Having worked for a number of years in the heart of the government-controlled media in Jeddah, I know that such an interview could never have taken place without the go-ahead from the very highest levels of the Saudi regime.
revealed that Israel and Saudi Arabia — both champions of the war against Islamist terrorism — started working together to support Islamist rebels at the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, with the Saudis providing the arms and Israel ‘supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies.’ This ‘secret engagement’ in the common enemy’s civil war, the explained, was ‘aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.’ For both Saudi Arabia and Israel, the alternative would be the nightmare scenario of a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iran and its only Arab ally President Bashar al-Assad emerging triumphant, with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Hezbollah’s Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah grinning either side of him for the cameras.
Then again, Qatar first gave sanctuary, then granted citizenship, to the so-called spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yousef al-Qaradawi.
This is an individual so utterly deranged that even Britain’s emasculated political elite felt obliged to ban him from entering the country.
By promoting some voices while preventing others from being heard, the royal court is testing the Saudi public’s reaction to a possible future announcement that the enemy (Israel) of my enemy (Iran) is my friend (Wahhabi-Zionist alliance).
This new geopolitical reality was championed last month by Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel.