(ANTIMEDIA) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) recently met with leaders of a number of right-wing Jewish organizations, including the notorious pro-Israel lobby AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), according to a leaked copy of his itinerary obtained by Haaretz.
Aside from AIPAC, MBS also met with a number of other groups that have donated millions to illegal settlement building. These groups are also responsible for launching efforts to quash the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and include the likes of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA), as well leaders from the Conference of Presidents, B’nai B’rith, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
If ever proof was needed that Saudi Arabia has completely abandoned the Palestinian people in favor of its longstanding commitment to focus its resources on its regional power struggle against Iran, this is it. AIPAC is one of the primary backers of legislation in the U.S. that seeks to target and stifle BDS, allegedly spending millions in the process.
Between 2012 and 2015, JFNA reportedly gave almost $6 million to advance illegal Israeli settlements, allegedly also aiding Jewish families suspected or convicted of violence against Palestinian people.
This latest development is part of an overall pattern of a continued strengthening of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia (even though Saudi Arabia technically doesn’t recognize Israel as a state). What we should worry about, however, is the likelihood that Saudi Arabia will be expecting something from Israel in return for MBS’ newfound partnership with Israel, and it shouldn’t be too hard to venture a guess as to what that something is.
As Middle East Eye explained previously:
“Saudi Arabia will only be able to destabilize Lebanon if it works with Israel, the only country with the military capabilities to threaten Lebanon’s fragile peace. Will Mohammed bin Salman go as far as striking a deal with Israel in which he offers full normalisation in return for Israel destroying Hezbollah and Iran in Lebanon?”
As the Saudi-Israel alliance solidifies, expect things to heat up in both Syria and Lebanon. The most direct way of countering Iran’s expanding influence without going to war with Iran on Iranian soil is through these latter two countries, and Saudi Arabia has had its sights set on both of them for a long time now — as has Israel.
On another note, MBS is also reportedly set to meet with Oprah Winfrey and has already met with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, alleged war criminal Henry Kissinger, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, Rupert Murdoch, CIA director Mike Pompeo (who is next in line for the position of secretary of state), Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Jared Kushner, who MBS allegedly bragged about having “in his pocket.”
He is also set to meet renowned business leaders such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Apple’s Tim Cook, and the CEOs of Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Uber, the Walt Disney Company and Lockheed Martin (no surprises on that last one).
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