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Mideast Stability in Question as Saudi Arabia Looks for Heir to King

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Who will lead Saudi Arabia next?

That is the question silently occupying the leaders of world capitals — not to mention the heads of Arab nations in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 90, is arguably the most powerful monarch in the Middle East, partly because his nation is one of the world’s largest oil exporters. The king also exerts a strong grip over political affairs in the region as well, blocking much of the influence of the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, and Iran.

During Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization last summer, King Abdullah aligned with Jordan and Egypt to neutralize the influence of Qatar, Turkey and Iran during Israel’s indirect cease-fire talks with Hamas, brokered by Cairo.

Last Wednesday Abdullah was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical Center in Riyadh after suffering breathing difficulties. By Friday, he required temporary assistance of a tube to help him breathe, but his condition has since stabilized, according to the royal court.

Nevertheless, Friday’s procedure increased speculation about who will be next in line for the throne, despite the fact that the monarch’s condition has stabilized.

The king appointed his half-brother, Prince Salman, to be heir apparent in June 2012. But Salman, 78, is reputed to be in poor health.

Last year Abdullah also appointed Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz to be deputy crown prince as well, ensuring an heir already in place to succeed Salman if the need arises.

Mit’ib, youngest son of King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia who is known as Ibn Saud, is a minister and commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG.) There is speculation by analysts that Abdullah may have arranged with Muqrin to appoint Mit’ib as his crown prince, thus securing the monarchy for the House of Saud.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Saudi Arabian Woman Break the Law by Driving a Car [video]

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Saudi Arabia has extended by 25 days the detention of two women who had the audacity to challenge the kingdom’s ban on women drivers.

Perhaps Saudi officials think women drivers are dangerous and that giving them a license would hike insurance rates. More likely, they are afraid that allowing women behind the wheel would freak out males, for whom the illusion of being superior is sacred.

The women so far have succeeded in driving the kingdom mad.

A relative of one of the women drivers, 25-year-old Loujain al-Hathloul, told the Associated Press that “she wanted to highlight the absurdity” of the Saudi anti-women driver law.

A grassroots camping on behalf of the right of women to drive has drawn 355,000 followers on Twitter, and Loujain al-Hathloul filmed herself last week as she drove from the United Arab Emirates across the Saudi border.

Border guards took her passport and detained her.

It is not yet known if the women will be charged a criminal violation.

UPDATE: Oil Prices Plunging, Saudis May (Or May Not) Even Sell to Israel

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

With oil prices going down, Saudis may begin selling even to Israel. Or it may not.

Saudi Petroleum Minister Ali Al-Naimi was supposedly quoted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Kuna news that the Kingdom is willing to sell oil to any country that wants to buy it, including Israel.

“We do not hold a grudge against any nation and our leaders promote peace, religious tolerance and co-existence,” Al-Naimi was quoted as saying by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

“His Majesty King Abdullah has always been a model for good relations between Saudi Arabia and other states – and the Jewish state is no exception.”

The Oil Minister was reported to have made the statement at a press conference held in Vienna on Sunday, Nov. 30. It was reported by several Arab and Israeli media outlets, but it may have been a hoax.

Even so, if it sent more shivers down the spine of Vladmir Putin, who is watching the ruble collapse and the Russian economy dive in a tailspin because of plunging oil prices on top of American economic sanctions, the false report was worth it.

 

Pro-Hezbollah Singer Arrested for Incitement in Lebanon

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

In Lebanon, a pro-Hezbollah vocalist has been arrested on charges of incitement, according to the singer’s father and judicial officials who spoke with media.

If indicted, tried and convicted, Barakat could face a sentence of six months to three years in prison for the crime of inciting sectarian sentiments, and attacking a friendly nation.

Known as “Hezbollah’s nightingale” Ali Barakat was detained by authorities when he went to collect his passport from the Directorate of General Security in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatiyeh.

“This move violates democracy,” charged Mohammed Barakat, the singer’s father.

The vocalist received a summons in April for releasing sectarian songs that “harm Lebanon’s relations” with other Arab nations, authorities said, according to a report by ABC News that quoted the Associated Press.

One song was titled “Your Terror, Saudi Arabia,” referring to rival Arab regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, which backs the Syrian rebels. The Hezbollah terrorist organization backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Several glorified Hezbollah, including one released on the 14th anniversary of the Israeli army’s withdrawal from Lebanon. He sang about Hezbollah conquering the Galilee — a goal the terrorist group has said it will reach in the next war — and of bombing the Golan Heights.

“We are coming to blow up the volcano in the Galilee and the Golan,” he sang. “Hezbollah’s fighting in Syria is the greatest proof.” The backdrop video images flashed during the song included a map of the Galilee and shots of damage to Syrian rebels caused by Hezbollah

“Your turn will come, occupier,” he sang. “In the next war, you will disappear.”

Barakat was apparently warned prior to his arrest that his incitement could endanger him.

An official linked to Hezbollah who spoke with media on condition of anonymity said, “When we heard some of his songs that we found not suitable we objected. Still, he went on with them.” He added that Barakat is not a member of the terrorist group.

Kerry Ready for another ‘Framework’ to Let Iran Off the Hook

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The deadline for an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on its nuclear development are likely to be delayed for another month as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to settle for a ”framework” that is likely to be worth as much as his “framework” for his other folly, known as the Peace Process.

As of now, there are a few hours before the Monday night “deadline,” a meaningless term since the last deadline also was extended.

The “framework” is supposed to spell out some “principles” on which Iran and the P5+1 can agree on. Iran has no problem agreeing on principles so long as they remain on paper.

Unofficial reports from Vienna are that both sides will adjourn on Monday and try again next month to reach deal that virtually everyone except the P5+1 cannot be reached unless it gives Iran a free ticket for nuclear weapon.

The Arab world, led by Saudi Arabia, do not trust Iran.

Iran does not trust Iran.

But the Western countries, led by Kerry, still “talk the talk,” believe that more talk is the solution to all problems because it prevents anybody from doing anything.

Of course, everyone including Kerry knows that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon, while Tehran insists its nuclear development is for “peaceful purposes,” which in its language means annihilating Israel so the Middle East can be made safe for an Islamic state that then can either buy up the United States or bury it, depending on the price of oil.

One western diplomat was quoted as having said on Monday, as if he hasn’t said it every day, “Some progress has been made,” whatever “progress” is supposed to mean.

UAE Names CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Groups

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The United Arab Emirates classified the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to be terrorist organizations on Saturday.

The seven-member federation cabinet listed two of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties groups with the backers of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi and the largest international terrorist organization, as well as some 83 other Islamist groups as terror organizations.

On the list were the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the WAM official state news agency.

CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation case in which its leaders were found guilty of aiding Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the case.

The Muslim American Society also has ties to the Brotherhood, as explained by a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported the group was secretly created by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

In a statement released Saturday, MAS responded that the group was “shocked” to read it was listed with “numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization… Before proceeding any further we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports,” the group said.

The move to name the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia this past March. Egypt had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization last December. It was the second time the group had been outlawed in Egypt, albeit the first ouster of a Brotherhood-backed president, also the first Egyptian leader to be chosen in democratic elections that many believed were rigged.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar predicted in an interview last week, meanwhile, that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually merge. The Muslim Brotherhood is “at the root” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Oktar said during his A9TV satellite television program on November 11. “The Brotherhood in Egypt could soon come entirely under ISIL control… [Gaza’s ruling terrorist group] Hamas may also join ISIL,” he added, using the alternate name for ISIS, the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

“No harm will befall Israel. But there will be a chain of recruitment to ISIL… Very few groups in the Islamic world will not join. The Brotherhood is at the roots of Al Qaeda and Hamas. The Brotherhood fed them both.”

Arab World in Uproar over Saudi Arabia’s Use of Word ‘Israel’ on Map

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Saudi MBC TV has apologized hundreds of millions of viewers of its popular Arab Idol show that displayed the word ”Israel” on the map showing the native country of two Israeli Arab singers who performed on stage, according to Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, writing for the Gatestone Report.

Arab Idol is the most widely watched television show in the Arab world, and viewers were so incensed over the appearance of the map of the contestants’ country with the name “Israel” that they went online to stage a boycott campaign of MBC.

It was the first time that the show hosted Arab citizens of Israel, who were identified as Manal Moussa, 25 and Haitham Khalailah, 24, residents of the Galilee.

Last month, the station began showing maps of contestant’s home countries. After it displayed “Israel,” viewers fumed.

“The Saudi station and directors of the Arab Idol show quickly learned…that they had committed a big and unforgivable crime,” Abu Toameh wrote. ”Within minutes, they were flooded with requests to remove Israel from the map and apologize to all Arabs for this ‘serious offense.’”

One of the boycott campaigns on Twitter was named “Shut Down Arab Idol,” and another campaign was entitled “Palestine is Arab, not Hebrew,” an apparent ruse to avoid using the curse word “Israel.”

Some complaints labeled the station as “Zionist Arabs.”

MBC explained to its viewers that a “technical error: was the reason for the crime, and it quickly renamed the country as “Palestine” and the two singers, who hold Israeli passports, now are called “Palestinians.”

Let’s just assume that the Saudi Initiative of 2002, which calls for “normalization” of relations between the Arab League nations and Israel if the country simply would return to the Temporary Armistice Lines – the “Auschwitz” borders as Abba Eban called them.

What happens to the two “Palestinian” singers from Israel? Do they automatically become Israelis?

Or does Saudi Arabia want to transfer the entire “Palestinian” population in Israel to the would-be Palestinian state?

Or maybe, just maybe, Saudi Arabia wants all Israeli Jews to become “Palestinians?”

Just maybe.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-world-in-uproar-over-saudi-arabias-use-of-word-israel-on-map/2014/10/09/

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