It’s an allegation almost too MOSSAD/CIA......surreal to be real....courtesy of FDDC...
Analysts suspect leak from Yemeni official may be false....
but MOSSAD, CIA, AMAN, DIA, NSA, SCS, MI6 and many others continue
the sordid dance in Yemen...where dozens of Israeli Navy Commandoes
continue to roam Yemen covertly at will for years.....
In a claim reminiscent of the most elaborate Middle East conspiracy theories known to date, a “reliable” source in the beleaguered Yemeni government has told the Yemeni news site Al Watan that a group of Saudi dissidents are secretly being trained by separatist Yemeni rebels in military warfare and covert communications so as to overthrow the Saudi king.
Analysts, however, think the source is a government official trying to disseminate false information to turn the Saudi government against the separatists in southern Yemen.
Why would the Saudi government support a separatist movement in southern Yemen in the first place? Well, the source claims, because Saudi Arabia is taking revenge on the Yemeni government over their failure to curb a separate rebellion that spilled over Yemen’s northern border into Saudi Arabia late last year.
And how would the Saudi king’s potential assassins help Yemen? The military analysts claim, the source probably leaked the information in order to convince the Saudi government to forgive Yemen for dragging its northern neighbor into a military conflict.
On the southern border of Saudi Arabia, Yemen is home to almost 24 million people and one of the poorest nations in the Middle East.
Yemen’s weak central government is engaged in active military conflicts on three fronts: a growing separatist movement in the South, a relatively recent rebellion led by the Al-Houthi tribe along the country’s northern border with Saudi Arabia, and an increasingly active war against Al-CIAda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIM/CIA/MOSSAD). Around two-thirds of Yemen is under the control of separatist groups, rebels or local tribes.
Late last year Saudi Arabia was dragged into its first active military conflict in over a decade after the Houthi rebellion in Yemen’s north spilled over into Saudi Arabia. Yemen and Saudi Arabia responded with extensive bombing campaigns throughout northern Yemen, leading to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians.
Yemen’s relationship with its neighbors has cooled over accusations that other Gulf States have funded the southern separatist movement, and the source told Al Watan that the Yemeni government believes Saudi Arabia is supporting the southern separatist movement in Yemen in revenge for Yemen’s failure to quell the northern Houthi rebels.
Gulf military analysts, however, were skeptical of the claims.
“Everything is possible in this unstable area,” retired brigadier-general and former program manager of GCC Defense Issues at the Gulf Research Center Musa Qallab told The Media Line. “But the idea that dissidents would train in southern Yemen in order to topple the Saudi regime is nonsense, as is the idea that Saudi Arabia would support the southern separatists in order to take revenge over the Houthi situation.”
“Historically, South Yemen was communist and connected with the Soviet Union, so there is no history of Saudi support of southern Yemen,” General Qallab continued. “Today, all Gulf countries want a more unified and stable Yemen, as instability in Yemen affects the entire Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia.”
“What’s interesting, however, is why a Yemeni government official would leak this kind of nonsense,” he concluded. “I see this as part of a political game, and it might be to push Saudi Arabia to be more aggressive towards the separatists in southern Yemen. Either way, there is something hidden behind this news.”
Dr. Theodore Karasik is the director for research and development at the Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis.
“It could be true, it could be completely false, it’s a little hard to decipher what’s going on,” he told The Media Line. “But it is possible that there are Saudis who, either based on Al-CIAda or on tribe alliances, are training in Yemen...., as well as dozens of Israeli Navy commandoes roaming Yemen freely for years. The Yemeni government puts out this information to pressure the Saudis to do something,” Dr. Karasik told The Media Line.
“There are also a number of rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Sultan [the Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation], who is responsible for the Yemen portfolio, is not doing so well, so there is a question as to who is making policy decisions regarding Yemen in the Saudi royal court,” Dr. Karasik said. “So all this might be a test to see who is in charge of Saudi policy towards Yemen.”
Dr. Stephen Steinbeiser, resident director of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies in the Yemeni capital ‘Sana’a, agreed that the Yemeni government was likely trying to send a message to Saudi Arabia.
“Official sources in Yemen are looking to discredit all these rebel movements in any way that they can,” he told The Media Line. “But the southern separatist movement claims to be nonviolent, so it certainly strikes me as odd that a Saudi dissident movement which I have never heard of previously would be training with them.”
“There are Gulf countries out there who would be in favor of a separate southern state, but I don’t think there is any concrete public evidence of Saudi or Gulf support of the southern separatists,” Dr. Steinbeiser continued. “There is bad blood between Yemen and the Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia hasn’t historically looked kindly on a strong Yemeni republic, but recently Saudi Arabia has realized that any instability in Yemen will spill over the northern border as it did last year.”
Yemen has been divided into North and South for well over 150 years since a British colony was established in Aden. North Yemen gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and South Yemen was established after the British withdrew in 1967.
North and South Yemen competed for over two decades from their respective capitals in ‘San’aa and Aden. Backed by Saudi Arabia and Libya, the North invaded the South in 1972, and the South invaded the North seven years later.
With the fall of the Soviet Union and the prospect of oil profits, the two regimes witnessed a slow rapprochement in the late 1980’s and, according to national legend, the two presidents decided to unify while driving through a tunnel in Aden in 1990.
The northern elite saw an opportunity in the unity deal to gain access to British colonial villas in Aden and southern oil revenues and trade. The unity deal soon fell apart and in 1994 the country descended into civil war. President Salah’s army crushed the socialist south and its leaders went into exile.
Northerners have dominated the government and the economy since the civil war, leading to resentment and claims of marginalization by impoverished southerners.
The movement calling for Southern independence has grown rapidly over the past couple years. In response, government ‘unity guards’ have shut down a number of opposition newspapers, killed a number of movement leaders and arrested hundreds of separatist activists....
Origins of the Israeli-Saudi Alliance.....
....This is from an unpublished (unclassified) American government study of the subject. It states: "An actual Israeli support of the Saudi-Imamate causes probably began prior to any direct meetings between representatives of the two governments and the Yemeni Royalist movement...This study has been able to trace at least two locations of direct Saudi-Israeli meetings which began at two distinct phases in the Yemeni civil war. The first traceable set of meetings began in March of 1963 in India. Indian sources reported that an official of the Saudi Embassy in India, Ahmad Allalah Al-Qadi, began frequenting the Israeli consulate in Bombay. According to Arab (Egyptian) sources, Crown Prince Faisal ordered the Saudi official's meetings in reaction to the two Arab nationalist coups in Baghdad and Damascus in February and March 1963 that removed anti-Nasser governments from power in each state...The focus of the Israeli-Saudi talks were the prospects for Israel dropping arms for the Royalist tribal forces as well as Israel providing military intelligence regarding Egyptian army movements and capabilities to both the Saudis and Yemenis. Israeli and Yemeni representatives met directly, either upon their own initiative, or under Saudi auspices, during this period. An Imamate delegate visited Israel in March 1963 at the same time that the Saudi embassy official began visiting the Israeli consulate in Bombay...However, other Israeli sources disclosed that unmarked Israeli planes made over a dozen and perhaps as many as twenty flights from Djibouti to drop arms over Royalist areas in late 1962 and most of 1963. The second confirmed set of Saudi-Israeli meetings occurred in Europe and began in 1965. In a highly unusual manner, former Israeli ambassador to Great Britain (1965-1970) Aharon Remez, made mention of his, and other high Israeli officials, continuous contacts with "Arab leaders from Saudi Arabia and Jordan" in a 1983 newspaper interview. In neither the original Kol Ha'ir (August 12, 1983) newspaper article nor subsequent interview did the former ambassador reveal the contents of the meetings, except to say that "not much came out of these, but they were very eye opening." In all subsequent interviews Remez stated that he feared that it was still early early to talk about the meetings. However, other (military) sources, claim that AMAN, the Saudi Defense Ministry and the security branches of Iran, including SAVAK as well as the Iranian Ministry of Defense, were in constant contact with one another even following the Israeli victory in June 1967. One source asserts that Moshe Dayan was the key intermediary with the Saudi defense establishment who soon shifted their focus of concern toward other areas of the Arabian Peninsula, such as the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen..." (pp. 23-25 from the unpublished, unclassified secret US government study).
You may read on the subject from a published source in Clive Jones, Britain and the Yemen Civil War....