Why Arab Leaders Are Suddenly Groveling at the Chance to Normalize Ties with Israel

Arab leaders understand that relations with Israel provide access to US Empire and all that comes with it, including much desired US-made weapons and other perks such as security and economic cooperation. 

Israel Arab Normalization Feature photo

As these words are being written, the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are in Washington DC to sign agreements to normalize relations between their countries and the state of Israel. While the United States and Israel were represented by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Arab states sent

Be Sociable, Share!

Hoping to Seize on UAE-Israel Deal, Pompeo and Kushner Head East in Search of New Allies for Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump adviser Jared Kushner are hitting the road in an attempt to strong-arm more Arab states into normalizing relations with Israel, turning their backs on Palestine and isolating Iran.

Pompeo Kushner Israel

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and unelected advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, are embarking on a tour of the Middle East beginning with a stop in Israel to discuss "regional security issues related to Iran's malicious influence" with Prime Minister Netanyahu, followed by visits to Sudan, Bahrain and now official U.S. partner,

Be Sociable, Share!

Despite Record Of Human Rights Abuse, US Approves Billions In Arms Sales To Bahrain

Congress held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s myriad of human rights abuses.

Bahrain

The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s many, many human rights problems. The $3.8 billion sale is almost entirely going to Lockheed Martin, who

Be Sociable, Share!

United Arab Emirates Threatens Qatar Sympathizers With Prison

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry also announced that “all options” remain open for handling Qatar.

Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting, at Diwan Palace in Doha, Qatar. (Brendan Smialowski/AP)

Tensions between the Gulf Arab states continue to rise today, with Saudi Arabia leading a new round of threats against Qatar, with Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry insisting that “all options” remain open for handling Qatar, amid rumors of a potential invasion. The most extreme action of the day, however, came from the United Arab Emirates, which

Be Sociable, Share!

Bahrain Approves Military Trials For Civilians

Under the new amendment, the courts have the power to try any civilian accused of threatening the security of the state.

Riot police catch a Bahraini anti-government protester in the village of Shakhura, Bahrain, on, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP/Hasan Jamali)

Bahrain's king on Monday approved a constitutional amendment granting military courts the right to try civilians. Military courts in Bahrain were previously limited to trying members of the armed forces or other branches of the security services and could only try civilians under a state of emergency. Under the new amendment, the courts have

Be Sociable, Share!

Trump Approves Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

The weapons deals with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain were blocked by the Obama administration over concerns about human rights, but the Trump administration is now pushing ahead with them.

An explosion and smoke rise after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of mainly Gulf nations fighting the Houthis, who seized the capital, Sanaa, last September. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

(REPORT) --- According to officials familiar with the process, President Trump is expected to quickly approve massive weapons sales to both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, deals which had been on hold over growing concerns about human rights abuses by both nations. The White House did not discuss the matter directly, saying the final announcement

Be Sociable, Share!