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A Secret Meeting occurred between Israel, Saudi Arabia, U.S. on Iran
Here’s the news story. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled overnight by a civilian jet to Saudi Arabia reportedly for a secret meeting with the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials.” At the meeting also were Israeli spy chief and head of Mossad, Yossi Cohen, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting reportedly discussed the threat from Iran and lasted only two hours.
That is what we know. Now, what could prompt such a meeting? Two hours is not long enough for any kind of negotiations. This was not about peace in the Middle East. The secrecy of the meeting and its urgency suggest that some new information about Iran was divulged at the meeting. Crown Prince MBS is virtually the head of State, as his father, King Salman, has given him broad authority in the Kingdom. Pompeo represents the U.S. head of State, President Trump. And then Netanyahu is the Israeli head of State. Only one additional person was at that meeting: Cohen, head of Mossad.
Israel’s spy work against Iran is legendary. They discovered the underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordo. They are alleged to have been involved in a bombing of the uranium facility at Natanz. If Cohen is at that meeting, it is not for him to be informed by others about Iran, but for him to do the informing. My theory is that Cohen disclosed to Pompeo and MBS that Mossad has now confirmed Iran has nuclear weapons. That is the only information that could prompt such a short and urgent meeting between Israel, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia. I expect Pompeo to meet with Trump, and possibly later Biden, to disclose the news.
This was “the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials.” Such a secret meeting, on Sunday night, at the seaside resort town of Neom, is unprecedented. This is something big. And the secrecy means it is not something good, such as a breakthrough in relations between nations in the region. The only known subject of the meeting was the threat from Iran.
In May of 2019, Iran began a months’ long sudden increase in aggressive behavior, which was only stopped when the pandemic began. My proposal at the time was that Iran’s behavior changed because they obtained nuclear weapons. This change in power prompted a change in behavior. And now, a year and a half later, it looks like Israel, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia know that Iran has multiple working nuclear bombs.
What else could the meeting have been about? Perhaps a military strike on Iran is imminent. But a strike would need a reason, and the reason would need to be very substantial. Which leads back to the proposition that Iran has nuclear weapons. Nothing else would prompt consideration of a strike. Two days earlier, on Nov. 21st, a crew in B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force base was sent to the Middle East. It was a practice run. Story here.
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia does not meet with the head of Israel and their spy chief in secret for any reason other than something earth-shattering. It’s unprecedented. And for these two figures in Israel, who are, let’s just say, strongly disliked by many Muslims, to meet with MBS on Saudi soil would require a reason of the utmost urgency, a serious threat to the Kingdom itself. That threat is a nuclear Iran.
UPDATE: now Saudi officials are denying that Netanyahu and Cohen were present at the meeting. Why the cover up? So that the world will not know the reason for the meeting. This only further supports the idea that they met to be informed Iran has nukes.
UPDATE 2: News report states that Iran’s top nuclear scientist has been assassinated. My take is that this is the first in a series of attacks on Iran, discussed in the secret meeting (see above). What prompted these attacks? Perhaps the confirmation by Mossad that Iran has nukes. Also, that Trump has only weeks left in office, before Biden takes over and changes U.S. stance.
The USS Nimitz has returned to the Persian Gulf just after Iran made threats against the West: Story Here
UPDATE 3: More Reported Attacks on Iranian officials A Revolutionary Guard Commander and a high level intelligence official were killed in separate attacks, one in Iran and another at the Iraq/Syria border.
The U.S. and Israel would not be undertaking these attacks unless they had a very serious reason. And, no, it is not that Trump wants to force Biden’s hand when he takes office. Israel and Saudi Arabia would not be meeting secretly on Saudi soil for such a political purpose. The only explanation that explains everything fully is that Iran either has nukes or is very close.
UPDATE 4: U.S. orders troops out of Somalia by early 2021. That suggests to me a U.S. strike on Iran of major proportions in January, prior to Trump leaving office. I wonder if Biden will continue that operation. Probably not. There are lots of smart Democrats. Biden isn’t one of them.
UPDATE 5 on 12/5/2020: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have transferred power to his son amid concerns over his declining health”. Please recall my prediction that Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, will become Supreme Leader at the same time that he is President of Iran.
UPDATE 6 on 12/13/20: Iran Warns U.S. a “Crushing and Fiery Response” Awaits B-52 Overflights.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
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