Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

#Saudi regime negotiating to purchase nukes from #Pakistan?

22 Jan

Some odd behavior by the Saudis.

According to a report in today’s Independent:

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, has refused to answer questions about reports Riyadh was attempting to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan, but said the Kingdom would do “whatever it takes” to protect itself.

Well, you could say its possible that he has nothing to say. Thats why he is refusing to discuss this any further.

True, but when you add this warning by John Kerry on Monday when he:

warned Saudi Arabia and Pakistan against trading nuclear weapons, saying there would be “all kinds of NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] consequences” if they did.

Then another picture emerges, especially when you place it in the context that it was the Saudis who have been financing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the fact that the Saudis were one of the leading voices of opposition against the Iran nuclear deal.

Lets keep an eye on this story.

Saudi Arabia feels impact of low #oil prices

6 Aug

Oil prices have been falling over the last few years +

Saudi Arabia has been fighting a new war in Yemen +

The Saudi government has been increasing handouts to government employees over the last few years =

The Saudis are starting to feel the financial strain. So much so that they have started borrowing quietly on the domestic market.

The podcast below from the Financial Times explains more:

http://podcast.ft.com/index.php?sid=29&pid=2894

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

26 May

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.

Part 2

Final part