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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
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Israel’s Netanyahu meets with Saudi Arabia’s bin Salman

In a meeting that is essentially unprecedented, the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia met yesterday evening in Saudia Arabia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia Sunday night to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The meeting is the first known encounter between senior officials from the enemy states. Yossi Cohen, Israel’s chief spy and head of the Mossad, also attended the meeting, as did U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Netanyahu reportedly kept his trip a secret from alternate Israeli Prime Minister Benny Gantz and foreign minister Gaby Ashkenazi.

Prior to the election, and at about the time that the UAE and Bahrain had signed peace accords with Israel, there were rumors that Saudi Arabia would follow suit, but only after the re-election of Trump. While the Arab country’s covert relations with Israel in recent years have been generally improving, such a public agreement would have signaled a major change, including a public admission that the Saudis were no longer tying their diplomatic relations to Palestinian demands.

I suspect the two leaders met to discuss whether that a public agreement now makes sense, given the strong possibility of an anti-Israeli and anti-Saudi American government under Joe Biden (who has already said he wishes to reinstate the Iran deal and reopen ties with that country).

In other words, as expected, a Joe Biden victory might very well cause the cancelling of this major peace deal. I hope not, but it would be understandable for Saudi Arabia, faced with an invigorated hostile Iran to the north, now getting aid from the U.S..

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13 comments

  • Andrew_W

    If the two countries are on good terms “peace deal” is inaccurate because there’s no conflict and the existence or not of a publicly announced deal between the two does little to affect their relationship. The main benefits are in terms of propaganda and how other countries might publicly follow the lead.

  • pzatchok

    I can see Biden reaching out to the Palestinians and in the end starting a bunch of problems all over again.

    Why solve a problem when you could use the conflict for your own political gain?

    Its the very same reason they are crying about Trump pulling all of the last few troops out of the Middle East. Well Afghanistan at least.

  • Phill O

    The rise of Iranian allies requires many old enemies to unite. I am sorry to say that the Trudeau government will fallow Biden’s lead on softening on Iran.

    The argument that we are entering the “End Times” requires all countries to be against Israel though.

    Watch for increased pressure on any conservative group. I believe we are seeing a global Nazi like movement. As the Nazi party used new medium (megaphone and rallies) and control of the media, so this movement is using control of the new medium; social media.

  • Andrew_W: The deal would officially normalize relations, have Saudi Arabia recognize Israel, and allow for commercial travel and business between the two nations. None of this exists today.

    The good terms were merely the willingness to work together in secret on military matters. The difference is profound.

  • Tom Biggar

    Editorial in NY Sun worth reading:

    Message to Biden Via Saudi Parley: No Turning Back

    https://www.nysun.com/foreign/message-to-biden-from-saudi-summit-is-no-turning/91344/

    A Burden / Harass admin that bans fracking, causing the price of oil to rise, and removes sanctions on Iran, gives the Iran / Palestine axis of terror the cash and freedom to continue its destruction of the region. The peace process might be able to survive a neutral US, but not one that is actively hostile to it. The dem party is largely anti Israel and pro Palestine, so prospects are dim if state decides to resume its pro terror policies. And, as US influence declines, Russia / China influence increases.

  • Cotour

    Biden, if he were to actually become the president, will have little to say about what goes on behind the scenes in his own administration. Even now you can see him speaking and he must not be on what ever they had him on, he is incoherent. A mere mask for the left and the Bernie Sanders contingent, a gift to the Globalists who strive to own us all and deliver us to the waiting arms of the Chinese Communists.

    A Biden administration would be very weak, to say the least, but damage will be done.

    And if this voting machine issue is not revealed and straightened out there will no need for any elections in the future. What would the point be?

  • James Street

    I always thought the “Military Industrial Complex” was the stuff of tin-foil-lined-cap conspiracy theorists. But a couple years ago I was at an event and talked to a guy who just retired from the military and was going into personal protection of execs at a Fortune 500 company. That was his job in the military where he got his start as a young man protecting then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld around the time of the Iraq War.

    I asked him what Rumsfeld was like, expecting a few warm stories or humorous anecdotes. He immediately got angry and said Rumsfeld intentionally got us into the Iraq war to earn great profit through government contracts for his family members and friends who worked in the defense industry.

    That conversation got me looking at the “Military Industrial Complex” in a whole different way.

  • Shoe Lace

    Those are the two world leaders who would most support Trump using the Insurrection Act.

  • janyuary

    James, it would be interesting to know who in politics invested heavily in masks and when. Similar insights from credible folks confirm equal disdain for humanity in the pharmaceutical industry. In any case individuals must always be responsible for their own health and well being if they presume to live in liberty. Yield it to fear and easy path is a sure path to becoming state-owned livestock.

    Right now with this Covid tyranny, medicine has really shown how it has expanded this Industrial Complex beyond mere Military. Meanwhile, science, in the form of harsh environmental regulations, has another stronghold on food and energy production and consumption. Over regulation restricts food and energy production in a free market, to only the largest and most obedient of “capitalists” in a jimmied market. Basic human rights are cast out in the maw of that complex as we see. It’s all so sad.

    There actually is a lot of profit in all those areas … capitalism in propaganda and fear, it might be called?

    Or as the old Firesign Theater parody had in a digital future marketing slogan, “Creating a need — and filling it!”

    Holy cow were they prescient.

  • janyuary

    James, it used to be a Military Industrial Complex but now it is a Multi Industrial Complex involving military (break things), medical (“fix” things including “preventative”), and science (figuring why and how things operate), all three industries. It’s a lot bigger than when it was in post WWII America. It’s been stealthy.

  • Chris

    So the issues with the Biden presidency are not just domestic. This is just one area of.a litany of foreign areas where the Biden presidency will fail.
    If the US reinstates anything like the prior JCPOA; which I think we formally left November 4th; the Iranians gain a blind eye from the US in their conventional, terror and nuke programs. In this case I see the Saudi’s seeking a nuclear program. They will be desperate. They have had many inquiries if not current work from the the South Koreans for one.
    Their war with the Persians is centuries old. They see the Persians desperate -as they are, to keep their own house in order. Demographics are against both. Both are no longer the pure Arab or Persian country. Both will want to settle the score soon.
    Just what we need more countries pursuing nukes. – Thanks Joe.

  • eddie willers

    So the issues with the Biden presidency are not just domestic.

    Which is why the Biden campaign and the MSM avoided all mention of foreign policy. Trump’s was the best in my lifetime.

  • Chris

    eddie – I think I agree on that.

    The other thing to note is the cancellation of the second – foreign policy – debate. How convenient.

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