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ME realignment ? - mv - 09-26-2006

Stratfor mentions today two new developments in the ME, both not confirmed at this time:

1. Apparent cooling of the US-Qatar relations and the possibility of the US base in Qatar being closed.
2. Apparent secret contacts between the Israelis and the Saudis

The relation may be that Qatar is a Shia state, maybe moving to the Iran column; the Saudis have reasons to be concerned about the rise of Iran and the Israeli inability to smash Hizbollah.

If either of the developments gets confirmed, it may become a big reshuffle.


Re: ME realignment ? - clh - 09-28-2006

mv Wrote:Stratfor mentions today two new developments in the ME, both not confirmed at this time:

1. Apparent cooling of the US-Qatar relations and the possibility of the US base in Qatar being closed.
2. Apparent secret contacts between the Israelis and the Saudis

The relation may be that Qatar is a Shia state, maybe moving to the Iran column; the Saudis have reasons to be concerned about the rise of Iran and the Israeli inability to smash Hizbollah.

If either of the developments gets confirmed, it may become a big reshuffle.
Wow! Israel collaborating with SA, even if just covert sharing of info against a common perceived threat?!?!? If true, talk about some strange bedfellows! Shock