Yemen’s President Says Unrest Serves Zionists


By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen – Yemen’s embattled president on Tuesday accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigating the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum for his ouster.

Hundreds of thousands rallied in cities across Yemen against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the largest of the protests of the past month, including one addressed by an influential firebrand cleric, a former ally of Saleh, whom the U.S. has linked to al-Qaida.

“Go on until you achieve your demands,” Sheik Abdul-Majid al-Zindani told tens of thousands of demonstrators in the capital of Sanaa. A former U.S. ambassador to Yemen called al-Zindani’s decision to turn against President Ali Abdullah Saleh a major setback for the president.

Some warned that the current political turmoil and possible collapse of Saleh’s regime could give a further opening to Yemen’s offshoot of the global terror network, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

James Jones, former White House National Security Advisor, warned a Washington conference that Yemen’s crisis “could deepen the current vacuum of power in Yemen on which al Qaida has thrived.”

The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, believed to have been involved in the attempted 2009 bombing of an American airliner, is seen as particularly active and threatening to the U.S.

Saleh has been a weak but important U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida, accepting tens of millions of dollars in U.S. military and other aid and allowing American drone strikes on al-Qaida targets.

Garry Reid, deputy assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, told the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, that the Saleh government was “the best partner we’re going to have … and hopefully it will survive because I certainly would have to start over again in what we’ve tried to build.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Yemen in January and urged Saleh to do more.

However, on Tuesday, Saleh seemed to be turning on Washington. In a speech to about 500 students and lecturers at Sanaa University, he claimed the U.S., along with Israel, is behind the protest movement.

“I am going to reveal a secret,” he said. “There is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel Aviv and run by the White House.”

Saleh also alleged that opposition figures meet regularly with the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa. “Regrettably those (opposition figures) are sitting day and night with the American ambassador where they hand him reports and he gives them instructions,” Saleh said.

The Obama administration rejected these claims. White House spokesman Jay Carney called on Saleh to focus on implementing the political reforms demanded by his people instead of “scapegoating.”

Saleh’s relationship with the U.S. has been ambivalent, and he has at times attempted to play down his military alliance with Washington. Anti-U.S. sentiment remains strong in Yemen, as elsewhere in the region, and Saleh’s comments appeared to be an attempt to discredit the protesters by suggesting they are serving foreign interests.

“Part of this is putting blame on others, part of it is trying to manage the situation,” said Christopher Boucek, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a U.S. think tank. “He (Saleh) does not want to feed into grievances that gave rise to the opposition against him, such as being too close to the U.S.”

Thomas Krajeski, senior vice president of the U.S. National Defense University and former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, gave the Saleh regime a 50-50 chance of surviving the current crisis and he said it’s not clear who is likely to succeed him. “We just don’t know what comes next,” Krajeski told a conference at Washington’s Bipartisan Policy Center.

But Krajeski predicted that Yemen’s tribes would quickly step in to establish a new government rather than let the country become what he called “an ungoverned mess,” like Somalia.

Jonathan Ruhe, a policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center, said: “It’s kind of hard to imagine a post-Saleh world. If he should fall, the future is wide open.”

In another attempt to silence critics, Saleh fired five of the country’s 22 provincial governors Tuesday, including three who had spoken out against the government’s at times violent crackdown on demonstrators.

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5 Responses

  1. mrsnotarobot says:

    The US & Israel are the bullies of the world, they are manipulated by the elite. They want us to fight, they want us to believe we are fighting for democracy, they are pulling all the strings.The unrest in the middle east is all orchestrated so they can gain even more control of the oil.The British , US, Israel & all the western governments are involved.This is called population control as are all wars and wars make them more money.They have blood on their hands , they have destroyed Iraq, they will go after Iran, and they will find some excuse to do this. They DIVIDE & CONQUER, turn us all against one another by using our faiths be it Muslim or Christian or Hindu they don’t care , they want us to hate one another.They control almost all the media that feeds us propaganda. They indoctrinate our children so they do not ask questions, they try to pre-occupy us with the ‘celebrity’ culture. They poison us from the skies with chemtrails, they kill us and mame us with their vaccines in the name of ‘good health’ But remember people there are more of us than them, we must all stand together united in all faiths, they are the enemy, the hatred they breed just feeds their ego’s controlled by the MoneyMen, not one of them in any government has the BACKBONE to stand up for the rights of the people..SHAME on you all

  2. Usman says:

    My friends its not only Egypt / Tunise / yemen but if you see by enlarge its all of the Middle East that will have to go through this turmoil. Can you see whats going on for the last 4-5 decades , the leaders sitting in these countries are ruling oppressors and working with the Foreign forces which need them no more and want them to leave and now these puppets are crying out loud that its USA and Isreal behind it .Could’nt they see in the past 4-5 decades , the Masters that put them to power were the same people who want them out now?
    We the HUMAN beings have been decived by the Devil.
    I think that the unrest in the Middle East is the last nail in the coffin of humanity before the Antichrist is gonna come and rule the world from Jerusulem.
    They (Zions so called Jews) will take over the suez canal with the help of US force , wage war on Lybia , create unrest like civil war in Saudia Arabia and then Isreal will Wage a big war on all the middle East just saying that this is an peramptive strike to save our self from the redical Musilims around us and seize the oil of the world.
    As the world revolves around Oil not the US dollar , the currenies of the whole world which is a fraudlent one will collapse and a new most dangerous world power will emerge from Isreal and rule the world with greatest oppression ever seen by the whole humanity.
    United states will no longer be the world power and now the Al Aqsa Mosque will be destroyed and instead a Temple for the Antichrist will be buit and Isreal will incerase its treatory (As in Bible) From Babylon i,e. Iraq to the river Euphraties ,i.e, the Egypt.
    Pls open up ur eyes.

  3. refuse2lose says:

    Of course he blames Israel…. the United States must not have been available.

  4. Abaddon says:

    There is more than the Yemen involved here, it is the whole Arab world, mainly muslim i might add. This is a concerted move by those in power to further their global control, call them Zionists if you will, but it serves the interest of many groups outside of that Arab, Muslim world. Like sheep they are being herded into a political minefield of confusion, making it easier for those “Zionists” to manipulate all that is Arabic.

  5. JURMBenISman says:

    Non abbiate paura usciamo dai demiurghi e dagli dei, essi sono i demoni delle realtà virtuali dei sistemi schiavitù cucitici addosso, scrolliamoci dai loro avvinghianti e schiavizzanti sistemi.

    Noi Figli di DIO, si faccia Ritorno al nostro Unico Vero Creatore L’IDDIOUNO, dove il collegamento diretto con il nostro Vero Creatore non ci abbandonerà mai e ci riempirà di Felicità di Amore e ci donerà Protezione Totale.

    Dopo essere ri-approdati alla casa del Padre Nostro prendiamo coscienza di esserci liberati dalle paure che ci erano state indotte dagli schiavizzanti oppressori, vengano essi respinti eternamente nello sprofondo del mare dei cieli.

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