Both Britain and the US encouraged Saudi Arabia and the UAE to take the lead when it comes to war with Yemen, after being burnt by the experience of Iraq and Afghanistan when it comes to direct intervention in the Middle East.
But after three years, and a brutal strategy of starving the civilian population in the country, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are now trying to rein the Crown Prince in, without detering him from continuing to spend billions on arms purchases from both countries.~2018
From trolls to TV, Riyadh is rewriting history to undermine the entire Palestinian struggle, softening up the Arab world for its pending normalization with Israel
“Liars, cheats and ungrateful.” That was the assessment of one of Saudi Arabia’s most senior royals, Bandar bin Sultan, on decades of Palestinian leaders.
It is also curiously close to the language employed for decades by Israel’s right-wing peace rejectionists.
Why would a Saudi royal who’s a former intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, and once acclaimed as “the key figure in Middle Eastern diplomacy,” invest hours of his time in a tireless, televised attack on Palestinians past and present, not least when Riyadh’s official line is to accept normalization only when Israel agrees to “a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital,” in the recent words of another senior Saudi royal
The answer, of course, is to that Saudi Arabia is now the foremost protagonist of the ongoing regional normalization frenzy, and is engaged in an all-fronts media campaign to not only legitimize the UAE’s accords with Israel, but to embed a revisionist Mideast history in time for Riyadh to abandon decades of Arab consensus and establish relations itself with Israel.
The trigger for Bandar bin Sultan’s three-episode appearance on Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya, in which he unleashed this barrage of attacks, was what he framed as “shocking statements” from “the Palestinian leadership” in response to the UAE and Bahrain’s accords.