The Middle East is making a change that is well appreciated by Trump voters.
A source close to the royal family of Saudi Arabia said that the king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud plans to step down within the next week and leaves Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his son, as his inheritor.
The source said that MBS (as he is known) plans to gather the support from the Israeli people to destroy Hezbollah, a Lebanon Islamic group that behaves as a proxy for Iran.
“MBS is convinced that he has to hit Iran and Hezbollah,” the source said. “MBS’s plan is to start the fire in Lebanon, but he’s hoping to count on Israeli military backing. He has already promised Israel billions of dollars in direct financial aid if they agree.”
While this statement may appear just as an unconfirmed speculation, even Hezbollah seems to be alerted by MBS’s intents.
Last week, Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah’s secretary general, issued a statement accusing Saudi Arabia of “inciting Israel to launch a war against Lebanon” and claiming the MBS “is ready to pay tens of billions of dollars to Israel for that.”
This comes at a time when the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are rising. The Saudi king blames Iran for the Houthi rebels’ attempt in Yemen this month to attack the Saudi capital of Riyadh with a missile.
“The Coalition’s command considers the Iranian regime’s action in supplying the Houthi militias that it commands with these missiles to be a blatant violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions that prohibit nations from arming these militias,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency issued a statement then.
The agency was referring to the Saudi-led effort issued in 2015 to impact the Yemeni civil war in favor of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
“Further, Iran’s role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally,” the statement continued.
“Therefore, the Coalition’s Command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Saudi Arabia and Lebanon tensions are also rising, with Lebanon prime minister Saad Hariri resigning this month during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life is at risk due to Hezbollah and Iran.
Speculations are emerging that Saudi Arabia is pressuring Hariri after he announced that he will be resigning in a televised address from the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
The Riyadh officials have denied pressuring him to resign or placing him under house arrest. Hariri has dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
According to BBC, Hariri landed in Paris “for talks” about the crisis emerged by his sudden resignation.
In the meantime, the Saudi Arabia and Israel continue to improve their relations, with Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff Lt. General Gadi Eisenkot stating for Saudi newspaper that because of President Trump’s influence, the relationship is getting stronger.
“With President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat,” he stated. “We are ready to share intelligence (with Saudi Arabia) if necessary. There are many common interests between us.”
“Iran seeks to take control of the Middle East, creating a Shi’ite crescent from Lebanon to Iran, and then from the Gulf to the Red Sea,” he continued. “We must prevent this from happening.”