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Saeb Shaath: The United States is playing the “tribal game” in Yemen to bring turmoil to the country where tribalism is prevalent, an analyst tells Press TV.

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Saeb Shaath: The United States is playing the “tribal game” in Yemen to bring turmoil to the country where tribalism is prevalent, an analyst tells Press TV.

The comment comes as UK-trained army Field Marshal Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi won the recent single-vote presidential election and was sworn in following the election in Yemen on February 21, which pundits described as a mockery of democracy. The sham poll was likewise strongly supported by Washington and Riyadh.

The new Yemeni president will lead the country for a two-year-long interim period as stipulated by the so-called power transition deal, brokered by the Arab grouping of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in November.

Many viewed the election as a referendum on Hadi’s appointment. Opposition groups had boycotted the polls over concerns that it would not bring an end to the rule of Saleh’s regime.

Press TV has conducted an interview with author and Middle East expert Saeb Shaath, to share his opinion on this issue. He was joined by Lizzie Phelan a freelance Journalist, Abayomi Azikiwe a political commentator and Abdullah abdul Rahman from the Yemeni political party Hizb at-Tahrir.

SALEH,  has transfered his powers to vicepresident HADI

SALEH, has transfered his powers to vicepresident HADI

The following is a transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Saeb Shaath, the voters, the Yemenis, they came out and voted for Hadi, they want him to overthrow corruption, they want him to get rid of dictatorship and of course the family regime.

How could Hadi do that when Saleh has used his decades in office to put relatives, sons, son-in-laws, confidantes and fellow tribesmen in key places in the government and security apparatus?

Shaath: Exactly, that’s why there is two views about this election in Yemen, the first view is that, the people were seeing the symbolism of holding elections for the first time without Saleh on the ballot that’s for them was a victory but the other point view condemned that election the fact is the only president candidate was the vice president for 18 years for Saleh.

Hadi won an amazing 99.8 percent of the vote according to the supreme commission of elections and referendum. I believe myself, from watching the demonstration of tens of thousands marching near Saleh’s home, calling for his prosecution and demanding him to leave the country.

The demonstrators were concerned of his presence, and believe it going to shadow the new president.  But what actually changed in Yemen, Ex-President Saleh’s family is in control of the military and security forces. The country’s new leader was previously under Saleh for 18 years as vice president.

Hadi’s replacement of Ali Abdullah Saleh I can see it as an enforcement to the regime, so the regime’s dictatorship to continue providing services to the USA plans in Yemen and the region .The new government of Yemen will face so many complex internal factors and problematic   issues, 3 to 4 of these issues at play right now, are going to break up the country .

One of them, the ex-president Saleh himself and members of his family are in charge of the country’s security forces and of the military.  the spokesman of the General People’s Congress party, Tareq Shami said today that Ali is intending to play a major political role in the future of Yemen , as well,  one of his aids called Abdu Ganadi said  Saleh has the option to continue  his involvement in politics  and his political life is guaranteed by the power transfer deal.

As we said by the US and Saudis continuous interference in Yemen’s internal affairs they are turning the country into the next Somalia. The US Counter-terrorism policy and the drones’ attacks on Yemen, which attacking and killing the very impoverish villagers of Yemen, is their way of beefing up Al Qaida with recruits.  The recruits can be used by Al Qaida in Iraq, in Libya and in Syria right now.

Al-Qaida as well is in control of significant parts of Yemen and it is waging bombing campaigns in the country right now. So we have al-Qaida, we have the Southern movement as well we have the Husi movement and the tribal conflict.

All that is a formula, for the breaking of Yemen up into many different conflicting failing states. So we are talking about a future split, dividing Yemen into four states that defiantly will bring security threats to the international community, in a similar way to the Somali security concerns we have.

Press TV: Saeb Shaath, let’s look at what the new president has in store and what’s going to give him this window if there is any? We have Mr. Hadi, he is in power, pledging to work closely with the US; we also have the announcement by the US to resume security aid, including military aid that was suspended last year.

Now isn’t there a danger then that if Hadi doesn’t pull things together, that this would be used against the Yemenis and things would be just like the way they were under the US-backed Saleh?

Shaath: Yes, let me bring the point from where you mentioned the United States of America is going to pay directly the army and its commanders.

That’s because they were guaranteed loyalty by Saleh, who milked them like he was milking a cow and used the United States of America’s money to buy loyalty in the army and the tribes. Currently the army is under command of Salah’s family, most of the effective unites of the military retained a considerable degree of autonomy and loyal to Saleh personally not the country.

So the United States of America by this move is trying to play the tribal game, to buy individuals, commanders in the army to be loyal to the United States of America entirely, that is going to bring chaos in the country as I mentioned; because the system in Yemen is a tribal system and you can see there is a lot of different interests with different conflicting tribes.

As well the Southern people of Yemen, they’re not going to be happy about that since they abandon their official southern state which provided free education, free health all of similar social services to unite even by force with the( Northern Yemen) Northern  government , and then to see themselves are controlled by an army run by the United States of America for implementing its plans in the area which is directed against the Arab people and Iran.

I‘ll bring an example from 1967 during revolutionaries war in Yemen against the monarchists whom were supported by the British and the Americans and the Saudis; the Egyptian army at the time was involved in supporting the revolutionaries against the British colonialism.

The ‘Israelis’ managed to get involved in supporting the monarchists and drop weapons and soldiers to support the monarchists from a distance of 2000 kilometres away from Palestine, to destroy the Egyptian army in Yemen.  That caused  Egypt to lose of the 1967 war because the Egyptian military was so weakened in Yemen,  it couldn’t  prevent  the  direct ‘Israelis’ and the Americans attacks  on Egypt’s infrastructure and  airports .

So we can see here the important role of Yemen in the big picture. Hadi cannot do anything; I can see myself the country is going to be split into 4 parts in the future.

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UAE stabbed Palestine in back by normalising with Zionist entity ‘Israel’

Abbas :You cannot take our place…Palestine speaks in its own name. She is who will say ‘yes’ or ‘no’

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on Tuesday, the Palestinian leadership held a meeting in West bank city of Ramallah, which was also attended by representatives of different Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

Abbas condemned the UAE’s decision to normalise ties with Zionist entity”Israel”, saying it was a “stab in the back of the Palestinian people.”

Abbas accused the UAE of turning its back on Palestinians while trying to justify the deal with Zionist entity “Israel” by arguing it helped stop West bank annexations.

“They added the term annexation and attempted to give the others and the world the illusion that the UAE had come up with a great achievement for us and that is the rejection of annexation, as if the Palestinian issue is only about annexation while they disregard everything else: the rights of the Palestinian people, the Palestinian state, the two-state vision, holy Jerusalem [al-Quds]….This is deception, and this is totally unacceptable. We consider it a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause,” he emphasised.

Abbas also stressed that only the Palestinians have the right to speak on the Palestine issue. 

“You cannot can take our place…Palestine speaks in its own name. She is who will say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. You [are] not responsible for the Palestinian cause, we alone, the Palestinians here, will speak on behalf of the Palestinian cause,” he said.

Palestinians ‘united against conspiracy’

Additionally, Abbas hailed the presence of representative from different Palestinian factions at Tuesday’s meeting as a show of unity.

“I welcome our brothers in Hamas, Jihad, General Command and Al-Saiqa who are here today. This indicates that the Palestinian people are united against the conspiracy, regardless of the differences between us, but in adversity we stand together and have on position against anyone who wants to attack our cause,” he said.

Abbas reminded the Arab countries that based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative any normalisation with Zionist entity “Israel” should come after an agreement is reached between the Palestinians and Tel Aviv, and not the other way around.

“Some countries have begun moving, both openly and in secret…this is rejected, and we the Palestinians will continue to absolutely reject this, no matter which country does this. You must respect the decisions on which you have signed off,” he said.

On Tuesday, “Israeli” media cited Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman as announcing an “impending” normalisation agreement with Tel Aviv. Sudan’s acting foreign minister, however, denied knowledge of such talks with Zionist entity “Israel”.

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UAE’s normalisation of ties with Zionist entity ‘Israel’ is betrayal of Palestinian cause

Shaath, ”to start with there is no real sovereignty For Mohamed bin Zayed or these ‎Sheikhes over the UAE, its controlled by the Multinational companies, since the British ‎withdrawn from it in 1970, they kept these tribal leaders under tight control of the ‎Multinationals.‎

The Debate discuss with Dr. Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East Affairs Expert and Dr. Jalal Fairooz, FMR, Bahraini MP and Middle East Expert, the UAE’s normalisation of ties with the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ . The deal has drawn condemnation from different countries as it revealed betrayal of Palestinian cause. ‘Israel’ and the United Arab Emirates agree to normalise diplomatic ties in a deal apparently ‎brokered by US President Donald Trump that includes Tel Aviv regime’s agreement to suspend ‎annexation of the occupied West Bank.‎

Transcription of some of what Dr. Shaath said ‎
Shaath, ”to start with there is no real sovereignty For Mohamed bin Zayed or these ‎Sheikhes over the UAE, its controlled by the Multinational companies, since the British ‎withdrawn from it in 1970, they kept these tribal leaders under tight control of the ‎Multinationals.‎”


‎ Shaath added “At the end of the day, to me, they are still a colony. They have been used by the Americans [Emirates] in ‎the waves of attacks came against Iraq in the [American invasion ] 2003 as well as the American ‎used them, as your guest mentioned they are used by ‘Israel’ to spy on Iran, they have their ‎cooperation under the table, it became very hard to hide it, the official visits ‎of Israeli ministers, officials, sport teams and many other exchanges between the ‎Emirates and ‘Israel’, so they could not hide it any more.‎”


Shaath went to say, “the other crucial point During the 2014 Zionist criminal war on Gaza, the ‎UAE sent a team of 50 doctors from the UAE red cross. The Palestinian ‎resistance stated then that these 50 doctors are Zionists spies collecting ‎information on the Palestinian resistance positions, while they supposed to ‎be an assistant from UAE. Then they were deported out of the Gaza Strip at ‎that time.‎”
Shaath “Recently The United Emirates exchanging a lot of trade and were doing a lot of ‎security deals and wheeling with the Zionist entity sending its aeroplanes to ‎Bin Gorian Airport, that under the cover and camouflaging it as they were ‎providing medical support to the Palestinians to overcome the Corona ‎pandemic,”.

Shaath continued to say that ” while the Palestinians’ refused to receive that aid and told them ‎[UAE] that they are betraying us, when we told you we refuse to receive anything ‎that coming through the Zionist entity airports , this is a normalising of ‎relationship between the Emirates and the Zionist entity. Still, , they ‎continued to send their aeroplanes, all of that is to cover up what type of loads ‎that the Emirates is bring back to Abu Dhabi from Tel Aviv .‎

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Zionist entity ‘ Israel’ attacks Gaza Strip.

Shaath “Gaza’s 2-million population are living under a strict ‎siege, “

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The military of the Zionist entity ‘ Israel’ has launched aerial and ground attacks against targets across the besieged Gaza Strip for a second night in a row, while tightening their grip on the Gaza’s fishing activities and fuel imports.

Saeb Shaath talks to Press TV about the situation. “‎ Zionist entity ‘s warplanes bombed many areas across ‎the Gaza Strip, north and south Gaza strip, ‎ while artillery opened fire on a farming area beside al-‎Bureij refugee camp and on east of Rafah city.‎ The Zionists entity’s army just declared more Major ‎economic measures against the blockaded ‎population”.

Shaath said ”The Zionist occupation army just declared that it activated its ‘Laser Weapons Stations’ on the border of northern ‎Gaza to stop what called the incendiary balloons attacks ‎that are coming from Gaza” ‎.

Shaath added, ”fifteen years After the Palestinian resistance succeeded ‎in liberating the Gaza strip from the Zionist occupation ‎and its colonial settlers.‎ ‎ Following that the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ gradually ‎imposed a deadly blockade, in which they maintained ‎control of Gaza’s land borders, access to the sea and ‎airspace. ‎ Two million Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip, have ‎been subjected to a collective punishment through the ‎crippling Zionist blockade for over 12 years now while ‎Gaza’s inhabitants are exposed to repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the ‎Gaza’s infrastructure.” ‎

Shaath added “Gaza’s 2-million population are living under a strict ‎siege, which has destroyed the local economy, plunged ‎the Palestinians into unemployment and poverty, and cut ‎off the Gaza Strip from the rest of the occupied ‎Palestinian territories and the wider world.‎”

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