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Historical document reveals possible collusion with Israeli occupation pre-Six Day War

Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975 [Knudsen, Robert L./Wikipedia]

A historical letter sent from the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to the then US President, Lyndon B Johnson, in 1966 reveals the monarch’s possible collusion with the US over Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula. Published by Al Motamar net news website, it has been described as “dangerous” by former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has long promised to reveal the contents of the document.

“King Faisal’s letter to US President Lyndon Johnson said that the Egyptian forces would not withdraw from Yemen unless Israel moved to occupy Gaza, Sinai and the West Bank,” explained Saleh. The Head of the General People’s Congress urged the current Yemeni president and the rest of the Arab countries participating in the Saudi-led coalition, especially Egypt, to withdraw immediately from the alliance fighting in Yemen. “The events in Saudi Arabia, the blockade on Qatar, and the Sudanese President’s visit to Russia are all a part of the changing equations [in the Middle East],” he claimed.

According to Saleh, the letter mentions what King Faisal described as Egypt’s dangerous role in Yemen and the region in general through its support of the rebels and provoking the people’s emotions against “us all” — the US and Saudi Arabia — as well as Egypt’s ongoing and historical efforts to overthrow “our governments”. Faisal also called Egypt “the greatest enemy” of Saudi Arabia and the US.

In his letter, the then Saudi monarch stressed the need for the US to support Israel to carry out a swift operation against Egypt by which it would control vital areas in the country — the Sinai Peninsula — not only forcing the government in Cairo to withdraw its forces from Yemen, but also to distract Egypt with Israel for as long as possible. King Faisal also suggested that the Gaza Strip under Egyptian control should be seized immediately, and believed that it was important to take control of the West Bank from Jordan in order for the Palestinians to lose hope of having control of any land administered by an Arab government.

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  • kaza968

    Oh Egypt.. all your life you have claimed time and again that you are not African but Arab… and have been a relentless
    cancer to black Africa (i.e. Egypt gave Muslim Eritreans scholarship in early 60’s and once they got to Cairo, they were
    told to start a gorilla war against Ethiopia with the support of Egypt for independence of Eritrea – not to help
    Eritreans/Africans but to weaken Ethiopia because of the Nile river – that move took hundreds of thousands people
    lives – and there is still no peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea to date) – now we learnt that even the Arabs think
    that Egypt are nothing but a cancer too and would even conspire against it with Israel. The icing on the cake is that
    there’s a news today about Israel seeking to join African Union.. you reap what you sow Egypt! Got my popcorn, carry on.

    • king Faisal also suggested that the Gaza Strip under Egyptian control should be seized immediately, and believed that it was important to take control of the West Bank from Jordan in order for the Palestinians to lose hope of having control of any land administered by an Arab government.

  • So even then the Saudi government was quietly siding against the Palestinians?

  • charles soltau

    The document is a fake. How did Saleh get this and no one else has it? Egypt, Jordan and Syria were massing their armies on the boarders of Israel as well as Nasser’s radio broadcast boasting how they were preparing to crush Israel. Israel went on the offensive and rest is history. I saw Israel at the UN beg the Arabs to make peace, Saudi was the strongest opponent against any agreement with Israel. If the Arabs had succeeded in 1948 there would be no Palestinians, they would have divided it between themselves. Will we allow this to continue for another 70 years? If you do something the same way over and over but it fails every time, do you believe doing it again will succeed. We have now changed the formula. Now add a deadline and if they haven’t agreed by then what is agreed is it and the points not agreed will go to the world court and their ruling is binding by both. This will not take 70 years.