Trump's Jerusalem Tit-For-Tat: Orders Saudis To ‘Immediately’ End Yemen Blockade

In a brief statement issued Wednesday afternoon, President Trump called on Saudi leadership to completely lift the years long Saudi military blockade on war-torn Yemen. The unexpected announcement came on the same day President Trump delivered an extremely controversial televised address wherein he gave official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I have directed officials in my administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it,” Trump said through a White House press release. “This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.”


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Though it's unclear exactly why the directive was suddenly issued after years of humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, it is likely connected with the widespread shock and condemnation from world leaders which immediately followed in the wake of Trump's speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The Yemen directive was published by the Office of the Press Secretary only a matter of two hours later.

And while Trump cites "humanitarian reasons" for the urgent directive requesting the lifting of the siege, Saudi Arabia has enforced a military blockade on deeply impoverished Yemen since it began bombing the country in 2015. Furthermore, media and human rights groups began reporting on the de facto naval blockade of Yemen's ports - which quickly left over 20 million Yemeni civilians facing a dire humanitarian crisis - soon after the war began in March of 2015. This occurred as the US and UK stationed military and intelligence officers in Saudi command and control centers in order to assist in targeting Yemeni Houthi rebel locations.

As early as June 2015, for example, a Guardian investigation found that the US and UK were enabling the crippling blockade, which has been widely acknowledged as a "humanitarian disaster". According to the report, "nearly 80% of the population are in urgent need of food, water and medical aid, in a humanitarian disaster that aid agencies say has been dramatically worsened by a naval blockade imposed by an Arab coalition with US and British backing."

While it's clear that the lifting of the siege is a welcome step in the right direction for the millions of suffering Yemeni men, women, and children impacted, the White House decision in reality has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns, as the US itself has for the past two years been partnering with the Saudis in all its actions in Yemen (also including Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, and with the UK as a huge supplier of weapons).

Saudi airstrikes on the impoverished country, which have killed many thousands of civilians - a shocking percentage of children among them according to the UN - and displaced tens of thousands, have further involved the use of American military hardware. Cholera has recently made a comeback amidst the appalling war-time conditions, and civilian infrastructure such as hospitals have been bombed by the coalition. Though likely falling short of the true number, as of November 5,295 civilians have been killed and another 8,873 injured in the war, according to figures provided by the UN.

And the coalition's military campaign greatly intensified this week following former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s death, which resulted in an uptick in the aerial pounding of Sanaa, which was overrun by Houthi rebels. 

So why is Trump belatedly citing "humanitarian reasons" now?

As Middle East analyst Hassan Hassan says, it appears that today's statement on Yemen is no doubt connected with what many described as the strong and vehement reaction to the earlier Jerusalem recognition move by both King Salman and MBS. "This sounds like a tit-for-tat statement concerning the Jerusalem move. What happened suddenly for this administration to care about Yemenis, esp given recent news the Saudi-led Coalition lifted some of the blockade?" observed Hassan Hassan shortly after the release of the Yemen directive.

No doubt, Trump understands how he can leverage regional allies on the issue of human rights anytime they don't fall in line with the US position - he knows where the skeletons are buried as the US has long been in the trenches with Saudi Arabia and other gulf allies during the region's "regime change" wars in places like Libya and Syria. But this goes the other way too, as we previously predicted of the recent Qatari-Saudi diplomatic war which resulted in both sides accusing the other of human rights abuses and aiding terrorism in the region: "the United States itself will not be spared in this new open season of airing dirty laundry as old allies turn on each other."

So while Trump suddenly and conveniently puts Saudi Arabia in the hot seat using human rights as an excuse, we should expect that Saudi Arabia will itself eventually retaliate, likely through some kind of leak or media interview. 

Trump has already received an immense amount of push back over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital by moving the US embassy there. The countries condemning the move include the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, as well as the EU and Arab League. 

As Trump finds he's put himself in an isolated position over the Jerusalem move, and as he potentially lashes out further against US regional allies, things are about to get even more interesting in the Middle East.

Comments

Slack Jack Cheka_Mate Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:00 Permalink

Like I said: Will Trump move the Jew capital to Jerusalem?

Of course, the idiot will. Trump is a Jew.

Just like, Obama, Bush and (Bill & Hillary) Clinton are all Jews.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=630

http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf

And as to how real wars are fought,.... i.e., through deception, see

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1174

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:01 Permalink

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, there were no people even resembling Jews in the middle-east at all.

Turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single city where the Hebrew script is used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,.... well there aren't any. Not even one.

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MisterMousePotato Slack Jack Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:09 Permalink

Can anyone explain to this dumb person why Russia and/or China, for instance, would give a shit about this?Edit: I should add that I am not so naive as to think that V. Putin wept and stayed up all night over this, but why go to the trouble to 'condemn' this?Here. I know. Guess what? I just made Jeruselum the capital of Planet MousePotato, a sparsely populated alternate universe.Anyone give a shit?

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Slack Jack Volkodav Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:13 Permalink

By Greek, one means that they have building inscriptions in Greek, that the building are constructed in a Greek architectural style, etc.

That a large number of ancient cities in Israel are Greek is not disputed by anyone (except those totally ignorant of the matter).

Here is the first thing I found on Google:

A Greek inscription on a Greek floor-mosaic in a building in Jericho:

Floor-mosaic with a Greek inscription recording the construction and paving of a church, and a thanksgiving to Andrew by a soldier. Found at Jericho (Roman province of Palaestina I). Probably 6th/7th c AD.

http://csla.history.ox.ac.uk/record.php?recid=S00763

Here's another interesting example:

A first century BCE Greek inscription from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of Gentiles (i.e., non-Greeks) to the Temple precinct....

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-temple-mount-warning-stone-is-clo…

The interesting point is that: You can't find buildings with Hebrew inscriptions. They just don't exist.

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Conscious Reviver tattmaster Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Very good. And what does that have to do with SlackJack's claim besides nothing??About Greek inscriptions found in Palestine or anywhere around the Mediterranean, that is not surprising at all. For example, if you want to tell the Goyim not to climb the Temple Mount, don't you have to tell them in a language they can understand? It was a Hellenistic world.What about the Dead Sea Scrolls?  Does that count as ancient Jewish writing found in Palestine? Written in Aramaic, not Hebrew.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic_languagePlenty of ancient sources refer to Jewish populations in Palestine  as well as Cyrnaicia (Lybia)  and Cypress(?)Kitos War in those three places killed .5 million people if I remember correctly.  You can read about it here.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitos_WarI suggest everyone take a look. Given the content, it would be good to find a source besides Wiki, but that's about all I can see for now.I did find this which seems interesting.  Still reading.http://thejewishwars.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-kitos-war-jewish-war-on-a…

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tattmaster Conscious Reviver Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:36 Permalink

that's sort of like saying spanish inscriptions are representative of the "original" native americans giving us directions here in the US...  i will give the dead sea scrolls as much posibble legitimacy as the diary of anne frank to prove the 6 million number.  why don't you go live there and sort shit out for the rest of us?  you seem like an enlightened (((kat)))

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j.darkness Slack Jack Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:47 Permalink

Agreed, and mathis is fascinating. Given this, wtf is going on? I thought deep state /cia/ nsa were all allied with isi, This rift between deep state and trump seems to be in opposition. Is the rift just more theatrics? Or is there a similar rift within israel involving various jewish factions? I can't keep track of who is fighting who, aside from the obvious elite vs the rest.

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Truther wee-weed up Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:57 Permalink

If someone understand or reads arabic. This paper states that MBS has secretly blessed Trump's Jerusalem recognition. As has been said before, MBS has converted and was initiated by the Mossad with Kushner's blessings 8 months ago. This game is bigger than any other and has dire consequences.http://www.addiyar.com/article/1475389-%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%…

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veritas semper… Truther Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

The killing of ex-president Saleh by the Houthis was a game changer. Saleh  was allying with the Saudis and back stabbing the Houthis,a plot supported by Saudis and most likely US. It was prevented by the Iranian Intelligence ,who tipped the Houthis. The response of the population was extraordinary in support of the Houthis.So SA lost big time. And the international pressure building against them.Those are the real reasons.

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Conscious Reviver JimmyJones Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:33 Permalink

JJ, wrong on your Iran comment. They can agree with him on one thing and disagree on the other. If Trump says water is wet, Iran has to disagree?!?Don't go full retard like Slack JackRe. Slack Jack & missing Jewish stuff, here's Roman art showing them carrying the goods back to Rome for their traditional triumphal procession. Titus, the general and eventual emperor refused the traditional olive leaf reath as he said it was not worthy for victory over a people forsaken by their own god. Ouch!  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=titus+arch+menorah&t=fpas&iax=images&ia=image… the menorah, symbol of the Jewish people before the RedSheilds came along in the 18th century.

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Occident Mortal Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

It's all smoke and bullshit so Saudi Arabia can publically have a spat with their BFF Isreal and whip the GCC into line. Middle East is passe. US has oil again so we don't care what happens over there now.

Blankone Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

Israel wins. They get the push for Jerusalem, the Saudis are pressured to allow basic supplies into Yemen and maybe to stop bombing hospitals thus the resistance within Yemen is a little stronger, thus more fighting and buying expensive mercenaries for the Saudis. Israel and the orange jew win.

Supafly Blankone Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:55 Permalink

Israel looks like they could lose.  Saudi Arabia fucked up by letting the issue with Yemen go too long.  They had all the resources they needed, but used them too sparingly because they undersetimated their opponent.  And, their military sucks.  I don't think the Jerusalem thing is anything more than symbolic, but looks big to the people, so good luck to Israel popping their head out in this mess.  You know they were calling the shots on Yemen.

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Conscious Reviver Blankone Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

Like the heartless Israelis could give a fuck about what happens to the poor people of Yemen. For sure the Israelis are in there helping with the slaughter. The Houthis know what's up. Check out the little jingle they sing everytime they win a battle, which seems to be the most frequent outcome of every engagement they are involved in.

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