Saudi Arabia’s Role in Strengthening Greater Israel | New Eastern Outlook

07-11-20 09:57:00,

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Amid Trump’s comments regarding the fact that after the presidential election he wants to hold a ceremony of signing a peace agreement between Israel and the Saudi Arabia, with King Salman and his son present there, Yori Cohen, the head of Mossad, has already stated that “normalization of relations with Israel will be a gift from Riyadh to the new US president – regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden wins.”

As previously reported by Israelinfo, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been secretly negotiating with the US since December 2019, to implement the “deal of the century” from the US President Donald Trump, and to include representatives of Saudi Arabia in the “Muslim Guardian Council for Holy Sites” on the Temple Mount. According to Arab diplomatic circles, Israel and the US are openly interested in Riyadh (and with it the UAE and Bahrain) supporting the “deal of the century”, including extending Israeli sovereignty to some territories in the West Bank.

One of the main objectives of these talks between the Jewish state and the largest Arab monarchy, according to Israel Hayom, is to prevent Turkey from increasing its influence in Palestinian affairs in the Guardian Council, particularly in the matter of protection of Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Saudi diplomats have confirmed to the press that these talks were conducted by small teams of diplomats and special service officers from Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia as part of the American peaceful Middle East initiative, titled “deal of the century”. As is well known, in recent years Saudi Arabia has been facing harsh confrontation with the current Turkish authorities.

It must be noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount is the third Islam shrine after the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. In 1994, after the signing of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, the King of Jordan received a special status —Protector of Islamic shrines in Jerusalem — and the Jordanian monarch (at that time – Hussein ibn Talal) promised to transfer the authority to protect Muslim shrines in East Jerusalem to the Palestinians when they restore their rights in that part of the city. After Jordan’s decision to include Palestinian representatives in the Guardian Council on the Temple Mount,

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Saudi Arabia Is Just An Honest America: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

19-08-20 06:50:00,

Saudi Arabia is just an honest version of America. The tyranny is right out in the open, state censorship is straightforward instead of being outsourced to Silicon Valley, the oligarchs and the official government are the same people, they don’t pretend their wars are humanitarian, and they just directly murder journalists they dislike instead of a using fake judicial system to do it.

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Look at Yemen with fresh eyes and it will haunt your dreams and fill you with mountain-moving rage.

That’s why people don’t.

That’s why people should.

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Steal from the wealthy and give a bit to your friend and they’ll call you a thief. Steal from the working class and give a bit to agendas you approve of and they’ll call you a philanthropist.

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Placing yourself in the ideological center between two corporatist warmongering parties doesn’t make you a centrist, it makes you a corporatist warmonger.

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Watching liberals fake enthusiasm for Biden/Harris is like watching women fake enthusiasm in really gross porn. Come on darling, you’re clearly only in this because you’re badly traumatized and got manipulated into an exploitative situation where you felt like you had no choice.

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Hillary lost because she was a shit candidate and her supporters didn’t phone bank enough. If Biden loses it will be for the exact same reasons. Stop trying to blame a small, powerless slice of the political spectrum which has nothing in common with you and your shit candidates.

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You know how liberals have spent four years screaming at you for not voting for Hillary, and how it doesn’t bother you in the slightest and you relish the taste of their tears? FYI that’s all they can do if you refuse to vote for Biden too.

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People only ever think you’re wrong to reject mainstream politics and media because they have no idea how fucked things really are.

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It’s not the most famous mainstream media lies that do the most damage. It’s the little ones they tell many time every day via spin, omission, half-truth and distortion which cause everyone to accept the idea that this bat shit crazy status quo is normal and inescapable.

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Has Saudi Once More Made a Catastrophic Oil Blunder? | New Eastern Outlook

13-07-20 08:51:00,

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In March of this year Saudi Arabia launched what was clearly a catastrophic move to regain its role as the world oil superpower. What initially was a move aimed at taking markets away from Russia, after the latter declined to make further production cuts, has quickly turned into a clumsy even catastrophic repeat of the Saudi 2014 oil miscalculation. At this point US shale oil industry is indeed hurting as a result. However, OPEC and Saudi Arabia are themselves in a deep crisis whose outcome may radically transform the geopolitical power map of oil.

In the early days of March just as the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns were spreading across Europe, the Middle East and North America, a Vienna OPEC ministers meeting discussed how to stabilize world oil prices amid falling economic demand. Saudi Arabia as the strongest voice in OPEC  essentially called for Russia to take the bulk of added proposed output cuts of some 300,000 barrels  daily, something Russia politely but firmly declined. At that point, on orders from Saudi de facto monarch, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi embarked on an aggressive strategy of price dumping its oil on especially European markets to undercut Russian sales. The upshot, as the price war continued, was the worst collapse in oil prices since the Saudi 2014 failed strategy to bankrupt the US shale oil industry.

What Saudi strategists did not calculate was a pandemic response beginning mid-March that would bring oil demand to new lows as air travel virtually stopped along with much auto and truck transport. In 2016 as the Saudi low pricing war against US shale oil proved disastrous bringing oil from $100 a barrel to below $30, Russia agreed for the first time, as the world’s largest oil producer, to join with Saudi-led OPEC to cut oil production by some 2 million bpd. Prices then began a slow recovery.

The problem is that the US shale oil sector recovered as well, with astonishing success as the US in the past two years has become the world’s largest oil producer.  This time with a weakening world economic growth evident already in late 2019, before the “corona depression,” the Saudis again badly miscalculated as world oil prices went into free fall. Within two days of the Saudi announcement of modest 10% price cuts,

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Who and what is behind the Crisis in Saudi Arabia? | New Eastern Outlook

04-04-20 09:05:00,

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One of the key players in the global fossil fuel market – Saudi Arabia – a rich and influential kingdom, is currently experiencing quite a severe crisis. Saudi Arabia’s outward stability as a nation state and its rulers’ seemingly firm grip on power belie deep-seated rifts, the discontent felt by the elite and social tensions.

A high unemployment rate among the youth, wide-spread poverty, and tensions not only within the royal family but also between Sunni and Shia Muslims are all factors that call into question the ability of the Saudi rulers to maintain stability within the kingdom and to hold onto power in the long-term. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud promised his people decisive reform and innovation, with the help of, for instance, Saudi Vision 2030. However, implementing changes within a conservative religious society is not easy, and other questionable steps taken by Mohammad Bin Salman only tend to make things worse.

Tensions that have built up within Saudi Arabia’s closed society for a long time could erupt at any time nowadays for many reasons. Some people are dissatisfied with the rapid pace of changes proposed by Mohammad Bin Salman while others are unhappy about how slow they are. At present, the kingdom is at crossroads as its economy and the standard of living in the nation are deteriorating because crude oil prices are low; the war in Yemen is a fiasco and so is the blockade of Qatar, and Iran’s influence is expanding in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. And the succession to the throne is in question too.

In addition, the Crown Prince’s personal issues are having a negative impact on his relationship with Washington. The author believes that unfortunately for Mohammad Bin Salman, he “bet on the wrong horse” during the US election race, and despite his reputation for being adept at backroom politics, after the Democrats lost in November 2016, his relationship with the key backer, the United States, began to deteriorate. According to the author, Donald Trump has not forgotten about the active support the Crown Prince provided to his opponents and, apparently, even tried to instigate a coup in Saudi Arabia in autumn 2017. Its aim was to ensure that a Saudi prince more loyal to Donald Trump came to power.

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