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Saudi Arabia agrees on 'broad contours' of deal with U.S. to recognize Israel - WSJ report | i24 news |

Riyadh is seeking concessions from Israel that would help promote the creation of a Palestinian state, the report cites U.S. officials as saying

Shortly after the report surfaced, the Pentagon said the U.S. reaffirmed its commitment to a strong defense partnership with Saudi Arabia during a phone call between top Saudi and U.S. defense officials.

Negotiators are now reportedly discussing Riyadh's requests that the U.S. help them develop a civilian nuclear program and offer ironclad security guarantees. Saudi Arabia - which recently restored ties with Israel's arch-rival Iran - is also seeking significant concessions from Israel that would help promote the creation of a Palestinian state.

In return, the U.S. is pressing the kingdom to distance itself economically and militarily from China, WSJ noted.

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  • Xi Jinping peace initiatives in Persian Guif region ... but not in Black Sea

Great opportunity for the Saudi Kingdom to stay in the financial strong capitalistic West 💵 💷 💰

Building a new port city Neom on the Red Sea ... need one trillion U.S. dollars. It is Prince Salman most significant and prestigious part of Vision 2030.

Another deal with Saudis, UAE and Qatar to finance Al Qaeda terror in North Africa to fight the Wagner mercenaries? History of Afghanistan-Libya-Syria. A second front as the Ukraine front is dying off ... subsiding into a multi-year stalemate.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 04:56:44 PM EST
Does the KSA need USD to build NOEM?
Ask yourself, "SELF, what commodities, materials and labor, must KSA import from US America?"
by Cat on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 05:05:27 PM EST
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Would snake the Jake convey threats of economic sanctions  ... choice between the good guys or the bad guys ... China has a one hundred year planning ... Salman is bound by the year 2030 to achieve his goal ... Western educated of Saudi Royalty..

Wealth is invested in the West ... Wall Street, London, Paris and Frankfurt. The EU is not a safe bet anymore ...

For Neom importance of finances, sponsoring, participation and tourism. Many hurdles either way. Betting on double security?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 05:39:02 PM EST
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Yes, he would. That creature is an unscrupulous functionary of the US federal government, a bastion of European capitalist psychopathology up to its eyeballs in WEAPONS, and possibly a WASP to judge by his career trajectory, from Ivy quads to Clinton campaign "operative" then US national security advisor. Which is to say, obviously, he's not capable of independent thought or action; he was bred to serve the "wealth of nations" that he inherited.

"Wealth" is credit—unrealized income. Families are always rising or falling in America.

So much for choice between the good guys or the bad guys.

So much for investment in the West: For evidently find the West is incapable of realizing productive capital "hosted" by "resource-rich" preliterate people currency

China has a one hundred year planning ...
Which is, this week, a long march toward humiliation or total world domination?

Salman is bound by the year 2030 to achieve his goal
Is he? ibn told, Salman is a homicidal autocrat. His noble family, friends, and  some 35.94M of brutally oppressed subjects fear him. What kind of autocrat swimming in "black gold," royal assassins, and obsolete weapons exchanged for USD 3B is bound by time that even the nine heads of the world's democracies, INCLUDING philosophers, dismiss?

For Neom importance of finances, sponsoring, participation and tourism. Many hurdles either way. Betting on double security?

I understand your profound contempt for the house of Saud, in general, and MbS in particular. That is not to say, I agree to exaggerate the significance of this one demonstration project or trivialize the labor applied to realize technical requirements. I confidently can say, I've insufficient information to form an opinion whether or not the project will be fit for purpose, when the GHG apocalypse arrives, or how long ACWA Power creditors are willing to wait for their rewards. 2050? 2060?

Minimum investment in hydrogen fuel production, feasible market, "excess capacity," and return apparently have been leaped. Which is more than anyone can infer from this European Hydrogen Bank "security" business.

The pilot auction was announced last month on the back of a suite of EC policy interventions that include a new EU Green Deal Industrial Plan and Net-Zero Industry Act along with revisions to the EU's emission trading system (ETS) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).
Also, I do know that US Treasury bonds are not the only pyraminds on the planet. Won't it be funny, when the NDB reveals that EHB MidCat "partners" pumped euro into the dread kingdom's trunk of "reserve" currencies?
by Cat on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 09:19:12 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 06:49:08 PM EST
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Post 9/11 Sharon and Netanyahu declared Palestinians are terrorists and provoked endless air strikes on Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. A very complex situatie to declare instant peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia ... Mission Improbable. The White House must be hard pressed for any foreign policy succes ahead of an election year ... pacifying the Jewish diaspora? Can't beat Trump who has gained hero of Israel status by his rightwing backers of AIPAC ... any proposal by Biden will be torn-up after November 2024.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 06:49:56 PM EST
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Lapid meets UAE foreign minister in Italy, amid hiatus in high-level visits | TOI - Aug. 8, 2023 |

No senior Emirati officials have been in Israel since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government came to power in late December.

Lapid, along with his wife, is in Italy for vacation this week on a flight paid for by his Yesh Atid party.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, Knesset sources say the funded trip was not approved by the ethics committee. Lapid's office said he received all the necessary approvals. [meeting with the enemy?]

Netanyahu was due to visit the UAE shortly after returning to office as his first state visit, but the trip was canceled after National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir's visit to the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem, which Abu Dhabi denounced as a "storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard."

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Bin Zayed visited Jerusalem in September, marking two years since the signing of the Abraham Accords, the US-brokered agreement that normalized ties between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain. Morocco followed suit and normalized relations with Israel soon after.

The Emirati foreign minister was also in Israel in March 2022 for the Negev Summit along with Bahraini, Moroccan, Egyptian and US counterparts, where they agreed to form a regional forum to discuss regional issues. Lapid initiated that forum, which has yet to reconvene.

Return of Netanyahu Defines End of Democracy | by Oui on Oct 30th, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 07:43:53 PM EST
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Keeping Israeli cabinet minister at a arm's length ... conflicts with re-election ambition in rightwing America.

US pushes back on White House invite claim as PM seen trying to raise visit's profile | TOI - Aug. 8, 2023 |

The Biden administration on Wednesday doubled down on its pushback against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's persistent claim that US President Joe Biden has invited him to the White House, an apparent effort to raise the meeting's profile.

"We still anticipate that the president will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu sometime in the latter part of this year in the fall, and [that] it'll be somewhere in the United States," White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said in response to a question on the matter during a phone briefing with reporters.

The answer further pointed to a possible meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level week in September, which both Netanyahu and Biden plan to attend. However, such a meeting would be one of many the US president will hold that week and ostensibly be lower profile than the Oval Office photo-op that the Israeli premier likely envisions as he seeks to boost his diplomatic bona fides that have taken a hit due to his far-right coalition partners.

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After the leaders spoke on July 17, Netanyahu's office issued a readout saying that Biden had invited him to meet in the US. The White House readout made no mention of an invitation and a source familiar with the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Netanyahu was the one who raised the idea of a meeting on the call and that Biden merely responded that he'd be willing to do so but that no further details were discussed.

Two US newspapers of quite some repute showing pro-Israel bias ... publication date July 17

  • Biden Invites Netanyahu to United States, Easing Tensions | The New York Times |
  • Biden invites Netanyahu to meet in U.S. amid rift over judicial changes | Washington Post |


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 08:04:45 PM EST
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indicates the admin is composing a NEW name for TRUMP-tainted Abraham Accords. Because name recognition and borrored interst is tricky business, the admin is uncertain if the poll smoke accurately describes registered (R) voter allegiance to TRUMP or Israel's covenant wit gott.
by Cat on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 09:58:31 PM EST
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Saudis said wary of full normalization with Israel, or a deal with current government | TOI - today 18.44 |

WSJ reports that US, Riyadh have agreed on broad terms, hope to finalize details in 9-12 months, though odds low due to joint demand that Israel make major gestures to Palestinians

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly told aides that he is not ready to fully normalize ties with Israel and is not eager to reach an agreement with the current hardline government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While U.S. officials have stressed that their approach to an Israel-Saudi deal is not all or nothing and that they also back interim steps that bring the sides closer to full normalization, the stance attributed to the crown prince in a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday appeared to be the first time a Saudi official was suggesting that such intermediate moves might be as far as Riyadh is willing to go, and that it's not ready for an accord akin to the one Israel signed with the United Arab Emirates in 2020.

And while US officials have privately acknowledged that opponents of Palestinian sovereignty -- who make up a clear majority in Netanyahu's government -- will complicate efforts to secure a normalization deal, since it will require significant moves to revive the two-state solution, the report was also the first time discomfort with the idea of making any sort of deal with the current coalition was expressed by Riyadh as well.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 08:13:50 PM EST
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Vice blocked an article criticising Saudi Arabia. This is why we published it instead | The Guardian |

If you want proof Saudi Arabia is trying to improve its reputation, visit the website of the Saudi Tourism Authority. There you will find the Q&A section has recently been updated to state that LGBTQ visitors to the country are welcome. This from a country that executed five men for same-sex relationships just four years ago. The hubris is astonishing. And yet to directly challenge those contradictions isn't easy, something John Lubbock, Daisy Steinhardt and Max Colbert recently learned.

As reported by the Guardian on Tuesday, the journalists had co-written an article for Vice World News, which looked at how LGBTQ Saudis face threats from their families and state authorities. It was commissioned after Vice signed a partnership deal with the MBC Group, a media company controlled by the Saudi government. The article's publication was first delayed and eventually spiked. The reason given? To protect staff at Vice's offices in Riyadh.

At Index on Censorship we followed the Vice story with dismay. It's not that we don't often hear of stories being spiked. We do, routinely. It's just that they usually happen elsewhere, to writers in countries with authoritarian governments such as China and Russia, or, if in the UK, to articles concerning vastly rich individuals, ones who are known to be litigious and take advantage of England's claimant-friendly legal system. We contacted the journalists and offered them a place for their article to be published.

Vice is not the first media outlet to develop relations with the petrol-state. The Independent and Evening Standard have been explicitly accused by the British government of being part-owned by the Saudi Arabian state, which they both deny. The majority owner of the news organisations, Evgeny Lebedev, sold a 30% stake in both in 2017 and 2018 to offshore companies fronted by a Saudi businessman, Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel.

Vice blocked news stories that could offend Saudi Arabia, insiders say

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 08:10:21 AM EST
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