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Ex-intel chief invites Saudi royal to Jerusalem to talk peace

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Israel has not accepted the Saudi peace initiative because the Arab League has turned it into a take-it-or-leave-it deal, Israel’s former military intelligence chief said.

Amos Yadlin, who headed the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate from 2006- 2010, made the statement during a public talk in Brussels with Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, director of the General Intelligence of Saudi Arabia from 1979 to and the youngest son of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Yadlin invited Faisal Al Saud to Jerusalem to discuss the details of the proposal but the Saudi declined and called the invitation an unhelpful appeal to emotion and distraction from the main issue.

“The real problem is that the Saudi initiative became the Arab League dictate in a summit in Beirut in 2002,” Yadlin said. “The Saudis modified it into a take it or leave it offer with parameters we can’t accept: Mostly in the issue of returning the Golan to Syrians,” Yadlin said, adding that the settling of the Palestinian refugee problem was also a stumbling block.

Faisal Al Saud disputed Yadlin’s assertion and retorted that Israel should accept the proposal in principle, “and then negotiate on the details.”

The meeting was organized by the German Marshall Fund as follow-up to a public exchange in Munich four months ago between Faisal Al Saud and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians.

The Saudi asked Livni why Israel did not follow up on the initiative, which Saudi Arabia tabled in 2001 and which proposes normalization of ties between Israel and Arab League members in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal from all areas Israel captured in 1967 and  a “just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue that would be “agreed upon” by the parties. Yadlin, who attended the talk in Munich, agreed to provide a reply in Brussels, the talk’s moderator, The Washington Post associate editor David Ignatius, said.

“There is nothing under the table, no hidden agreement or underhanded move or secret clauses to it, the Arabs will recognize Israel diplomatically, normalize relation and hostilities in return for Israel withdrawing from all lands occupied in ’67,” he said.

The speakers, who started off amicably, interjected each other’s sentences after Yadlin invited  Faisal Al Saud to come to Israel, “pray at the [Al Aqsa] Mosque … and come to Knesset and speak to the Israeli people.”

Faisal Al Saud said he would “absolutely not consider it” and criticized Yadlin, saying: Let us not use emotions as means to influence or attempt to divert attention here from the important issue that the Arabs put forward what the rest world agrees is a viable and genuine, sincere proposition for a comprehensive solution.”

But Yadlin said the Arab peace initiative needs to be updated and should serve as a basis for further negotiations.

He added: [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to come to Jeddah and Mecca tomorrow, tomorrow.”

 

Saudis Ordered Nuclear Weapons from Pakistan, Delivery Soon

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Mutually Assured Destruction has just gotten more mutual, with a story the BBC broke Thursday, about Saudi Arabia investing in a Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and getting its cut in atomic bombs. Isn’t free enterprise a peach?

“A variety of sources” have told BBC Newsnight there are NATO intelligence reports that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

Interesting to recall now, as does the BBC, that former head of Israeli military intelligence Amos Yadlin told a conference in Sweden a month ago that once Iran gets the bomb, “the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring.”

Which makes you wonder if it wasn’t Yadlin feeding this story to the BBC.

Since 2009, according to the BBC, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting US special envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that once Iran crossed the threshold, “we will get nuclear weapons,” the Saudis have been sending the Americans many signals of their going ahead with the plan.

Because who wants to live next door to a nuclear Iran?

It’s interesting to note that the fact that Israel has been is possession of hundreds of nuclear bombs never stirred the Saudis next door into hasty action. Is it because they trust Israel, but they deeply mistrust and resent the Iranians? Strong possibility, right?

Back in the late 1980s, the Saudis purchased dozens of CSS-2 ballistic missiles from China—in secret. These rockets are useless as conventional weapons, say the experts. Too inaccurate. But load them up with a nuclear warhead and it won’t really matter how accurate those things are – they’ll kill some Iranians. A lot of Iranians, actually. Enough of them to make the Islamic Republic think twice before it starts leaning on the Kingdom, making demands using their nuclear capability for leverage.

This summer experts at Jane’s reported a new Saudi CSS-2 base with missile launch rails aligned with Israel and Iran.

Just in case…

Former Military Intelligence Chief: ‘Iran Has Crossed the Red Line’

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

“Israel can attack Iran alone and can also deal with the aftermath,” Major-General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former IDF head of military intelligence told the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies. According to Yadlin, Iran has already “crossed the new red line drawn by Israel.”

Yadlin estimated that “the Iranians can very quickly produce a nuclear bomb even now, and the closer they get to the breakthrough moment, the faster they’ll be able to do it – under a presidential order. He warned that as early as this summer Iran will be at a stage where the time lag between an order and a finished bomb will come down to a month or two.

At that point, he warned, it would be extremely difficult to stop Iran.

Gen. Itai Baron, head of the research division at Military Intelligence, said that back in 2012 Israeli experts recognized a difference between the real capabilities of Iran and what it was actually prepared to execute. He estimated that the sanctions imposed on Iran, including international pressure, damage and deter Iran. Yet, despite those influences, Iran’s nuclear program continues to advance in an obvious direction.

“We are in a period of a lot of risks, uncertainties and instability, in an explosive atmosphere and an increased likelihood of escalation scenarios,” Baron concluded. But he nevertheless stressed that the IDF is not expecting an all out war of annihilation directed at Israel, similar to the Yom Kippur War 40 years ago.

Gen. Baron also warned against the Syrian government’s repeated use of chemical weapons and of repeated attempts to send Syrian military equipment to the Hizbollah in Lebanon.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/former-military-intelligence-chief-israel-can-attack-iran-alone/2013/04/23/

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