UAE-backed STC in Yemen 'secret friends' with Israel

According to an article in Israel Today, the UAE-backed Yemeni separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) are "secret friends" with Israel and that a new state in the Middle East had been declared behind closed doors, referring to the STC-held territory which includes the interim capital of Aden and more recently the seizure of the Socotra island from the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. The piece, which suggests the Port of Aden "casts a friendly eye on the Jewish state", cites a recent press conference held by the STC which expressed a positive attitude towards Israel, although the issue of diplomatic relations are yet to be discussed. Hani Bin Briek, the vice-chairman of the STC, tweeted that "relations between Israel and Qatar are very good" and … Continue reading UAE-backed STC in Yemen 'secret friends' with Israel