Video: former Israeli and Saudi Intelligence chiefs share a glass of water

Today, for the first time ever, two former Saudi and Israeli intelligence chiefs appeared together at a public meeting in Brussels.

The former Israeli Military Intelligence (MI) chief was Amos Yadlin. The former Saudi intelligence chief was Prince Turki al-Faisal, who headed Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate for 24 years

They took part in a panel, mediated by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

This is a historic event.

My two cents:

Short term implications

In the immediate future, Israelis (especially) owe a big thank you to Iran for putting the Saudis on the same side as Israel.

I mean when a former Saudi intelligence chief agrees to meet with a former Israeli military intelligence chief overtly, can you imagine how many times they must have met covertly?

I think what we saw today is a possible indication of the extensive contacts between the two sides, and how these days they (the Saudis) feel so comfortable that they are now willing to go public.

This could have only happened because of the Iranian regime’s behaviour towards both countries. This is a tremendous achievement for Israel.

Long term implications

We in Israel will be fooling ourselves if we think no one cares about the Palestinian issue. No, solving it will not solve every problem in this region but as long as we are the ones  being perceived as rejecting peace (and currently we are),  we will continue to pay a heavy price for our policies of occupation.

An occupation which is more related to religious zeal and political bullying of a weaker people (the Palestinians) than anything security related.

I am still waiting to hear a valid security argument for building Israeli homes full of civilians in middle of occupied Palestine territory. Unless you believe in creating and using human shields, it makes no security sense.

Here is a video of the two former intelligence chiefs, talking and at one funny moment, sharing a glass of water.

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Video: Saudi Arabia on Iran & vs Iran

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia needs no introduction. 

However at the recent Koerberstiftung conference in Berlin, there was a very public clash between the Saudi representative Prince Turki Al Faisal and former Iranian ambassador to Germany Hossein Mousavian who is now teaching at Princeton. Prince Turki is the former head of Saudi intelligence and later served as Saudi ambassador to the UK and the US. Hossein Mousavian is also a former nuclear negotiator and a close ally of former president Rafsanjani.

The intense words between them speaks volumes about the unresolved problems between the Iranian regime and the Saudis.

In their relations, both sides have been victims and victimizers. This is unlikely to stop anytime soon. In fact with the religious war in Syria between the Shia and Sunni forces continuing, it’s likely to get worst.

Watch this clip and ask yourself whether the Iranian regime’s hatred for the state of Israel bears more geopolitical or ideological reasoning.

The clip starts at the 29th minute with the presentation by Prince Turki. The response by Mousavian to his accusations against Iran comes soon after that.