|Southwest Asia News Digest
British Pushing Israeli Attack on Iran with Saudi Complicity
July 5 (EIRNS)A senior U.S. intelligence source confirmed reports in the Israeli press, that several Israeli Defense Forces planes without IDF markings have landed in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, suggesting that there is a common view among some Persian Gulf Sunni states and Israel, that a near-term attack on Iran's purported nuclear weapons program may be necessary. According to the source, the United States and Saudi Arabia reached a secret agreement, at the outset of the Obama Presidency, allowing U.S. warplanes to have basing and overflight privileges in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It was understood that under certain circumstances, Israeli jets, bearing either U.S. markings, or no markings at all, could have access to Saudi space, under the deal.
According to the source, this understanding is a reflection of the fact that Saudi King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin-Faisal are part of the faction in Saudi Arabia that is most fanatically anti-Iran. This goes back to the reign of King Faisal in the 1970s, when there was a heated conflict with Iran, then still under the Shah.
The prospect of Israeli use of Saudi air space, in an attack against Iran's nuclear program, may not mean a great deal, however, the source cautioned. Israel really needs to overfly Iraq, and all Shi'a factions in Iraq are adamantly opposed to an Israeli attack on Iran. This includes Ayatollah Sistani, the crucial Shi'a cleric.
But, the source added, the common view of the threat from Iran, shared by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Israel, means that the danger of an Israeli preventive strike against Iran is real. Nobody, the source cautioned, believes that Iran currently has a nuclear weapon, or is close to having one. But at least one radical faction in Israel believes that Iran's nuclear energy program has already crossed the "red line," and that a military action is appropriate. The IDF, and the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence services do not share this assessment, and are arguing for restraint. The United States opposes any attack against Iran at this time, the source elaborated, and that view will prevail through 2010, at least.
Lyndon LaRouche commented on this report, noting that any attack on Iran, in the context of the BP oil spill, would have profound consequences, globally, because of Iran's strategic location on the Persian Gulf. He added that Iran must go with the original Russian offer to provide enriched uranium for Iran's legitimate nuclear power program.
The complication, LaRouche added, is the British, who continue to control the environment in the region, through their manipulation of both Israel and Saudi Arabia. You don't need British agents inside the Iranian leadership; they will react, according to profile, to the provocations against them. This is all a British imperial game.
U.A.E. Ambassador Shows His British Colors
July 6 (EIRNS)U.A.E. Ambassador to the United States Youssef al-Otaida, in the presence of such Iran-haters as former U.S. representative to the UN John Bolton, joined the "bomb Iran" campaign, the Washington Times reported on July 6. His comments were in response to a question after a public interview session with the Atlantic magazine in Aspen, Colo.
Al-Otaiba endorsed the military option for countering Iran's nuclear program, if sanctions fail to stop the country's quest for nuclear weapons. "A military attack on Iran would be a disaster," he said, but "Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger disaster." "If you are asking me, am I willing to live with that versus living with a nuclear Iran?, my answer is still the same: We cannot live with a nuclear Iran. I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E." Subsequently, a senior U.A.E. official said his country rejects the use of force against Iran over its nuclear program.
Al-Otaiba, a representative of a group of "Desert Arabs" who have been owned lock, stock, and barrel by London for decades, said: "I think it's a cost-benefit analysis. I think despite the large amount of trade we do with Iran, which is close to $12 billion, there will be consequences, there will be a backlash and there will be problems, with people protesting and rioting and very unhappy that there is an outside force attacking a Muslim country; that is going to happen no matter what."
The statement is significant in light of the June 5 meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama, where the American President assured the Israelis that he would provide Israel all the rope it wants.
Al-Otaiba is close to the power centers at home. He was a senior counsellor to HH Gen. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces.
U.S. Charities Finance Israeli Terrorists in the Settlements
July 6 (EIRNS)U.S. charities that funnel money to Jewish settlers to expand the occupation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank have received more than $200 million in tax breaks in the last decade, according to a high-level State Department source who was the basis for a July 5 story in the New York Times. On the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's kiss-and-make-up meeting with Obama, the Times ran a story on how U.S. charities, including one linked to the banned terrorist group Kahane Chai, have been funding the settlements that have been illegal since the Oslo Accords signed by Yitzak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, at the Clinton White House in 1993.
According to the Times investigation of records of some 40 foundation and charitable organization, the donations to West Bank Jewish settlements total more than $200 million over the last decade, and go, not only to schools and synagogues, but to security guards, security training, sniper equipment, purchase of weapons for security, night vision goggles, and guard dogs. The article exposes the fact that there have been many incidents of violence associated with these charitable operationse.g., the Tennessee-based Christian charity HaYovel, which sends volunteers to work in vineyards belonging to Jewish settlers on the West Bank. In one case, a Jewish security guard shot a Palestinian farmer in the leg, while the American Christian volunteers were there, after the Palestinian was complaining that the vines were being deliberately planted to grow onto Palestinian lands.
Among the charities that have gotten these massive breaks was the Capital Athletic Foundation, run by convicted swindler Jack Abramoff. According to a Senate investigation of former lobbyist Abramoff, a West Bank settlement study group was used as a cover for money to finance a paramilitary operation in the Beitar Illit settlement. Abramoff's accountant told the Israeli settlers to claim that the grants were going to a study group, because money for sniper equipment and a jeep doesn't look good, in terms of complying with the foundation's tax-exempt status.
This report is long overdue, and should be the basis for further criminal prosecutions of the so-called charities. EIR has investigated the tax fraud committed by U.S. funders of the settler terrorists for more than two decades. The 1986 EIR Report, "Moscow's Secret Weapon: Ariel Sharon and the Israeli Mafia," was the first major publication to document the financing of Jewish terrorist hit teams. In the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, by settlement terrorist Yigal Amir, EIR reported on the conspiracy that supported Amir, which included a former Moscow-based and then U.S.-based Kahane terrorist, Avigdor Eskin.
British Empire Calls on Arab Gulf States to Bail Out BP
July 5 (EIRNS)The Empire is calling on its Arab oil state friends to bail out BP, by buying up stock. "What a bargain!" the proposal goes. Officials in the Gulf told the Financial Times that "BP had already been reaching out to investment entities in the region, particularly those with which it already had relations. The message, the official said, was: Our stock is cheap, why not buy some?"
Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's national oil company, said that the country's sovereign wealth fund would take up the offer. "BP is interesting now with the price lower by half, and I still have trust in BP."
Also being approached is the U.A.E., whose International Petroleum Investment Company was used to pump $3.5 billion into Barclays, and whose Abu Dhabi Investment Authority invested $7.5 billion in Citigroup in November 2007. The Qatar Investment Authority has been one of the more active state investment vehicles in recent months, with a series of high-profile investments in U.K. property.