America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen – Foreign Policy
Recent decisions by the United States Senate concerning the murder of and the future of American involvement in the war in Yemen reflect the large gap the implications of the Khashoggi affair are correct, and Israel must. Stephen Seche, the former United States Ambassador to Yemen, . When he returned to Yemen, he started denouncing the U.S. and Israel. These days, Hezbollah's and Iran's relationship with the Houthis is no secret. Yemen: Current Conditions and U.S. Relations. Alfred B. Prados and Jeremy M. Sharp. Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. Summary.
When the London Sunday Times reported that Israel was preparing to airlift Yemeni Jews to Israel, Yemeni sources denied that San'a decided to expel the Jews and added that "Yemeni citizens, including Jews have the right to travel to any country except Israel. In the spring ofIsraeli sources said that some Jews immigrated secretly to Israel. Attempting to cover up the immigration issue, Yemeni sources said that prominent Jews had asked for protection against Israeli attempts to coerce them to immigrate to Israel.
The President of Yemen expressed full support for the Palestinian struggle, and they discussed ways to bring all Palestinian factions to agree on a common strategy.
In an interview with an Egyptian weeklySaleh said that his country would be willing to host a meeting of all Palestinian factions, in order to discuss their differences and bring unity to their ranks. In another interview with a London-based Arabic newspaper, Basindwah said that Yemen would exert every effort in order to reconcile all factions within the Palestinian camp and called on the Palestinians to prevent Israel from benefiting from the dissension in their ranks.
When interviewed by the Egyptian pressBasindwah said that his government would support any decision made by the Palestinians. And when asked about the future of the Palestinian forces stationed in Yemen, he said that: But whether they decide to stay or leave is a matter for the PLO to decide.
We had hoped for better agreement. Even reports regarding the relaxation of the Arab Boycott against Israel by Oman and other Gulf countries did not inspire the Yemeni government to follow suit. In a statement to Al Ahram, Basindwah said that his country was not ready to end the boycott of Israel before a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East became reality. During his visit to Cairo in AugustBasindwah said: These relations were baptized by blood when the Egyptian people and Army helped Yemen during our revolution against the defunct imams' rule and British colonialism".
In an interview with an Egyptian newspaper, Saleh expressed his country's unqualified support for Egypt.
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In MarchSheikh Abd-al-Majid al-Zindani, member of the Yemeni Presidential Council warned against what he regarded as a foreign and Zionist scheme to partition Yemen into several stateless in order to make it easier to control its oil wealth and strategic location, especially in the strait of Bab el Mandab.
The Yemenis were convinced that Israel was involved in the conflict. In fact, it has been proved beyond any doubt that there was a direct Israeli involvement, we would have been very happy to announce this, for several reasons which I do not care to discuss here. But we know in advance, and we were told by the Eritreans before we had a dispute with them that they received a grant from Israel, in the form of four or six boats. This fact was known to us, and we mentioned it in the media. What we know are the statements by the Israeli health minister It is normal for Israel to sympathize with Eritrea.
Eritrea has official diplomatic relations with Israel. Do you expect it to support Yemen, which has not yet announced an end to the state of war with Israel?
Israel's Health Minister Efrayim Sne responded by saying that although Israel maintained good relations with Eritrea, it did not take part in the conflict.
The fears that Israel was determined to prevent Yemen from controlling Bab alMandab increased partially as a result of an intense Iranian propaganda campaign aimed at keeping the two countries hostile to each other.
Observers believe that the Eritrean move of occupying Greater Hanish was instigated by countries that do not want Yemen to dominate the Bab-el-Mandeb island and strengthen its regional position. After unification, and with the pooling of the resources of its north and south, Yemen attained a position that gave it the power to compete with regional powers Israel has always had its eye on the Red Sea so that the countries that have no problems with Israel might attain predominance in the region.
Hence Tel Aviv is not very pleased about Yemen holding sway over the region — Iranian source While waging a verbal campaign against Israel, Yemen continued to collaborate closely with Iran and Iraq. According to the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat19 Iraqi pilots were being trained in Yemen in the fall of According to Iran's Minister of the InteriorAli Mohammad Besharatithe promotion of his country's relations with Yemen was a pivotal feature of Iranian diplomacy.
Arafat was among the dignitaries invited.
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In an interview to Al-AhramSaleh said that he conferred with Egyptian President's Hosni Mubarakand told him that it was beyond his comprehension how the Arabs continuously engaged in negotiations with Israel while they remained at odds with each other. Yet despite the official Yemeni statements Israel, low profile contacts between the two countries continued to take place.
Yemen sent a representative to attend former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's funeraland although they were critical of the slow pace of the peace process, Yemeni officials were encouraged by the Israel-Palestinian dialogue. The Yemeni government did not give publicity to their visit.
Beginning inthe Yemeni government along with the Saudis sought to destroy a militia of Zaydis, a sect within the Shiite branch of Islam, in the northern part of the country that had coalesced around the charismatic leadership of a onetime politician and religious leader, Hussein al-Houthi. His message emphasized Zaydi empowerment and the destruction of corrupt, autocratic governments.
Just over two years later, the Houthis marched on Sanaa, and for a while they controlled the streets but allowed the government to function.
About five months later, they forced Hadi and the government to flee and started acquiring additional territory. The Saudis then intervened in this civil war. In the abstract, their argument for intervention had merit. They are now stuck. They can neither win nor withdraw. And in response to their brutal air campaign, the Houthis—with the help of Hezbollah and Iran—regularly launch missiles at Saudi cities.
The war between the Houthis and the Saudis is not the only fight going on in Yemen. The Emiratis—who benefited from fighting alongside the United States in Afghanistan and in other counterterrorism operations—have a far more effective military than the Saudis, but cannot field as many planes, helicopters, soldiers, and officers. In one of those gobsmacking twists that tend to emerge in complicated battlefields with multiple actors harboring a variety of political goals, the Emiratis, Americans, and Houthis actually share an enemy in al Qaeda, but given Houthi ties to Iran and Hezbollah, forging an anti-AQAP coalition in Yemen seems out of the question.
It is unclear to what extent any of the protagonists in this lurid nightmare can achieve their goals, but the advantage currently lies with the Houthi-Hezbollah-Iran axis.
All of this amounts to a win for the Houthis and their friends, Hezbollah and Iran. Yemen became eligible to reapply in November and had its eligibility reinstated in Februarynearly six months after it held what some observers described as a relatively successful presidential election.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11,the Yemeni government became more forthcoming in its cooperation with the U. President Saleh reportedly has allowed small groups of U. According to press articles quoting U.
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According to the U. Current law as applied to counterterrorism was weak. Article 44 of the constitution states that a Yemeni national may not be extradited to a foreign authority. Before his incarceration, Elbaneh was free in Sana'a despite his conviction for his involvement in the attack French tanker Limburg and other attacks against Yemeni oil installations. S Security Assistance Funding. Among this group, four men have been charged; two have been convicted in military commissions and two are charged with war crimes for participation in the September 11,terrorist attacks.
According to one report, "The remaining 97 are an eclectic group of intentional unrepentant combatants and accidental warriors Yet separating the detainees into two groups and determining where different individuals fall on a spectrum of past and potential violence is a nearly impossible task.