Tel Aviv (GPA) – Israeli broadcaster Channel 10 released a cable yesterday revealing some explosive information.
Earlier this week, Geopolitics Alert reported on the resignation of Saudi businessman and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. While it was obvious that Hariri’s resignation was an idea cooked up by Saudi Arabia to demonize Lebanon, Hezbollah, and Iran several outlets also missed a significant response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the hours following Hariri’s announcement from Riyadh, Netanyahu made several statements from London where he was on a lobbying vacation. Netanyahu told reporters that the Hariri resignation was “a wake-up call to the international community to take action against the Iranian aggression, which is turning Syria into a second Lebanon.” Netanyahu also warned of the “aggression” by Hezbollah and Iran “endangers not only Israel but the entire Middle East.”
If Netanyahu publicly backing an immediate Saudi decision wasn’t enough proof that the two nations are cooperating on several new levels, yesterday’s leaks show this to be a fact.
The leak came in the form of a telegram sent by Tel Aviv to Israeli embassies. This telegram told Israeli diplomatic staff to issue messages supporting Saudi Arabia and the decision by Hariri to resign due to “threats on his life,” despite nobody demanding he resign, including Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah stating it wasn’t the party’s wish for Hariri to resign.
Despite these statements by actual citizens of Lebanon, the cable ordered embassy staff “to urgently contact the Foreign Ministry and other relevant government officials and emphasize that the resignation of Al-Hariri and his comments on the reasons that led him to resign illustrate once more the destructive nature of Iran and Hezbollah and their danger to the stability of Lebanon and the countries of the region.”
While this policy of trying to get host nations to join in Israel’s demonization of Hezbollah may not be new, it is strange to see the Israeli government acting as if Lebanon’s still-stable government is on the verge of collapse.
The telegram went on to say that “Hariri’s resignation proves that the international argument that Hezbollah’s inclusion in the government is a recipe for stability is basically wrong.” This is an argument the Israelis have been making since Hezbollah first integrated into the Lebanese state. This also fits with other Israelis demands on Lebanon (aka not Israel) such as the creation of some “future government” without Hezbollah despite there being no demand to remove the government in Beirut.
Now, this alone wouldn’t prove any new level of Saudi-Israeli collusion since both countries continually itch for an excuse to take on Hezbollah and Iran due to the countless embarrassments suffered at their hands. However, the leak also included another Israeli Policy of supporting Saudi actions that have nothing to do with Tel Aviv.
In the cable, diplomatic staffers were also told to support Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen; an issue relatively disconnected from the interests of Tel Aviv. That is, unless there’s a way to link Iran to Mohammed Bin Salman’s genocide of the Yemeni people.
The fact that there is no connection between Ansarullah in Yemen and the Iranian government didn’t stop Israel from towing the same line as Riyadh about a missile launched from Yemen over the weekend.
There are several interesting parts about the Israeli message to support Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen; one being that the cable seems to admit the missile launched from Yemen actually did hit an airport in Riyadh, despite all imperial media claiming it was intercepted.
According to the telegram: “The events in Lebanon and the launching of a ballistic missile by the signatories to the Riyadh International Airport require increased pressure on Iran and Hezbollah on a range of issues from the production of ballistic missiles to regional subversion.”
This fits in nicely with the narrative constructed by Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv in the last week that, despite not actually doing anything, both Lebanon and Iran have “declared war” on Saudi Arabia.
While the Saudis have been saying this, the US has also been demonizing Iran with things like the claim that Iran supports al Qaeda and the destruction of the Iran nuclear deal.
While it initially seemed unlikely that the US would actually confront Iran, it now appears that Washington’s friends in Israel and Saudi Arabia are getting impatient for Trump to keep his promises about punishing Iran for their vague list of sins. If Israel and the Saudis were to declare war, the US would no doubt claim the move is in retaliation and therefore legal.
But the question now is, would the US also get involved in what would be a devastating war?
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