Middle East on the brink: Saudi-Iran crisis at boling point as Hezbollah-Israel hostilities erupt in Lebanon



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In early November we published a report that in retrospect seems nearly prophetic today: Total Mid East war drawing near as Iran deal quietly collapses. This is a brief analysis of recent developments in the Middle East that appear to provide strong signals pointing to a near term slide into regional war or multiple wars.


The Middle-East escalation has shifted yet another phase today into dangerous new territories as The GCC block led by Saudi Arabia decided to sever all diplomatic and economic ties with Iran followings the attack by Iranian rioters on the Saudi embassy in Tehran which was provoked by the execution of 47 terrorists by Saudi Arabia, including a prominent Shiite cleric. It almost seems like a calculated provocation by the Saudis, who no longer take Obama seriouslya clear sign that the Trilateral clique which governs his agenda is Washington is currently in total decline. The Saudis seem determined to prevent the Iranian overtake of the Middle East on behalf of Obama, whose “nuclear deal” has already collapsed a while ago.

Riyadh has already taken Tehran on in Yemen, and indirectly in Syria, and is now ready to take the fight against Tehran all the way to the final showdown.

According to Debka File,

“Policymakers in Jerusalem noted the odd statement by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to reporters on Saturday, January 1 on the way home from a visit to Riyadh. After years of reviling the Jewish state, he said, “Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region. We have to admit that we also need Israel.”He sounded as though he was urging the resumption of the old political and military alliance binding the two countries years ago.  debkafile’s Middle Eastern sources point out that, since his comment came directly after his talks with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, it appeared to open a path toward the possible creation of a new Middle East bloc consisting of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, perhaps Egypt, and Israel, bound by the same enemies. This grouping could serve as a counterweight against the Sunni-Shiite bloc of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizballah, which has the backing of the US and Russia on one hand, and fights ISIS on the other”.

it might be easier for Tehran to take advantage of Netanyahu’s tough predicament in his war on terror, by sending Hizballah to strike Israel and, meanwhile, pre-empt the formation of a new anti-Tehran alliance. Speeding up Hassan Nasrallah’s promised revenge for the assassination of its master terrorist Samir Quntar would serve this purpose. This possibility has prompted the IDF to keep artillery units pounding areas bordering on Israel during the past few days. The IDF says this action is necessary to stop Hizballah exploiting the stormy, snowy winter weather to attack Israel.

The aforementioned preventive artillery shelling of Southern Lebanon may have disrupted the Hezbollah attack, but failed to prevent it. According to fresh reports, Hezbollah has attacked an army patrol – first of more to come. The Escalation on the Lebanese border is amplified by this recent announcement: Palestinian Leaders Promise a New Year of Violence and Death, which comes in the midst of an ongoing wave of Islamist Machete killers attacking Israelis on a daily basis since September.

On top of that, last week’s mysterious terrorist attack in Tel Aviv by a gunman who was well-known to the police and who managed to kill three and then escape into the shadows (an unprecedented event in the history of terrorism in Israel) remains without explanation as of the writing of these lines. It may have been a premeditated part of the Shiite or Palestinian grand strategy, or it could be unrelated to any of the above. In any case the failure of the authorities to capture the killer on the loose has already prompted the government to deploy army soldiers to the streets of Tel Aviv, which disrupts military training programs and could create loopholes in other sensitive sectors.

If more phases of military escalation across the region are indeed ahead of us, they could be the harbinger of the grand Sunni-Israeli “clash of the titans” with the Iranian regime and its proxies, ultimately peaking with the bombing of the Iranian nuclear facilities using the Israeli made hypersonic bunker busters which have been tested in the Yemen war back in April.