Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis “Financed Terrorist Groups”, Blesses Israeli Statehood

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted in a wide-ranging interview in The Atlantic that Saudi nationals have funded terrorist groups, and quite stunningly – that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land yet another indicator that the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv is strengthening.

Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis "Financed Terrorist Groups", Blesses Israeli Statehood

When it comes to financing extremist groups, I challenge anyone if he can bring any evidence that the Saudi government financed terrorist groups. Yes, there are people from Saudi Arabia who financed terrorist groups. This is against Saudi law. We have a lot of people in jail now, not only for financing terrorist groups, but even for supporting them. –The Atlantic

Bin Salman’s comments come days after a U.S. judge rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss lawsuits accusing it of involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

The cases are based on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), a 2016 law that provides an exemption to the legal principle of sovereign immunity, allowing families of the victims to take foreign governments to court.

The families point to the fact that the majority of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and claim that Saudi officials and institutions “aided and abetted” the attackers in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks, according to court documents. Middle East Eye

MbS also told The Atlantic when asked if Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland:

I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations…  We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people”

Saudi Arabia does not currently recognize Israel – maintaining for years that normalizing relations all depends on the withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Middle East War – territory Palestinians claim to be theirs for the establishment of a future state.

There are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace,” MbS added. “There would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and countries like Egypt and Jordan”

Behold the “Coalition to fight terrorism”

Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis "Financed Terrorist Groups", Blesses Israeli Statehood

Recall that the first two stops Donald Trump made as President were Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss a coalition to fight terrorism – which, aside from the US and Israel, includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Jordan – assembled to fight the Islamic State and curtail Iran’s regional ambitions.

Last November, the 32-year-old bin Salman announced plans to “wipe terrorists from the face of the earth,” by forming a coalition of 40 Muslim countries to defeat ISIS.

Speaking at a summit of defence ministers from across 41 majority-Muslim countries he spoke of a need for a “pan-Islamic united front” against terrorism.

He said: “In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries… with no coordination among national authorities.

“That ends today, with this alliance.” –express.co.uk

The first official meeting of the new Muslim alliance was held a week later – just two days after an attack at a Mosque in Egypt killed over 300 people, including 30 children – in what was called the country’s worst terrorism incident.

Meanwhile, bin Salman traveled to Washington D.C. in March, where he began what’s been described as a cross-country road show to lure American firms and investment to Saudi Arabia – a crucial component of his “Vision 2030” plan to wean the ultraconservative kingdom’s economy off its reliance on oil.

Since being appointed heir to the thrown, MbS, 32, has embarked on what fawning US media have described as an “ambitious” reform agenda. He has earned-widespread praise for lifting restrictions on women driving while loosening rules around male-female interactions and also reining in the country’s religious police.

In an effort to wean the Kingdom off of its dependence on oil, MbS launched his Vision 2030 initiative – a plan that relies on foreign investment.

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  • Albert Pike

    Interesting this ‘The Atlantic’ interview:
    “MbS: Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad.
    Goldberg: Yes, very bad.”

    It seams to be, that the God-Chancellor and leader of National Zionism -‘the founder of Israel’- is still the main aligning point of good and evil. It seams like especially people, who are -like the members of the House of Saud- crypto Jews them self, love to align their opinions around this visitor of Munich’s liberal bourgeois salons of the thirties, who was likely 75% Jewish himself, and who was married to an Eva of Jewish blood.

    Coincidence? – I think not!

    But anyway the ‘wanna be’ conquer of the Arabian Peninsula ‘MbS’, names another failed conquer ‘bad’. This is indeed bad, very bad…

  • That guy is SOOOOO sleazy he must bathe in that stuff he sells….. I wonder that even Americunts and UK pigs can stand him!

    • BL

      If I were a Saudi I’d feel completely embarrassed by his constant pandering and lowering of himself to his Zionist and American masters.

  • You can call me Al

    I believe that a joint “major” attack is on it’s way against Iran. There sure are some bloody thirsty evil in this World.

  • Rodger

    “Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land” :’)
    Yeah, and he considers their own land whatever property they own outside the ME……. Typical muslim doubletalk.

  • Rob

    On March 29, the Butcher Benjamin Netanyahu or BB Netanyahu have slaughtered 18 and injured 1400 Palestinians in Gaza when thousands of Palestinians near Gaza border have protested against their 70 years prolonged imprisonment. The butcher Netanyahu Act of barbarism is a violation of human rights and should be condemned.

    Palestine the slaughterhouse of West has again active. The presence of Illegal migrant state of Israel is a greater challenge for 52 Muslim states including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Kingdom, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Chechnya etc. The presence of illegal migrant state of Israel is also a greater challenge for Russia and China because this slaughterhouse of West does not suit the Russian and Chinese dignity.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————-

  • Rob

    What is the key role of these terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Through these terrorists Washington and UK want to blackmail these countries. Accuse and Sanction them, destroy their defence industries and bring them to kneel.

  • Rob

    Putin kicking the asses of Israeli migrants in Syria. Putin crushing them like insects.

    Before RT was good when it was independent but when the Israeli migrants have dominated it so now like MSM it publish fake news, propaganda. The Russian ministry is not aware of this incidence. Everywhere in the world Israeli migrants want to control print and electronic media.

    • Brother Ma

      Sorry ido nit buy it. Putin knows very well Rt and Ruptly being taken over by yahudis but wont do anything about it. I still do not know why he wont.

  • Rob

    SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ADMITS SAUDIS “FINANCED TERRORIST GROUPS”, BLESSES ISRAELI STATEHOOD.

  • hvaiallverden

    In an sense, ugh….. The prince is right, with,eh….. all due respect spot on, remarkable, and what have happened behind the curtains, we may never know, but, for the Arabs, incl the Persians, etc, to the Yemenits, the original homeland of the Old Testament, not Levante, but Yemen, Sana is old, very old, in fact the first city ever with several floor buildings, aka an sky line, did you know that.

    All in all, an confirmation of existing knowledge, but whats going to happen with the pack of loonies running the Gangster paradise ISISrael and the Imperial banana republic of socialistic states, aka UssA, do, since this obviously will crash something wouldn’t it, dear MBS.

    But, again, Arabs, if this unification will come forth, you should know by now whom is your enemy, have been so for century’s, driven wars in your land for century’s, killed millions, displaced even more millions, Arabs, that is the facts, and the only way out is honest repent, reconciliations, because, that was your destiny, stolen from you by diversion, and conquest.
    The potential is unlimited, Arabs, for once we see an direction that will benefit you all, what lacks, is peace.

    Do you have the balls, prince, to walk the walk.
    Blessed be the peace makers, its never to late to turn, our lord is after all, merciful and benevolent, and it must come from the hart, that, is all yours.
    You reap what you saw, its not meant to be negative in any way, it is equally relevant the opposite way, that is also forgotten, we where not sent here to live in misery and pain, get an grip.

    Did you think its going to be easy, I can assure you, it will not, but the reward when you stand there, is the light of knowledge and wisdom, the truth is coming forth, God is love, love life and you love God, because without light, man would not be, the only difference between us, do you see it, or not.

    Islam is this, chopped down to the bare bones.
    “Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism,
    arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying,
    cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them,
    then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”
    Sufism
    Amen to everything.

    peace

  • Rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HHUh0Cc44A
    Now the relations of Saudi Kingdom is going to be strained with Zionist led Washington because of humaliation of MBS by Trump and then MBS was directly laughing on Trump. The Zionist led Washington regime loosing strong allies very fast. First Pakistan, then Turkey, Lebanon, then Egypt and Qatar. The next are Saudi kingdom, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Japan and South Korea. The relations of Russia, China, Philipines, North Korea, African countries, Mexico and the Latin American countries are already strained with the Washington regime.

  • Merijn

    Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman admitted in an interview that Saudis have funded terrorist groups, and
    – that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land.
    – yet another indicator that the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv is strengthening…

    What are they talking about? Strengthening what? The House of Saud is of Jewish Origin…..so there is nothing to Strengthen…..

  • Floyd Hazzard

    I have a theory. Saudi Arabia will be the next Middle Eastern country to be rocked by upheavals and rebellion. The Ismamic world is being sold out and they won’t like it.

    • Brother Ma

      Can’t wait!. These wahhabist dogs have been pandered to for too long by Uncle Sam and his posse!

    • Bob

      Not so sure. US has Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain. That is why no ‘Arab Spring’ was allowed in Bahrain and Saudi National Guard turned up in Bahrain, in 2011, to violently suppress majority Shia dissent against, Saudi sponsored, ruling minority Sunni clan. The US will only accept internal Saudi challengers to al-Saud’s if US have deal with any effective opposition to maintain US bases – otherwise they will back al-Saud clan to the hilt.

  • Veritas Vincit

    “When it comes to financing extremist groups, I challenge anyone if he can bring any evidence that the Saudi government financed terrorist groups.”

    “Mohammed bin Salman and his counterpart in Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan have long been supporting the ISIL and al-Qaeda terrorist groups’ global operations….. Based on the documents, US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said that the Saudi and Abu Dhabi crown princes have established continued contacts with two Yemeni nationals, namely Ali Abkar al-Hassan and Abdollah Faisal Ahdal, who are on the US blacklist of most wanted terrorists….. The documents also revealed the detailed activities and operations of the two Yemeni nationals in support of the al-Qaeda and the ISIL as well as Saudi Intelligence Chief Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Humaidan’s financial support for them….. The documents were revealed after a new report released by a British think tank on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia is the “foremost” foreign funder of Islamist extremism in the UK and other western countries.” (Egyptian Daily Releases Documents of Saudi Crown Prince’s Support for ISIL, Al-Qaeda, Southfront, 10/07/2017)

    And of course Saudi allies are well known to be supporting terrorist affiliated/command linked groups:

    – “when Jabhat Al-Nusra was “besieged, we had officers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and America here… Experts in the use of satellites, rockets, reconnaissance and thermal security cameras.” The journalist asked specifically if the US instructors were really present among the jihadists’ ranks and Al Ezz replied: “The Americans are on our side.”….. The money came from the “governments” of those states, not private individuals, he said. “Israel is now giving us support because Israel is at war with Syria and with Hezbollah,” Al Ezz said….. The commander openly confirmed that Jabhat Al-Nusra “are part of Al Qaeda,” the terrorist network responsible for the 9/11 attacks.” (‘Americans are on our side’: Al-Nusra commander says US arming jihadists via 3rd countries, RT, 26 Sep, 2016)

    – “Diplomatic sources [disclosed] the U.S. “bought weapons from the stockpiles of [Libya]…… The man who organized that shipment, Tripoli Military Council head Abdelhakim Belhadj [commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), designated a terrorist entity for its association with al-Qaeda], worked directly with [U.S. Ambassador Chris] Stevens during the Libyan revolution…. The Wall Street Journal reported that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the now-exposed CIA annex.” (REPORT: The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels, Business Insider, Dec. 9, 2012)

    – “A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdogan administrations. It pertained to the rat line…. the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities…… The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director…..” (The Red Line and the Rat Line, Seymour M Hersh)

    • Veritas Vincit

      – “the US-led coalition has been using the Syrian Al Hasakah refugee camp as a base for training militants…. Under the supervision of the US instructors from Special Operations Forces, new armed groups called the “New Syrian Army” are being forged…. Most of these militants come from Daesh and Nusra Front terrorist groups and currently around 750 fighters from Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor, Abu Kamal and the eastern territories of the Euphrates are concentrated in the refugee camp area….. The core of the group at the camp is made of 400 Daesh militants, who left Syria’s city of Raqqa in October 2017 with the help of the United States.” (US-Led Coalition Uses Al Hasakah Camp in Syria to Train Militants – Russian MoD, Sputnik, 16/12/2017)

      – “terrorists in Aleppo are both receiving logistical aid and intelligence support from the western states, specially the US warships deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.” (US Warships in Mediterranean Sending Intelligence to Terrorists in Aleppo, FarsNews, Aug 08, 2016)

      – “It is not lost on any of the foreign governments arming the Syrian opposition that they are in fact boosting radical Islamist organizations, some of which are close to al Qaeda. But it is not openly admitted. US officials prefer to depict the recipients of those weapons as “moderate” rebels. Israel sources admit that their military assistance reaches the hands of Al Nusra, but claims it is a local group, which operates independently of Al Qaeda.” (Assad loses battles as US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arm Al Qaeda’s Syrian branches, Debka [Israel], May 4, 2015), etc…….

      The claims of Mohammed bin Salman are incompatible with such reports. Also worth noting is his support for the state of Israel at a time when Israel snipers are using fragmentation ammunition (illegal under international law) to inflict catastrophic wounds and to kill Palestinian protestors. This support for the state of Israel comes after meeting with key Zionist organisations:

      – “The prince visited with officials from AIPAC, Stand for Israel, the American Jewish Committee, ADL, the Jewish Federation of North America, and others. The visits were revealed in a leaked copy of his itinerary, and were not meant to be publicized.” (Saudi Crown Prince Meets AIPAC, Other Jewish Leaders During US Visit, Jason Ditz, March 29, 2018)

      It is likely Saudi Arabia will in time be consumed by the gradually expanding conflicts in the region they have and continue to fuel.

  • RichardD

    To avoid being on the receiving end of the Arab spring regime change wars and terrorism. When the Jews say jump, the Saudis say how high. When the Jews say terrorists, the Saudis say how many. When the Jews say Palestinians, the Saudis say who cares?

  • Don Machiavelli

    So, basically, ‘prince’ got raped in the USA. Worst kind of people.

  • Sukhoi

    For who did not understood…

    Israel was created in 1948, while Saudi Arabia was created in 1949. Both were created by the same hand, the House of Rothschild, of London, the most criminal and richest family in the world with a fortune estimated in 500 trillion dollar. Rothschild is a family of jews.

    The al-Saud family, running Saudi Arabia, is a family of jews showing themselves as muslim.
    Behind the scenes Saudi Arabia and Israel are partners since the beginning, and frequently the Saudis are around doing the dirty job for Israel.

    The same applies for most of the Sunni muslim countries. They are run by jews or its proxies, like Egypt, run by the jew al-Sisi (son of a jew mother from Tunisia).

    • Rob

      Saudi Arabia was created on 23 September 1932.

  • MbS is the “Gorbachev” of KSA! His Glasnost and Perestroika will lead to all sorts of unexpected results, if he manages to keep his head for a while.

    • Gregory Casey

      Best thing Mohammed bin Salman could do as a favour to humanity is find a deep cave far out in the Arabian Desert and crawl in there as a very large rock is rolled across the opening into the cave so that he never gets out. This lunatic is responsible for the carnage in Yemen and together with his (then) friends in Qatar & Turkey is responsible for Syria being torn apart with 650,000+ people killed ……. together with his pals in UK/US/France/NATO