Two people are candidates for the position of Crown Prince .....

Two people are candidates for the position of Crown Prince .....
Two people are candidates for the position of Crown Prince .....
The American Wall Street Journal said that Kuwait will face pressure to normalize its relations with Israel by a number of Gulf countries and the United States, after the death of its Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The newspaper pointed out that Kuwait has for decades followed a neutral path in many intractable conflicts in the Middle East, but the death of Prince Sabah puts his successor, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in front of a dilemma related to normalization with Israel without achieving a state for the Palestinians or not?

The newspaper said: “Unlike its neighbors in the Gulf states, Kuwait must balance the pressures from the United States, which is the biggest guarantor of its security, the peaceful relations it maintains with its neighbor Iran, as well as the popular positions in favor of the Palestinian people fed by the local press and parliament, which are among the most powerful voices in the region. Region”.

Saudi-Emirati pressure

On Tuesday, the Kuwaiti parliament ratified the succession of Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the new Emir of Kuwait, and declared public mourning for a period of 40 days.

According to the newspaper, a prominent Kuwaiti prince expected that Saudi Arabia and the UAE would pressure Kuwait to follow their line in the issues of the region in which the late emir was neutral. But he said that the new emir was related to the major decisions made by the late emir, and he is not a caller to normalization with Israel. He said that Kuwait wants a neutral position and “we will not support or praise what is happening, but we will not criticize it either.”

The new Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, will immediately begin discussions to appoint officials to prominent positions in addition to appointing a new crown prince, a process that may take weeks or even months. The choice of a crown prince is of great importance, especially since the new prince is 83 years old and suffers from health problems. Among the leading candidates for the position is Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, the 72-year-old son of the late Emir. As well as former Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed (79 years).

WikiLeaks leaks

According to the WikiLeaks leaks in 2008, Sheikh Sabah assigned his son, who was director of the Amiri Diwan, to “maintain hidden and secret relations with an Israeli representative with dual nationality who was residing in an area in the Gulf.”

Secret relations between Arab countries and Israel were widespread, but in the recent period they developed into normalization relations. Sudan is considering normalization with Israel after Bahrain and the UAE, while Saudi Arabia is unlikely to take a step soon due to the tension between the king and his crown prince, but Riyadh may push other countries to normalize with Israel.

While the neighbors will try to push and prick Kuwait to see what it can do, Badr Al-Saif, a professor of history at Kuwait University, says: “We are a country that does not change in a night and victims” and “We do not work this way, there are procedures.” In view of the Kuwaiti public opinion standing against normalization, “no ruler will destroy himself by doing this.”

The prominent prince said that moving towards normalization means closing the door to public debate, and this is not practical. The priorities of the new emir, after choosing the crown prince, will be the parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of this year, and focus on local priorities such as combating corruption and reviving the economy, which is suffering due to public debt, low oil prices, and the spread of the Corona virus.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad tried to strengthen his approach to foreign policy and mediated without success to resolve the Qatar blockade. He nurtured a diplomatic cadre of princes and technocrats.

The newspaper pointed out that the risks are that the new emir will submit to Saudi and Emirati pressure and increase tension with Iran.

Yoel Guzanxi, the former director of the Gulf Unity at the Israeli National Security Council, says that the normalization of Kuwait, which is one of the Gulf’s strongest support for the Palestinians, will enhance the region’s acceptance of the Jewish state. However, because of its loss of its privileged position compared to the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, it will not be a priority for the Jewish state.

He said, “I do not expect this to happen,” and “(normalization) will be suicide from an internal perspective.”

Positions in support of the Palestinians

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad, who died on Tuesday, was a veteran diplomat who clung to his support for the Palestinians even after the support of Arab countries waned. The recent normalization agreements sponsored by the United States between the UAE and Bahrain with Israel have put pressure on a number of Arab countries, including Kuwait.

announced after his meeting at the White House with Al-Sabah’s eldest son, the former defense minister and a strong candidate to be crown prince, that Kuwait would be the next country for normalization.

A week after Trump’s statements, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister affirmed in a speech before the United Nations that peace with the Palestinians preceded the Arab world’s normalization of its relations with Israel.

Watch also: He appeared affected by the departure of his brother and his tears fell … Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad sworn in as Emir of Kuwait

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