The Saudi regime in its aggression on Yemen since five months ago has proved that it follows the same war patterns and conducts that the Israeli regime has been adopting in its assaults against Gaza within the course of past decade, particularly 51-day war in 2014 on Gaza strip that since 2007 is suffering from an all-out besiege by the regime.
Doing a comparative study on Yemen and Gaza wars, one can find similarities between Saudi and Israeli regimes’ measures regarding types of their military operations as well as their focus on military targets.
A side from these, Saudi Arabia and Israeli regime share a set of behaviors in international arena as they move ahead with their assaults. Forming international coalition, targeting the regional Resistance Axis represented by Iran as well as drawing support and collaboration of world’s organizations and powers are the cases the Saudi and Israeli regimes have in common as they launched their war campaigns in Gaza and Yemen. Moreover, dismissing the international norms beside imposing economic blockades and military siege, and implementing the media power to launch a psychological warfare are also on the aggressive countries’ agenda to fulfill their objectives.
Building coalitions for war
Making efforts to gain supports of allied countries within a coalition in order to avoid individual moves to press ahead for their war objectives is among shared factors implemented by Riyadh and Tel Aviv. The Israeli regime in its assault on Gaza relied on a historical and firmly established alliance with the US, as it enjoyed a full-scale supply of Washington’s political, military, and financial support. Likewise, getting the US green light, the Saudi regime has struggled to build a coalition containing a wide-range presence of the regional players.
The Israeli army in its last three offensives against the small Gaza Strip has been in total coordination with the US. The same accordance is seen in current Saudi war against Yemen. Almost all of the countries which stood by the Israeli regime in its 2014 aggression on Gaza, dubbed 51-day war, have also supported Saudi in Yemen war. Countries including the US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy in the Western side, and the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Morocco in the Arab bloc, as well as UNSC in international level reacted favorably, advocating the Saudi assault into Yemen.
Saudi regime has managed to mobilize a considerable number of the regional players, as fighter jets of five members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and other countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Sudan have taken part in airstrikes in Yemen. Somalia also authorized the Saudi-led coalition use of its military bases to launch more attacks. Pakistan was asked to participate in the operations, however, it turned down the call for involvement, preferring to stay out of the offensive and stand neutral. The Arab League has expressed support for the assault, and its members in their annual summit in Egypt’s Sharma al-Sheikh have asked for establishing a joint Arab military force.
Targeting the Resistance Axis spearheaded by Iran
Another commonality bringing the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia together in two wars of Yemen and Gaza is the fact that they both have one point of focus and it is targeting the spectrum of resistance countries in the region, specifically Iran. Also, they exchanged a mutual backup for the ultimate aim of weakening the Resistance Axis. Considering Iran and the resistant movements’ members, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza, as most principal threats to its security, Tel Aviv regime has frequently announced that the aim of its bloody and atrocious attacks against Gaza and Lebanon is to protect its people.
Similarly, the Saudi-led coalition has accused Iran of backing Ansarullah movement in Yemen financially and militarily. Brigadier-General Ahmad al-Asiri, the spokesman for the Arab coalition has warned Iran’s IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) and Hezbollah forces over presence in the Yemen’s Ansarullah resistant movement’s training camps or the conflict areas. Fundamentally, the strategic aim of Saudi offensive against Yemen is blocking Iranian increasing influence in Yemen as well as in West Asia reign, an objective frequently highlighted by Saudi officials.
Interestingly, there are claims suggesting that in both Gaza and Yemen wars the Saudi and Israeli regimes have agreed on backing each other in. Notwithstanding silence of Riyadh in Gaza war, the reports insist that Saudi Arabia offered Tel Aviv some helps. A Saudi media activist on his Tweeter page has claimed that Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s officials besides undertaking the Israel’s Gaza ground assault’s costs, pledged to the Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, that if the regime could have successfully completed the ground offensive in Gaza, that is eliminating the Hamas movement, they would have open the Israeli embassies in their countries. Additionally, David Hearst, an Editor of Middle East Eye website, in a note on Huffington Post wrote that Israeli aggression on Gaza followed a green light of the international powers headed by the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, adding that Egypt and Saudi Arabia supported the assault to inflict a heavy loss on Hamas movement in Gaza, and press it for acceptation of the ceasefire terms as well as the so-called Arab Peace Plan, an attempt faced failure so far due to insisting the Gaza’s resistant groups on confronting the Israeli regime.
Regarding the war in Yemen, some media and Yemeni sources have issued reports indicating that the Israeli regime offered help to Saudi Arabia, a claim faced with Israeli silence, however, as the time went on, Western media reported that Tel Aviv has supplied Riyadh with weapons, as other news suggest that Israeli military forces are present in the offensive.
The two countries have already begun an intelligence cooperation, the mutual focus of which is hostility against Iran. The Israeli media have reported of unprecedented negotiations held between Tel Aviv and Riyadh against Iran which included Saudi permission to Israeli regime’s Air Force to use the kingdom’s air space for carrying out possible attacks against Iran.
Veterans Today news website in an analysis said that the images of a wreckage belonging to an F-16 jet shot down by Yemeni forces show that the aircraft has been a B-16 , a type not delivered to any of Arab countries’ air forces, and in the region only the Israeli regime has purchased it.