Former Israeli FM Reveals Details of Hadi’s Multiple Visits to Tel Aviv
Haaretz journalist Amos Harel published on his personal website the details of his interview with Israel Katz, the former Israeli foreign minister. According to Harel, Israel, Katz revealed secret and important information about Israel’s policies in the Red Sea and its role in Yemen’s war, including the close relations between Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Israeli Mossad and his many visits to Tel Aviv
In response to an Israeli journalist’s question about the war in Yemen, Katz said: “We do not have reliable allies in Yemen. The current president of Yemen, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has close relations with us, but he is not able to lead the war against the Houthis. When the war in Yemen began, the Yemeni president visited Tel Aviv with the help of Jordan and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. During this visit, we reached an understanding, but the problem is that Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi is not a brave and strong leader, so if you give him an army that is victorious, he will undoubtedly be defeated. However, we cannot close our eyes that Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have a suitable alternative to the current Yemeni president, and therefore providing support for him will remain on our agenda.
For example, the battle of Hodeida was the result of the second visit of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Tel Aviv, during this battle, we were able to coordinate well between Saudi Arabia, UAE and the current Yemeni president, and this battle did not bring us the desired results. However, this does not harm Israel’s hegemony in the Red Sea; the war in Yemen is in fact UAE and Saudi war on Yemen before it was a regional war. Houthis can easily crawl into the depth of Saudi Arabia, and this is a source of concern for the authorities in Saudi Arabia.”
The former Israeli foreign minister declared during this interview that: the only source of concern for Israel in the Red Sea is the strengthening of Houthis in the region. This also results from the incompetence of the Saudi government, especially Mohammed bin Salman. What we see of Riyadh’s steadfastness against Houthis was achieved as a result of the Israeli army’s operational support for Riyadh. This is what all military leaders are aware of, Mohammed bin Salman has announced many times his willingness to withdraw from Yemen.