With Houthi Shia revolutionaries (Ansarullah) still stationed in front of Yemen’s presidential palace, president Maj. Gen. Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation from Yemen’s government Thursday. Hadi’s prime minister and entire cabinet also resigned.
The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government controlled by foreign powers, has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security to the public.
Hadi regime’s fall is a major blow to the US-Israel-Saudi efforts to counter the growing influence of the ‘Axis of Shia Resistance’ (Iran, Iraq, Hizbullah and Houthi). Yemen carries great strategic importance for Israel, Egypt and Eritrea due to the Red Sea. Since the anti-government mass protests in 2011, the US-Israel-Saudi controlled Gulf Cooperation Council oversaw a managed transition process that left elements of the old US-backed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh regime in control of key departments and placed Hadi in the presidency through a one-man election in February 2012.
“The Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out systematic assassination programs in Yemen for years, with each maintaining its own kill list of potential targets in areas across the country. These operations were conducted in close collaboration with both the Saleh and Hadi governments,” said Thomas Gaist at World Socialist Web Site on January 23, 2015.
In September 2014, Jewish Fox News posted an Israeli hasbara lie linking Yemen-based Al-Qaeda (AQAP) collaborating with the Khorasan Group – a fictitious militia invented by US-Israel intelligence – in Syria to attack commercial airplanes with bombs embedded in electronic gadgets.
“Most independent and knowledgeable experts agree that US Middle East policy is largely dictated by a multitude of Zionist loyalists occupying key policymaking positions in Treasury, State Department, the Pentagon and Commerce as well as Congressional dominance by the Presidents of the 52 Major American Jewish Organizations and their 171,000 full time paid activists. While there is some truth in what some critics cite as the divergence of the ‘real’ US ‘national interest’ from Israel’s colonial ambitions, the fact is that US leaders in Washington perceive a convergence between imperial dominance and Israeli militarism. In point of fact a submissive Egypt serves wider US imperial and Israeli colonial interests,” said Professor James Petras, April 22, 2014.
In February 2010, David Schenker, an “expert” on Arab politics at the Israel lobby group WINEP said: “When asked last year about the bond between Iran and the rebels, leading Houthi cleric Issam al Imad compared the group’s leader, Hussein al Houthi, to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a vassal of Tehran. The preponderance of evidence suggests a significant relationship between Tehran and the Houthis. But even if Yemeni and Saudi claims of Iranian support to the rebels are overstated, given Tehran’s track record, it seems likely that Iran is playing some role in fanning the flames of insurgency in Yemen.”
According to the Long War Journal, published by Washington-based Israel advocacy think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (est. after 9/11), Hadi’s fall leaves the US without a faithful partner amid its drone strike. It claims that the Pentagon carried out 23 drone strikes last year. The US has also trained Yemen military personnel to fight anti-government militias.
The US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that Houthi power doesn’t pose a direct threat to American interests in the country.
On January 23, the Jew York Times in an editorial advised Washington to open direct dialogue with Houthi leaders, saying: “Some of their grievances about widespread corruption and poor governance are legitimate. And despite the group’s stated hostility toward the United States and Israel, it does not appear intent on attacking Western targets.”
Former Israeli deputy defense minister Gen. Efraim Sneh said that Israel cannot remain indifferent to a new Iranian stronghold on the Red Sea that commands the Bab al-Mandab, the opening to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal from the Arabian Sea and beyond.