Saudi Arabia opens up a new front against Iran

Igor Pankratenko,
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09 march 2016

Statement Gulf Abd al-Latif al-Rashid hiatus Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Arab States to declare movement Hezbollah a "terrorist organization" - is, first of all, the application for the opening of the Saudis and their allies a new front against Iran and its policies in the region. This time - in Lebanon.

Events, which was the final statement of Rashid al-dehiscence, developed rapidly. February 19 this year, Riyadh announced that cancels its decision, according to which Beirut was allocated $ 4 billion 3 - for the purchase of French military equipment to the Lebanese army, 1 billion - to strengthen law enforcement bodies and special services of the country. Explaining the move, the official representatives of the Kingdom explained that this is such an educational measure, which the Saudis were forced to go after Beirut refused to condemn the incident in early January of this year, an attack on the KSA Embassy in Tehran.

Two days later, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia addressed to the Kingdom of citizens to refrain from traveling to Lebanon. Well, and then in turn went to have very specific economic sanctions, which immediately joined the junior partners in Riyadh for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) - Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Just a couple of days were discontinued financial operations with Lebanon and suspended the work of both banks of the country in the Gulf monarchies, and the activities of the branches of national banks of these countries, working in Lebanon.

freeze assets and accounts of the Lebanese businessmen who are Christians or Shia. 250 companies from Lebanon, working in the Gulf countries, received an order from the local authorities in the three months to stop their activities. More than a thousand Lebanese citizens working in Saudi Arabia, again - Christians and Shiites - was closed residence in the Kingdom, and officials from Bahrain, Kuwait and the Emirates reported that similar measures are prepared and they are.

It soon became clear that the "insult" of Riyadh on has nothing to do with non-aligned to the condemnation of Tehran Beirut to Saudi sanctions against Lebanon, that the main purpose of these steps - Hezbollah. On February 24, the adviser of the Kingdom Defence Minister Ahmad Assir said that "we have received intelligence through evidence linking Hezbollah to support insurgents and terrorists in Yemen." The same evening on TV Gulf demonstrated dated June-July last year a video that one presented in the report, "a representative of Hezbollah" talked with several people who journalists called "commanders Houthi rebel forces," the organization of terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi ultimatum Beirut

The result of the propaganda campaign, accompanied by very specific economic sanctions and administrative measures against Lebanese citizens, is the emergence of so-called "list of ten measures" that Riyadh intends to implement in respect of Beirut.

According to this document, published in the media of the Gulf States, the Saudis plan to:

- Withdraw all KSA deposits from the Central Bank of Lebanon;

- Ensure the withdrawal from all Lebanese banks all private deposits, are citizens of Saudi Arabia;

- Cease all investment projects in Lebanon and ensure that the same way did the Saudi businessmen;

- Stop issuing entry visas to Saudi Arabia Lebanese citizens;

- Suspend any banking transactions and transfers between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon;

- To suspend flights between the two countries;

- Deport all the working and living there Lebanese citizens;

- Close the Saudi market for exports from Lebanon;

- Stop imports into Lebanon Saudi goods and services;

- To break diplomatic relations between the two countries, to close the British Embassy in Beirut and expelled from Saudi Arabia all Lebanese diplomats;

- And, finally, to achieve adherence to these sanctions antilivanskim all other countries in the GCC.

But in those days, when there was the "List", when the Saudis and their allies in the GCC enthusiastically introduced sanctions against Lebanon, in an interview with France Presse Kingdom Ambassador in Beirut made ​​a very meaningful statement "Lebanese citizens," -. He said - "will not be deported, a number of businessmen from that country will be able to continue its activities in the Gulf, and the sanctions will not take effect if the Lebanese government to take certain measures."

Given the fact that remittances from migrant workers working in the GCC countries account for five billion (!) Dollars per year, taking into account the fact that the visitors from the monarchies in the ground and holds the tourism industry of the country, given the fact that it was the Saudis appear guarantor of much of Lebanon's external debt ($ 70 billion, 145% of its GDP), the representatives of the Saudi lobby in Beirut - heads "the March 14" - appealed to Riyadh for clarifications. Say, what exactly should be done in the country, so that she can avoid it is likely due to the economic collapse of the Saudi sanctions.

Then it all became clear. The main requirement of Riyadh to Beirut is that "in Lebanon, there was a radical change in the existing balance of power. Either must be a coalition, equal in power the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement or Hezbollah should be weakened enough to catch up with other forces on the Lebanese parties and movements. "

The main objective of the Saudis - Iran, the main method - armed conflict by proxy

In Riyadh, fully aware that the attempt to fulfill their requirements Saudis loyal to parties and movements in Beirut causes of armed conflict in the country. Actually, it is to this scenario in the UK and prepare, spending in Lebanon hidden mobilize their supporters. Thus, under the leadership of Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri Kingdom of Saudi intelligence officials are now holding meetings with the leaders of the armed groups that exist at each location in Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp.

I recall that in these camps the Saudis recruited and recruit fighters for the anti-government groups in Syria. And we already know that a number of Palestinian factions in Ain al-Hilweh, in the south of the country and in Beirut, has announced a state of alert and started training - "to reflect the possible deployment of armed units of Hezbollah."

Already split the political field in Lebanon if the representatives of "the March 14" calling on the government to apologize for refusing to condemn Iran and to adopt the Saudi conditions, their opponents from the "March 8 Alliance" uniting the pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian forces, sharply oppose attempts Riyadh redraw prevailing in the country of the balance of power.

The Saudis are pushing the country to a new civil war, and they do it quite deliberately, because the conflict will allow them to kill not two, but three "hares". Firstly, the armed conflict seriously weaken Hezbollah.Secondly, weakened Hizbullah would not be able to keep the front of resistance to anti-government forces in Syria, making the position of Bashar al-Assad irrevocably critical. It - milestones, hitting that you can achieve the main, that of a third: loosening the proxy Hezbollah and fund its further "finishing moves" overthrew, again - proxy, Assad, Riyadh gets its main prize - Iran's loss its position in the Levant and the sharp narrowing of the limits of its influence. Before such prospects - which stand for Saudis living some sort of Lebanese?

Moreover, to achieve this goal Riyadh is willing even to sacrifice part of their own reputation in the Muslim world. Not all countries share its position with regard to Hezbollah. Condemned the GCC decision to recognize it as a terrorist organization made by Iraq and Algeria, a number of influential Arab leaders have called the move "irresponsible, completely irrational and illogical." A large number of experts and commentators in Muslim countries and the West - just pointed out that the Saudis are in full compliance with the Israeli plans in the region, that their steps - for the benefit only of Tel Aviv, which is happening now in Lebanon - the proof of the existence of alliance "of Saudi Arabia - Israel."

Skeptics who deny the likelihood of an alliance of Zionism and Wahhabism, it would be necessary to listen to the views expressed in an interview with Sputnik Persian to Iranian political scientist and diplomat Seyed Hadi Afgahi (Seyed Hadi Afghahi), worked for many years in Lebanon "the mission of these two modes are very similar -. Occupied territory changed the name of the former states. So the land of Hijaz and Nejd became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Israel
announced the establishment of their state in the occupied Palestinian
 lands. Israel's ideology is based on the approval of Zionism, and the Saudi regime - in the export and distribution of Wahhabism ideas. And in fact - both of protecting the interests of the West, "- he said.

However, it is sufficient to analyze the behavior of the Saudis during the 34-day Israeli-Lebanese war of 2006 to study the activity of the representatives of the Kingdom enough in Lebanon since the beginning of the Syrian civil war - to doubt the
presence of the Saudi-Israeli alliance finally disappeared. Out of the partnership policy more robust, than friendship against a common enemy. By whom and for Riyadh and Tel Aviv, it is above all Tehran.


In an effort to prevent the Saudis fomented armed conflict in their country, a delegation of Lebanese parliamentarians visited Washington immediately.According to them, "senior US officials have been extremely annoyed by the decision of Riyadh to refrain from funding the Lebanese Army and security forces." However, directly intervene in the US evolving situation is not going to, because, as clearly given to understand visitors from Beirut, "Washington today does not consider the situation in Lebanon a priority for its foreign policy." The president of France, which has traditionally had a strong position in the political field in Lebanon, a few days after the decision of the GCC on Hezbollah has awarded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Legion of Honor, "for their efforts to combat terrorism and extremism." In fact, the United States and Europe have given their tacit consent to the Saudis in their anti-Iranian adventure in Lebanon. And although the chances of success at it is not one hundred percent, and even though Iran has the resources to neutralize it - security of the region is not added. Another "hot spot" in a strategically important site - it's overkill even for the current Middle East.



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