Blog note: Israel is forging a common front with Saudi Arabia, against Iran in the region. Saudis and Israelis are friendly towards each other and consider themselves united against the Iranian threat. This is one reason why Saudi Arabia is in a strong position to help endorse and confirm whatever “peace and security” agreement Israel eventually agrees to. If the peace agreement with the Palestinians forces the checking of Iranian power, the Saudi’s will be for it. The Trump ‘deal of the century’ team has been conferring with Saudi’s leading up to whatever will be announced soon. Trump knows that Saudi Arabia is the KEY ally in the region that has the power to rally other Arab nations in coming to a regional consensus in confirmation or approval of any peace deal. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel see themselves as friends because of this statement. International support of and for Mohammed Bin Salman and Saudi Arabia, by Israel, is exactly what the Crown Prince needs and wants. End of note.
Blog note: Saudi Arabia can basically ‘get away with’ anything it wants to. End of note.
‘IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SAUDI ARABIA WAS DESTABILIZED’
Netanyahu said to urge Washington to stick by Saudi crown prince
Amid Khashoggi murder fallout, Israeli and Egyptian leaders reportedly call on Trump administration not to let incident undermine strategic relations with Riyadh
By TOI STAFF. 1 November 2018, 10:34 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called senior American officials recently to urge that Washington not abandon its support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid growing criticism over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, according to multiple reports. A Thursday report in The Washington Post said Netanyahu told Trump administration officials that bin Salman was a key strategic partner and a linchpin of the alliance against Iranian encroachment in the region.
A senior Israeli official also told Channel 10, “What happened with Khashoggi’s murder is very problematic, and that’s an understatement. But we have significant interests related to Saudi Arabia. We have to ensure stability [in Saudi Arabia]. Imagine what would happen if Saudi Arabia were destabilized. It would affect the entire region.”
Netanyahu has refrained from publicly weighing in on the murder by Saudi agents of journalist and regime critic Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The murder has drawn withering criticism of Riyadh from around the world. Israeli officials confirmed the Post’s report to the Ynet news site, saying Netanyahu urged officials in Washington not to allow the close relationship with the Saudi crown prince to be undermined by the incident. One Israeli official said, “Saudi Arabia is a very important state in the region, and Israel and other nations have a major interest in ensuring its continued stability.”
The Post also reported that bin Salman, in conversations with the White House, has described Khashoggi as “a dangerous Islamist,” claiming he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The journalist’s family told the Post in response: “Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years. Jamal Khashoggi was not a dangerous person in any way possible. To claim otherwise would be ridiculous.” Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi. It is also pressing Saudi Arabia for information concerning Khashoggi’s remains, which still haven’t been found, as well as who ordered the journalist’s slaying. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also called on Riyadh to disclose the identity of an alleged local collaborator said to have been involved in disposing of Khashoggi’s body.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his fiancée, who was waiting for him outside. A critic of the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.