sanctions by the United Nations.

The military package that Trump offered to KSA, UAE and Israel was meant to quell their fears and ensure that they had the proper tools to combat this menace in the east.

Unknown to many in America, the press in Israel identically matches the press here in the States.  It is violently Leftist in its bias and has worked every single day to demean, detour, undermine and block the efforts of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since he has been in power.  The press in Israel is just as partisan far-Left as any in the United States and that is a segue to the piece you’re about to read.

The Israeli news Channel 10 intercepted a communication between the Netanyahu government and its ambassadors and diplomats abroad.  The gist of the communication was that they were to put political pressure on their host nations in regards to the affairs that were taking place in Lebanon through Hezbollah’s and Iran’s influence and were to agree with the Saudi Arabian stance that Lebanon had, in essence, declared war on KSA.

As expected, Saudi Arabia has cast itself as the victim of external Shia plotting after its internal weekend of chaos which included a missile attack from Yemen, the deaths of two princes and other high officials within a mere 24 hours, and an aggressive crackdown against dissent in the royal family which saw close to a dozen princes placed under house arrest. And as Al Jazeera noted, in this Saudi version of ‘Game of Thrones’, the 32-year-old Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) shows that he is willing to throw the entire region into jeopardy to wear the royal gown.

While Saudi Arabia has long blamed Iran for sowing unrest in the region, this evening’s declaration by Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan that Lebanon has “declared war” against the kingdom is truly an historic first. But perhaps the biggest problem is that international media is currently uncritically spreading the statement, whereas what such a bizarre claim actually warrants is laughter. Thankfully, Nassim Nicholas Taleb sums it up nicely with a basic geography lesson: “Either the media is stupid, or Saudi rulers are stupid, or both. Lebanon did not formally declare war and there is no common border.”

Though clearly absurd (that Lebanon has declared war on KSA), the statement is driven by legitimate and deep-rooted fear, for not only has Hezbollah transformed itself into a Middle East powerhouse whose influence has grown vastly in the midst of the Syrian war, but it has transitioned into a quasi-state which has gained the respect of Lebanese and Arabs across the region. As we’ve noted many times before, it is fear of Hezbollah and its increasingly broad acceptance and legitimacy within Lebanese state institutions that also drives heightened Israeli rhetoric and bellicosity of late, which has once again “surprisingly” found itself on the same side as Saudi Arabia.

It’s patently obvious that Tyler Durden doesn’t agree with the assessment that Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the right side of this argument, but it is intriguing to note that there is a lack of the understanding of the current state of affairs that exists in the Middle East.  Durden is completely missing a key ingredient into this whole episode as it’s unfolding and that is that the Middle East has been in a constant state of war for the past 30 years, in one form or another.  In a nation that sees stabbings of its citizens, both Jew and Christian, on a DAILY basis by Hezbollah and Hamas extremists, is it any wonder that Israel believes itself to be surrounded by enemies?

The police in Israel are trained to be on constant alert when women in hijabs and niqabs approach them, because historically they have been attacked with knives and machetes by these people.  This is happening right now, as you read these words!  Every…single…day.

I ask you again, is it any wonder that Israel is concerned for its safety?

Pronouncing the Hezbollah as being an organization that has “broad acceptance and legitimacy within Lebanese state institutions” is precisely why all the fear.  Both the Saudis and the Israelis realize that Hezbollah has always benefitted from its funding by Iran.  After hundreds of billions more were poured into Iranian coffers by the Obama administration, much of that went directly to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

Taking the line of the Israeli Leftist media in blaming the Israeli government for wanting better solutions in dealing with this growing (and real) threat is naïve and very callous.  If the United States were in a constant state of war inside its own country and with surrounding nations for 30 years and counting, do you think that perhaps the people would have tired of it and voted in someone to end it.  Netanyahu is the only Israeli leader to have taken a very hardline stance against the violence of Muslim extremists and has moved to solidify power in order to remain tough.  As here in the US, the Israeli people voted him in to combat these murderers and the Leftist press there continues to exonerate the attackers and excoriate the defenders.

The charge that the Israelis and the Saudis are corroborating should have been met with a nod of approval in that it’s about time that they have stopped considering each other enemies, as has been the case for hundreds of years.  Instead, the news of this co-existence and working together to solve a very deadly situation that is being fed by the Iranian government is met with consternation and faux-outrage.

Tyler Durden is dead wrong in this piece and that’s rare.  However, a visit to the Holy Lands may shed a bit more light on this subject matter for Durden.  The Israeli people would treat him very well there.  I can’t say that of the Lebanese Hezbollah members.

Source:  ZeroHedge 1 / ZeroHedge 2



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