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King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, age 81, is planning to step down next week and announce 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as his successor, according to an exclusive report by the UK’s Daily Mail.com, citing a source close to the Saudi royal family.

“Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of [the Crown Prince] as King of Saudi Arabia next week,” the source told the Daily Mail.

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According to the source, once crowned as monarch, Mohammed will focus on Iran, and allegedly hopes to enlist Israel’s aid in dealing with its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. “Plan B is to fight Hezbollah in Syria” if Israel does not agree to start a conflict with the guerrilla group in Lebanon.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.