A source close to the Saudi royal family told the British Daily Mail newspaper that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is planning to step down and to hand over the Saudi Crown to his son Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
However, according to the source, King Salman will keep the title of “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” that’s traditionally linked with the “King” title in Saudi Arabia.
“Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week… Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title Custodian of the Holy Shrines,” the source told the Daily Mail.
No one ever tried to separate the two titles in the history of Saudi Arabia, mainly because this could lead to future problems within the royal family. The “King” title represent the political power. The “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” represents the religious power in Saudi Arabia. The two titles together give the King the powers, which he need to keep everything in line, within the Saudi royal family, and in Saudi Arabia as a whole.
Regarding Prince Mohammad bin Salman polices as a “future king”, the source told the Daily Mail that he will focus on Iran and Hezbollah.
“Mohammad bin Salman is convinced that he has to hit Iran and Hezbollah… Contrary to the advice of the royal family elders, that’s Mohammad bin Salman’s next target. Hence why the ruler of Kuwait privately calls him ‘The raging Bull'”, the source said.
The source also revealed that the Saudi Crown prince is willing to fight Hezbollah in Lebanon and that he is even ready to support Israel against Hezbollah. Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s “plan B” is to fight Hezbollah directly in Syria if he cannot start a war in Lebanon. according to the source.
“Mohammad bin Salman’s plan is to start the fire in Lebanon, but he’s hoping to count on Israeli military backing. He has already promised Israel billions of dollars in direct financial aid if they agree… Mohammad bin Salman cannot confront Hezbollah in Lebanon without Israel. Plan B is to fight Hezbollah in Syria,” said the source.
This is not the first time the media reports about the Saudi King stepping down. On November 8, a report of the UK-based Rai al-Youm newspaper claimed that King Salman was going to step down within “two days”.
There is no doubt, that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is very ambitious and aggressive, two features he reflected in his recent “anti-corruption” purge, when he arrested dozens of Saudi Princes and businessmen. However, it is not clear if the 32 year old Crown Prince is really ready to throw the Saudi Army into a military confrontation with Hezbollah in Syria, hundreds of kilometers away from the Saudi borders.