Saudi Arabia united the Arab world against Iran

saudi king SalmanKing Salman of Saudi Arabia has pulled off in Mecca what many had thought unlikely — getting 20 or so disparate Arab nations to unite in a common position against Iran.

And while this achievement came without bellicose threats or new red lines, it is an important milepost on a road that may yet lead to regional conflict.
In middle-of-night, back-to-back summits at Islam’s holiest of sites, the aging but still-attentive Saudi monarch got a double endorsement of his claims that Iran is destabilizing the Middle East and a backing of his call for “the international community to shoulder its responsibility.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and 21 Arab League nations present called for Iran to stop “interfering in the internal affairs” of its neighbors and denounced Tehran’s “threat to maritime security” in the Persian Gulf.
For its part, Iran hit back, criticizing the allegations as “baseless” and accusing Saudi Arabia of promoting an “American and Zionist” agenda. Still, Tehran appeared tone-deaf to not one, but two unifying summit communiques urging it to change its behavior.
It would be easy to write the King’s success off as the kind of leverage that only petro-dollars can buy, but the region is deeply divided over many issues — not least a searing rift with neighboring Qatar, which has spent two years under an economic and travel embargo imposed by Saudi Arabia.
US pressure was applied to get Qatar to send a high-level delegation to the summits. When the country’s prime minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani, showed up, he was the only leader not to get a customary kiss from the King.
While he didn’t get much eye contact from some of the leaders gathered around the GCC table, al-Thani did back the Saudi monarch, saying: “Our participation comes from our support to join Arab and Islamic work and our common security and stability.”
It marked the sign of a possible thaw in relations, but also the reemergence of Saudi Arabia from pariah to regional power broker again, which is good timing for its key ally, US President Donald Trump, as he doubles down on sanctions and pressure on Iran.
In the months since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by Saudi officials inside their consulate in Istanbul last October, the desert Kingdom has struggled to find its voice amid international condemnation.
The stigma of Khashoggi’s killing isn’t going to be washed away easily, but King Salman will see the events in Mecca this week as proof that he at least has clout.
He has used some canny diplomacy, including old school show-and-tell. Leaders landing in Jeddah airport on their way to the summits got a tour of Iranian-made ballistic missiles, and drones fired at Saudi Arabia by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
A simple message — that Saudi is on the front line of Iranian-inspired aggression — was an easy sell. The airport itself, through which millions of Muslim pilgrims pass this time of year, was itself targeted by a Houthi ballistic missile last week.
The King, unlike his ally Trump, who prefers the megaphone in his quest for dialogue with Iran’s mullahs, opted for a subtler soft-power effort to tamp down tensions, giving visiting Iranian diplomats plentiful access to Mecca at this deeply religious time.
Still, it would be a mistake to dismiss the summits as hot air. It’s true that at these summits in the past, many words have been followed by fewer actions. King Salman himself admitted that “failure to take a firm position against the Iranian regime” in the past had “led to the escalation we see today.”
It would also be misleading to conflate the King’s anger at Iran with President Trump’s record of easy lies and a US history of invasion on false premise, notably in neighboring Iraq over WMD 16 years ago, as a joint enterprise to start a new war.
Trump’s and Salman’s agendas do intersect on Iran but the King’s new-found regional unity on the issue could quickly crumble if he was seen to pick a fight.
What we saw in Mecca was a mark being set, that the status quo with Iran will no longer be tolerated by Saudi and its allies. What happens next is in Iran’s court. Talks are an option, but terrorism, insofar as it is perceived as such by Tehran’s neighbors, is not.
CNN
  • Hind Abyad

    Saudi Arabia – Israel guardians since 1918.

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    • jerry

      also true that Iran’s non-Jewish population is a lot more supportive of Israel than are Iran’s leaders – and for good reason.

      • Hind Abyad

        On the contrary they support peace not Zionism, they could leave if they wanted.

        • jerry

          first, most all of the Iranian Jews did flee the country, so your argument that they stayed cuz it’s so great there is factually false.

          What used to be a population of some 90,000 in the earlier 1900’s, is currently less than 9,000. While other groups grew in size dramatically just by birth, the Jewish population is down to almost nothing.

          And this is in spite of the fact that there was great efforts in the early years of the revolution to refuse passports to Jews. Lots of Jews were also killed during the revolution, for being Jews. As usual, and in general, the most educated and those with the most resources got out.

          As for those who do remain – and many Iranian non-Jews as well — they support peace with the JEWISH STATE, which IS support for Zionism, even if you don’t use that word. Israeli Jews also have good affinity for general Iranian civilians.

          One doesn’t have to actually leave. nor to even be Jewish, to understand that Jews need and have a right to a safe refuge should the time of need arise, and to also understand that no nation exists other than Israel that is committed to provide that refuge.

          • Hind Abyad

            Yes i know, they were scared. I dont need Zionists here to teach me history. Please talk to someone else.

            “Israel has a prime minister who is the hasbarist-in-chief, government
            departments, an entire IDF division, embassies, well-financed NGOs,
            websites, books, television channels and countless thousands of
            volunteers all equipped with a multitude of arguments and devoted to
            putting what they see as Israel’s case to the world. What more do they
            want?”

          • jerry

            Just giving the facts. But you don’t care about reality

          • Hind Abyad
          • vs

            total fake, infosharmuta, aljazeera propaganda. Christians are ok in Israel in full safety

        • MaryTPresumptuous

          Can you cite any competently conducted public opinion polls that put that distinction to a sample of Iranians living in Iran?

          Absent statistical support, you do not, in fact, have facts on your side.

  • Hind Abyad
    • Y K

      Russia Today is Dr. Retardyad’s absolute favorite. I hope she meets a good Russian alcoholic husband one day who will give her the daily treatment she so richly deserves. 🙂

      • Hind Abyad

        I dont drink, quel antipathique.

        • Y K

          “Russia Today is Dr. Retardyad’s absolute favorite”

          Sorry, sista. I forgot your new love – the openly Nazi “Russia Insider”.

          “I dont drink”

          You don’t have to, m0ron. It’s your Russian man who does, with his buddies.

          • Hind Abyad

            Everybody is Nazi YKNetanyahoo too

          • Y K

            “Everybody is Nazi”

            Wrong again, idi0t. Russia Today is not (openly) Nazi. It’s just extremely cr@ppy. You – and “Russia Insider” – are both. Capisce? 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            Capisce? 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            @Y K “Russia Today is Dr. Retardyad’s absolute favorite”

            Sorry, sista. I forgot your new love – the openly Nazi “Russia Insider”

            “I dont drink”

            You don’t have to, m0ron. It’s your Russian man who does, with his buddies.

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            Kindergarten shit

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    • jerry

      true that the ancient facts are not relevant. Todays’ facts of Iran’s aggression and threats toward Israel are more than enough for us to focus on.

      • Hind Abyad

        “The initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want). Doing this would achieve the following goals:

        1-Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces, and security services.
        2-Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a
        “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan but further north.
        3-Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah.
        4-Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone,” but this time in *Lebanon.*
        5-Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon.
        6-Break up Syria along ethnic and religious lines.
        7-Create a Kurdistan which could then be used against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
        8-Make it possible for Israel to become the uncontested power broker in the Middle-East and force the KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and all others to have to go to Israel for any gas or oil pipeline project.
        9-Gradually isolate, threaten, subvert, and eventually attack Iran with a broad regional coalition of forces.
        10-Eliminate all center of Shia power in the Middle-East.” continue..

        • Hind Abyad

          “Then look at it from the Israeli point of view:

          1-The Syrian state has survived, and its armed and security forces are now far more capable than they were before the war started (remember how they *almost* lost the war initially?
          The Syrians bounced back while learning some very hard lessons. By all reports, they improved tremendously, while at critical moments Iran and Hezbollah were literally “plugging holes” in the Syrian frontlines and “extinguishing fires” on local flashpoints.
          2-Now the Syrians are doing a very good job
          of liberating large chunks of their country, including every single city in Syria).
          3-Not only is Syria stronger, but the Iranians and Hezbollah are all over the country now, which is driving the Israelis into a state of panic and rage.
          4-Lebanon is rock solid; even the latest Saudi attempt to kidnap Hariri is backfiring.
          5-Syria will remain unitary, and Kurdistan is not happening. Millions of displaced refugees are returning home.
          6-Israel and the US look like total idiots and, even worse, as losers with no credibility left.”

          100 years of Zionists destroying the Midlle East must stop, we have the rigth to live!

          • Ivan Kochman

            Pri všetkých tých výpočtoch si zabudol na Boha a ani jedného slova vďaky preňho nemáš a pritom vieš že bez Boha nie nič možné. Pyšných poníži a biednych povýši, takže nepohŕdaj tými čo ponížil v ich pýche aby si nebol presne taký istý, to nie je o tom že ty im máš dať milosť lebo len ich pokora pred Bohom im ju môže dať. Lebo boli pokrstený duchom synov Éliho, ktorý vo svojej pýche a ubezpečenia že sa im nič nestane lebo boli potomkami Árona, robili tak že ľudia opovrhovali obetným darom Hospodinovi. Však sa pozri od kresťanských kňazov ktorý smilnili až po skutky tých čo sú na popredných miestach i v moslimskom svete a budeš vedieť akým duchom boli krstený. A tak radšej dbaj na to aby ľudia mali v úcte Boha a jeho ustanovenia, nepokrivené. Lebo to slovo od Hospodina je zviazané na nebesiach- Lebo tých ktorý ma ctia, si ctím a ktorý mnou pohŕdajú budú znevážený. A to nie je len o slovách lebo tak sa aj stalo a práve cez toto miesto cez ktoré boli najviac sľubmi v ubezpečení o svojej moci, cez média.

          • Arzna

            Unfortunately many people have forgotten God

          • Ivan Kochman

            Však je napísané, že tak aj bude v ten čas kedy to má byť. Pravda je rozdiel keď to čítaš a sa to nedeje a je rozdiel keď to čítaš a sa to aj deje. Lebo tí čo počúvajú ľahšie ponesú i tie buchnáty budú znesiteľnejšie ale niesť sa bude i bolesť bude. Blahoslavený budú tí nad ktorými je vystretá ruka z nebies a je pri tom hovorené- tí sú Moji nech sa im neubližuje.

          • vs

            However, it is written that it will be at that time when it should be. The truth is the difference when you read it and it doesn’t happen and there is a difference when you read it and it happens. For those who listen more easily carry the buns, but the pain will be. Blessed are those over whom is the hand out of heaven, and there is spoken of them, My May not be hurt

          • Ivan Kochman

            Ďakujem za preklad, inak odporúčam to prekladať do arabského jazyka, ten je živý a v Libanone mu rozumie každý.

          • vs

            Немає орабської мови однорідної. Мова Лівану – ліванська а не орабська

          • Ivan Kochman

            Takže Libanončania nepoznajú arabský jazyk? Viem že boli dlhé storočia pod nadvládou osmanskej ríše ale podla toho čo počujem rozumejú arabčine, teda aspoň tí čo majú rozumieť, to sa týka hlavne moslimov. Inak si jediný človek z kresťanského sveta čo mi odpísal iným jazykom ako anglickým.

          • vs

            Môžem písať aj v kanaánskej féničke starovekej libanončine, ale yalibnan z nejakého dôvodu sa mi to nepáči

          • Ivan Kochman

            Však čo má človek v srdci to má aj na jazyku. Ako povedal Ježiš- dobrý človek z dobrého hovorí lebo to má v srdci a zlý človek zo zlého hovorí lebo to má v srdci. Nuž aby si tomu aj rozumel- Ak človek nemiluje Boha a jeho ustanovenia, tak nemiluje ani sám seba lebo na ňom zostáva hnev Boží. Tak mi povedz ako môže taký človek hovoriť druhým ľuďom že ich má rád, nech by to bol ktokoľvek? Trebárs aj žena či svoje deti, či má nejakých blízkych priateľov, keď ten hnev privádza cez seba i na nich. Tu každý čo tak robí klame v prvom rade seba samého a potom aj iných. Ježiš povedal jasne- Boh je Duch a keď Boh príde a nenájde v tebe čo on ustanovil, nebude nad nikým takým povedané, ten je Môj tomu neubližujte. A to sa týka aj cez Jeho Syna lebo jemu je to dané že tí čo aj do určitého času zhrešili v nevedomosti a keď si to uvedomili a oľutovali a odišli z predošlých zlých ciest, tak tiež nájdu život. Ja mám svoju prácu a vieš prečo ju aj robím a keď k tomu niekoho volám, nevolám ho preto aby zahynula jeho duša. Takže ako budeš a či budeš písať a ako, záleží vždy len tebe. Ak si ctíš Boha budeš si ctiť aj to čo sa mu páči a sám uznáš že jazyk filištíncov to asi nebude. Ozaj k tomu viacej nemám čo dodať.

          • vs

            jazyk filištíncov! thank You, Ivan

          • Hind Abyad

            I speak about my country.
            God is not the subject, its human condition, please speak Inglish

          • Ivan Kochman

            Nemám rozprávať anglicky tak ani nehovorím tým jazykom. O akom ľudskom stave to hovoríš? Od koho máš také naučenie? Boh je živý a tak ďakuješ živému.

          • Hind Abyad

            You are spamming, can read English but write in a foreing language from Eastern Europe AshkeNaziland.

          • Ivan Kochman

            Nie nie som spam a anglicky neviem:-) Kto chce rozumieť rozumie a ten čo nechce tak nechce.

          • vs

            For all those calculations, you forgot God and you don’t have a word for him, and you know nothing without God. Proud of humiliation and misery, so that they do not despise those humiliated in their pride that you are not exactly the same, it is not that you give them grace because only their humility before God can give it to them. For they were baptized with the spirit of the sons of Eli, who in their pride and assurance that nothing shall be done for them, because they were descendants of Aaron, they did so that men despised the offering of Jehovah. But look from the Christian priests who have committed fornication to the works of those who are prominent in the Muslim world and know what spirit they were baptized with. And so be careful not to have people in reverence for God and His provisions, cursed. For the word of the LORD is bound in heaven; for I honor those who honor me, and despise me with them. And this is not just about the words because it has happened and through this place through which the most promises of assurance of their power, through the media

        • jerry

          good imagination. None of it is true, nor even remotely close the being true.

  • jerry

    this is a positive thing, yes? The reason Suadis were able to get some unity on this issue is because of Iran’s behavior. It’s just common sense to oppose Iran in light of that conduct.

  • Ivan Kochman

    Keď som sa pýtal v ducha svätého na to prečo sa kňazi prežehnávajú v znamení kríža i učia tak aj veriacich, nedostalo sa mi odpovede. Keď som tento zvyk hľadal v biblii tiež som tam nič nenašiel aby Ježiš niečo také prikazoval ani Jeho učeníci. Zvláštne nik im to nekázal a aj tak to robia a ešte sa spoliehajú na to že určite dobre robia a sú na ceste k svojej vlastnej svätosti. Tak ako je to pri tom ukazovaní rakiet? Prikázal vari prorok Mohamed aby sa také niečo robilo pri púti pútnikov na sväté miesto moslimov? No nezdá sami že by také niečo prikazoval alebo také niečo učil ale ak by som sa mýlil, tak nech mi to brat moslim vysvetlí. Rád sa nechám poučiť. Jedno som sa naučil- Javiť sa pred ľuďmi za každú cenu ako spravodlivý je cesta k vlastnej záhube lebo v prvom rade sa tak máme javiť Bohu a tam sa klamať nedá lebo on pozná srdce každého človeka.

    • vs

      When I asked the Holy Spirit why the priests are blessing in the sign of the cross and teaching so also the believers, I did not receive the answer. When I was looking for this custom in the Bible, I found nothing there so that Jesus would command such disciples even to His disciples. Especially nobody told them to do it, and they still do it and still rely on them to do well and are on their way to their own holiness. So how about the show of missiles? Did the Prophet Muhammad command such a thing to do in pilgrims’ pilgrimage to the holy place of Muslims? But it does not seem that he would also say something or teach something, but if I was wrong, let the Muslim Muslim explain it to me. I like to learn. I have learned one – To go before people at any cost as a righteous way to their own destruction because first and foremost we should appear to God and there is no way to lie, because he knows the hearts of every man.