Khatami calls for trial of criminal Saudi government

Ayatollah Khatami has labelled Saudi Arabia a criminal state that needs to be tried

Iran hardline cleric calls for trial of ‘criminal’ Saudi government

Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami

Iranian cleric Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami delivers a sermon during Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, May 26, 2017. REUTERS

April 06, 2018 – Iranian hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has labelled Saudi Arabia a “criminal” state that needs to be tried before a “competent Islamic court”.

Khatami said Saudi Arabia was responsible for the establishment of “all takfiri [Sunni extremist] terrorist groups”, blaming the kingdom for the crisis in Yemen.

The imam’s remarks, made during his Friday prayer sermons in Tehran, were broadcast from state-run Radio Tehran on 6 April.

He said Saudi Arabia was “a partner to all the killings committed by the Zionist regime”. Khatami also accused Riyadh of meddling in the internal affairs of other regional countries, particularly Iraq.

Khatami said Saudis have held secret talks with senior Syrian officials recently in an attempt to persuade them to stop supporting Iran and Hezbollah. In return, he said, Riyadh has promised to give up takfiris as well as rewarding Syrians with millions of dollars to reconstruct their country.

Saudi recognition of Israel

Khatami also commented on a recent statement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding Israel’s right to a homeland alongside the Palestinians and said: “These days much nonsense is heard from this ignorant Saudi youngster.”

He said that Saudi Arabia’s formal recognition of the existence of Israel was a “disgrace” for the Arab country.

“They now publicly announce what they have been doing secretly over the past several decades,” the hardline cleric said, accusing Saudis of frequently encouraging and financially supporting Israel in attacking Gaza and Lebanon.

Tehran’s interim Friday prayer leader then likened Saudi Arabia to a “fly” for which the sky was too high to manoeuvre. Khatami said he hoped that Saudi Arabia and Israel will collapse as a result of what he described as their “internal conflicts”.
Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran – local radio service, Tehran, in Persian 0815 gmt. April 06, 2018
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Iran: Saudi Arabia Pursuing Tragic Policies in Region

Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami

Iranian senior cleric Ahmad Khatami delivers his sermon for Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

April 06, 2018 – “The recent policies adopted by Saudi Arabia are sadly tragic,” Qassemi said on Friday in reaction to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s allegations in an interview with the London-based Times newspaper.

“The ambitions of Saudi Crown Prince has no limitation and is turning out to be a chronic disease,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.

He reiterated that due to the war inside the House of Saud, bin Salman is making ridiculous and shameful remarks to gain the support of the US and Israel and is paying billions of dollars from people’s properties.

“The neophyte prince has closed his eyes on the historic realities and the crimes of the child-killer and occupier Zionist regime for seven decades,” Qassemi said, adding that bin Salman in a blatant treason against Palestinians’ aspirations has recognized the illegitimate regime of Israel.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said that the Saudi crown prince’s remarks indicate the fact that he had not studied either history or geography and does not know even the aspiration of Saudi people and freedom seekers in the world.

“Saudi Prince does not understand the oppression against Palestinians and does not differentiate friend and enemy,” Qassemi said.

Bin Salman has recently recognized the Zionist regime and has declared common interests for Saudi Arabia and Israel and described Iran as an enemy of Riyadh and Tel Aviv rulers.
Source: FARS News Agency, April 06, 2018
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Israel, Saudi Arabia have common enemy, areas of cooperation: Bin Salman

April 05, 2018 – In an interview with the TIME magazine published on Thursday, the first in line to the Saudi throne spoke of the prospect of Riyadh-Tel Aviv relations, describing the regime’s conflict with the Palestinians as the only obstacle to the normalization of ties with Israel.

We have a common enemy, and it seems that we have a lot of potential areas to have economic cooperation,” the crown prince said.

The remarks come days after bin Salman, in an interview with the Atlantic, attempted to put Israeli and Palestinian land claims on an equal footing in a dramatic shift in Riyadh’s long-held position on Palestine, saying Israelis, like Palestinians, have the right” to have their own homeland.”

That interview stirred so much controversy among the defenders of the Palestinian cause that apparently forced the prince’s father, Saudi King Salman, to reaffirm support for the Palestinians and their legitimate rights” to an independent state in a phone call with US President Donald Trump.

Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, repeated the same stance in his remarks to Time and said both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live and coexist.”

Saudi Arabia has been the main sponsor of the Arab Peace Initiative, which envisions a so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, prior to bin Salman, no senior Saudi official had publicly accepted that Israel has a right to any land.

We cannot have relations with Israel before solving the peace issue with the Palestinians,” but when it happens, of course next day we’ll have good and normal relations with Israel and it will be in the best for everyone,” he stated.

Saudi Arabia does not officially recognize Israel and has no formal ties with the regime. However, the two sides have been widely reported to have cooperated secretly for years.

The warming of Riyadh-Tel Aviv relations has gathered pace since June 2017, when bin Salman became the crown prince.

In recent months, the kingdom has been gradually softening its public posture toward Israel in what analysts describe as an attempt by Riyadh to prepare public opinion at home and elsewhere for potential normal relations with Israel.

Recent reports also suggest that Saudi Arabia has taken up an active role to in US attempts to scramble a peace” deal between the Israelis and Palestinians to get rid of the decades-long conflict, which Riyadh views as a stumbling block to overt relations with Tel Aviv.

Last November, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily published a secret undated letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to bin Salman, in which he outlined a roadmap for normalizing ties with Israel with the ultimate goal of uniting against Iran, their common enemy.

Under that roadmap, Saudi Arabia and Israel would first try to resolve the Palestine issue, with Riyadh making huge pro-Israel concessions on the issues of Palestinian refugees and the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Afterwards, they would pursue their common goals” regarding Iran.

Last November, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Riyadh for closed-door talks with bin Salman about Trump’s Middle East plans, which are yet to be unveiled.

The New York Times cited Palestinian, Arab and European officials as saying a month later that bin Salman presented a plan that would be more tilted toward the Israelis than any ever embraced by the American government, one that presumably no Palestinian leader could ever accept.”

The Palestinians would get a state of their own but only noncontiguous parts of the West Bank and only limited sovereignty over their own territory. The vast majority of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which most of the world considers illegal, would remain. The Palestinians would not be given East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as their capital and there would be no right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants,” the report said.

Bin Salman’s latest interview comes towards the end of its three-week tour of the United States, where he met with leaders of a number of pro-Israeli lobbying groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The Israeli military’s chief of staff, Gadi Eizenkot, recently said the regime was ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia on Iran.

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has indicated that Israel has had secret contacts with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries over their mutual concerns about Iran.
Source: Iran Daily, April 05, 2018
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