NETANYAHU TRIES TO THROW COLD WATER ON SAUDI ARABIA’S PEACE DEAL WITH IRAN

Three Men Pour a Bucket of Ice on Their Head

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, warned Saudi Arabia not to put too much stock in the Chinese-brokered peace deal with Iran and that countries fooled by Tehran end up in “misery.”

China pulled off a major diplomatic score when it announced a truce deal in March between Iran and Saudi Arabia, regional rivals. The deal restored full diplomatic relations between the countries that ended seven years ago. (See “BYE, BYE USA: SAUDI’S SHIFTING EAST,” 4 Apr 2023.)

Netanyahu, who has faced upheaval at home over plans to upend the country’s judiciary, told CNBC that “those who partner with Iran partner with misery.”

“Look at Lebanon, look at Yemen, look at Syria, look at Iraq; these are countries that are almost on the failed state’s status,” he said. He continued: “95 percent of the problems in the Middle East emanate from Iran.”

Netanyahu said he believes normalization and peace with Saudi Arabia would be a huge score for Israel and advance peace in the Middle East. 

“We view that as perhaps a giant leap towards ending the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he said. “This agreement could have monumental consequences, historic consequences both for Israel, for Saudi Arabia, for the region, and for the world.”

TRENDPOST: We have long noted that Israel sees Riyadh as a useful tool if a full-scale war breaks out against Iran. (See “MIDDLE EAST MELTDOWN: ISRAEL LOOKS TO SAUDI ARABIA TO COUNTER IRAN,”21 Feb 2023.)

There are some problems between Saudi Arabia and Israel that will not be easily resolved, despite the shared hatred for Iran, namely, Saudi Arabia’s insistence on a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu met with Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security adviser, in January and issued a statement that he hopes to “deepen the Abraham Accords and widen the circle of peace, with an emphasis on a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia,” The Times of Israel reported. 

The paper wrote, “But while the Saudis have softened toward Israel in recent years, allowing Israeli flights to use the country’s airspace, the new hardline Netanyahu government is unlikely to provide a welcoming atmosphere for any such deal.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem last week—after visiting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh. He told reporters that Saudi Arabia will only normalize ties if its ties with the U.S. get upgraded and the Saudis get a new “defense” and trade deal. 

Graham “indicated that he did not believe Israel needed to resolve its conflict with the Palestinians or even to enter negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to arrive at a Saudi deal,” The Jerusalem Post reported. 

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., has warned against kowtowing to Saudi Arabia for only Israel’s sake. 

“If we’re going to enter into a relationship with the Saudis where we’re doing more significant arms sales, it should be in exchange for better behavior toward the United States, not just better behavior toward Israel,” he told The New York Times.

TREND FORECAST: The bottom line is money and power and as we have noted, much of the world has had enough of U.S. monetary and military hegemony. Saudi Arabia is now getting paid in yuan by China for oil that they sell them. The Saudi war against Yemen Houthis has dragged on now for eight years, and with no end in sight they are seeking peace with Iran who has been accused of arming the Houthis.  

There is also growing anti-Israeli sentiment spreading in nations that once unconditionally supported Israel following the judicial reform acts that the new Israeli government has been trying to impose. Indeed, the front page headline in last Thursday’s The New York Times was: Israel’s Right-Wing Government Has Jewish Democrats at a Loss.

The article went on to say, “American lawmakers defending Israel have often fallen back on what they call the countries’ shared democratic values. But defending the current far-right government is proving a lot harder.”

And as Gerald Celente says, “When all else fails, they take you to war. Therefore, with Netanyahu’s government failing, we forecast he will ramp up war with Palestine and/or with Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.

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