A spokesperson for Yemen’s Houthi-supported army, Brigadier Yahya Saree, revealed yesterday details of the links between Israel and former Yemeni President the late Ali Abdullah Saleh. The extensive but mostly clandestine links can be traced back at least to the year 2000.
Speaking at a press conference broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Saree highlighted that the Yemeni nation is confronting a Saudi-led military aggression, which seeks to accomplish the desired objectives of the Tel Aviv regime.
During the press conference he showed several documents indicating that Israeli authorities wanted to secure control over the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni islands and the port of Hudaydah.
He also cited official documents which demonstrated that Saleh’s government had secret relations with Tel Aviv which included visits by officials on both sides.
Indeed, on 30 March 30 2000 the then president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, confirmed that he had met with Israeli President Ezer Weizman after Israeli media revealed the secretive meeting had occurred.
According to Saree, normalisation between the two countries peaked in 2007, when Israeli diplomat Bruce Kashdan arrived in Sanaa to meet Yemeni military and security officials who were relatives of Saleh. The UAE was also revealed in some of the documents as actively facilitating some of the exchanges.
“The Israeli official left Sanaa International Airport on 16 July, 2007,” said Saree. “The visit had been arranged by Yemeni officials, and the UAE played a leading role in it. The Israeli diplomat had earlier visited Yemen on 2 February, 2005.”
During the visit, security in the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandab was discussed in addition to commercial cooperation and allowing Israeli products to enter the Yemeni market.
Al-Masirah reported that the document also mentioned the signing of an agreement that allowed Israeli civilian flights to use Yemeni air space.
Another document issued by the UAE Embassy in Sanaa, noted that a Jewish delegation visited Yemen and asked officials to naturalise approximately 60,000 Israelis with Yemeni nationality, 15,000 of whom had US citizenship.
The Emirati ambassador in Sanaa, Hamad Saeed Al-Zaabi, in a memorandum to the UAE Foreign Minister in 2004, noted that the “Yemeni-Jewish normalisation” was part of a larger scheme drawn up by the US.
Saree stated that Israel has constantly meddled in Yemeni affairs and continues to do so. “Yemen has long been the main target of US-Israeli plots and the ongoing onslaught clearly proves this. The Armed Forces call upon Yemenis from all walks of life to raise their awareness about the real intentions of foreigners. Our struggle is nothing but a fateful battle for liberation and independence.”
The army spokesperson also claimed that further information about Israel’s involvement in the Yemen war will be disclosed in the future. “We have other evidence of the Israeli military participation in the aggression, and it will be revealed in due course.” LINK
In late August of this year, it was revealed that the UAE occupying forces on the island of Socotra were planning to allow Israel establish intelligence facilities on the strategically located island.
According to the report, a delegation of Israeli and Emirati intelligence officers arrived on the Socotra Island very recently and examined various locations for establishing the planned intelligence bases. The purpose of such a base would be to collect intelligence across the region, particularly from Bab Al-Mandab and south of Yemen, along with the Gulf of Eden and the Horn of Africa. LINK
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