The Revolution Unfolds:  Saudi King To Step Down & Hand Power Over To His 32 Year-Old Son; King Salman Expected To Step Down Next Week

The Revolution Unfolds:  Saudi King To Step Down & Hand Power Over To His 32 Year-Old Son; King Salman Expected To Step Down Next Week

     Saudi Arabia’s King Salaman “is planning to step down and announce his son as his successor next week,” according to a highly/well-placed source who spoke ‘exclusively,’ to the DailyMail.  Ryan Parry and Josh Boswell posted an article, November 16, 2017, on the DailyMail website, writes that “the move is seen as the final step in the 32-year old Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a [wide-spread] corruption probe,” crackdown.  Mr. Parry and Mr. Boswell, citing their source, add that “King Salman will continue only as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son — often referred to as MBS.”

     “Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week,” the source said.  “King Salman will play the role [similar to that] of the Queen of England.  He will only keep the title, ‘Custodian of the Shrines,’ the source added, referring to Mecca and Medina, two of Islam’s most holiest sites.

      Once crowned Saudi Arabia’s new king, the source told the DailyMail that MBS “will shift his focus to Iran;” a move which could heighten tensions between Riyadh and Tehran — but, a necessary move in light of recent events.  The source claims that the new king “will enlist the support of the Israeli military to crush [Iran’s proxy] Hezbollah.”

     “MSB is convinced he has to hit Iran and Hezbollah,” the source said.  “Contrary to the advice of the royal family elders, that’s MSB’s next target.  Hence, why the ruler of Kuwait privately calls him, ‘The Raging Bull,’ the source added.  “MSB’s plan is to start the fire in Lebanon; but, he’s hoping to count on the Israeli military backing.  He has already promised Israel billions of dollars in direct financial aid — if they agree.  MSB cannot confront Hezbollah in Lebanon without Israel.  Plan B is to fight Hezbollah in Syria,” the source explained.

     Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have certainly become increasingly tense, in the aftermath of what Saudi officials claim was a ‘foiled Iranian missile attack’ against the kingdom on November 4.  As the Daily Mail notes, “the rocket was fired from neighboring Yemen; and, was heading towards Riyadh before it was shot down.  The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Jubair, said Iran was responsible and called the incident, ‘an act of war.  Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps,” Jubair told CNN.

     “Today, confrontation is the name of the game,” Joseph A. Kechichian, a scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia told the New York Times.  “The young man is not willing to roll over and play dead.  If you challenge him, he is saying he is going to respond.”

     None of this is surprising.  Much as POTUS Trump, early in his presidency, authorized the bombing of military targets in Syria related to chemical weapons, the new Saudi king, is likely looking for an opportunity to establish his foreign policy/statesman credentials as a ruler who won’t be a pushover.  But, obviously, if the DailyMail is aware of these particulars, so is Iran.  The adversary gets a vote.  One has to assume that Tehran is already war-gaming how they may respond, if they believe what has been described above.  And, Riyadh and Tel Aviv have had a long, and complicated, clandestine intelligence collection and operational relationship.  Thus, some kind of joint, secret, Israel/Saudi Arabia undertaking in Lebanon, and/or Syria, would not be out of the question.  The real key, is can the new king, once crowned, manage these crises — without miscalculation and helping create the circumstances that could escalate into a much wider conflict?  And, will Tehran work to ‘control’ their proxy forces in Yemen, and dissuade or prevent additional missile firings in Saudi Arabia’s direction?  If they don’t the new king won’t have any choice but to respond harshly.  RCP,

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