Iranian President Rei and Assad arrived in Saudi Arabia for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.Erdogan will also attend the meeting. pic.twitter.com/ZMjixxwasI
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🇸🇦🇮🇷 | Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, MBS (Bin Salman) greeted Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi at the site of the meeting of the OIC pic.twitter.com/et2dGZNUdW
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Leaders of the Arab and Islamic world gathered in Saudi Arabia to talk about Gaza. pic.twitter.com/I0EgOK9olK
— S p r i n t e r X (@SprinterX99880) November 11, 2023
The Islamic world is coming together.
A year ago, it would have been unthinkable to have the President of Iran flying to Saudi at all, let alone flying for a meeting where they plan to act in concert for a shared agenda.
As it turns out, Iran really made a good decision by becoming the main backer of Palestine. They put themselves in a position where the entire Islamic world is looking at them as heroes.
Leaders from across the Middle East and surrounding region are meeting in Saudi Arabia for an emergency summit on Gaza, as the enclave’s largest hospital remains tightly encircled by Israeli forces, without power, and with strikes “on everything moving inside the complex”, according to staff trapped inside.
“We are totally cut off from the whole world, we are minutes away from imminent death,” Mohammad abu Salmiya, the head of Dar al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, told Al Jazeera.
The hospital is the largest in the Gaza Strip and the linchpin of the medical system in the besieged enclave, as well as now providing vital shelter to an estimated 15,000 people.
“Gaza is not an arena for words. It should be for action,” the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, said in remarks at Tehran airport before his departure for Saudi Arabia, his attendance at the meeting a fresh sign of cooperation between the two countries.
This is what we’ve all been waiting for.
The Saudi Arabian news channel Al Ekhbariya showed images of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, landing in Saudi Arabia on Friday night, amid criticism of his attendance linked to accusations of war crimes committed in Syria, including airstrikes on hospital facilities.
Who was lodging that criticism???
On Saturday morning, the same channel showed the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, the Lebanese caretaker president, Najib Mikati, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, landing in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, or arriving at the entrance to an opulent royal palace.
The gang’s all here!
“We are before a humanitarian catastrophe that [shows] the failure of the UN Security Council and international community,” said Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, speaking at the summit. He called for an “immediate,” ceasefire in Gaza.
He added that “Israeli occupation authorities” bear the responsibility of the crimes committed against civilians in the enclave.
Don’t forget that America is also responsible.
America is responsible.
They’re the ones paying for it.
#VantageOnFirstpost: #Iran claimed that a wider war is “inevitable” amid attacks on US assets in west Asia by its proxy groups. At least 56 American soldiers have been injured in such attacks over the past few weeks. @palkisu tells you more. pic.twitter.com/ik4j86xj7E
— Firstpost (@firstpost) November 10, 2023
Note that this is happening as Iran is saying that they’re going to expand the conflict.
Iran warned the scale of civilian suffering caused by Israel’s war on Hamas would inevitably lead to an expansion of the conflict, as officials in Gaza reported Israeli air strikes on or near several hospitals in the Palestinian enclave.
The comments from Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian could ramp up concerns over whether Washington’s diplomatic efforts and deployment of US naval forces to the eastern Mediterranean will be able to keep the conflict from further destabilising the Middle East.
“Due to the expansion of the intensity of the war against Gaza’s civilian residents, expansion of the scope of the war has become inevitable,” Amir-Abdollahian told his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Thursday night.
Iran’s state-run Press TV reported the comments, made during a telephone conversation, on Friday.
Clearly, Iran is not doing anything yet. However, the calculus there is that Israel will not actually do what they keep saying they’re going to do and conquer Gaza. They currently are saying that, but not organized in such a way that this would be possible, so there is not any reason to take their claims seriously.
Israel is making it obvious that they are not coming into Gaza with the strength necessary to actually remove Hamas, and they are doing that at least in part because they don’t want escalation from Iran or Lebanon – yet.
Both sides presumably want escalation at some point in the future, but neither is ready.
Prince Muhammed has to do what he is doing. We should remember that he’s been involved with the Jews pretty deeply. However, there is, separately, a chance that he is in the process of pivoting.
That will not be clear for a while.
A British doctor breaks down while reading an emergency message from the director of Al-Shifa Hospital in #Gaza, as healthcare workers gather in front of the Prime Minister’s office in London, holding banners bearing the names of more than 200 doctors killed by Israel so far. pic.twitter.com/87IWfJbG2r
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 11, 2023