Sun Feb 5, 2017 7:16PM
Professor Rodney Shakespeare, a political analyst from London
Professor Rodney Shakespeare, a political analyst from London

The British government’s extensive arms deals with Saudi Arabia are part of a Zionist plan to wage a major war against Muslim countries in the Middle East, says an academic in London.

Professor Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks while discussing a new poll that shows a majority of Britons oppose London’s weapons sales to Riyadh.

Conducted by Opinium on behalf of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), the survey showed that almost 62 percent of British people think selling arms to Saudi Arabia, the UK’s largest arms customer, was “unacceptable.”

The UK government has been under immense pressure by human rights groups to end arms shipments to the Saudis.

The UK government has sold over £3.3 billion worth of arms – including fighter jets, bombs and missiles – to the Saudi regime since it attacked Yemen in March 2015.

The war has killed at least 11,400 people in Yemen, according to local sources.

“There is an issue bigger than the sale of arms by the UK to Saudi Arabia,” Shakespeare told Press TV on Sunday.

“The UK is supporting Saudi Arabia's regime as part of supporting what is going to be a coming war in the Middle East, essentially to forward the interests of the Zionist Israel,” he added.

According to the scholar, Zionist elements within the governments of US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May are eager to wage wars against China, Russia and nations in the Middle East.

Referring to Trump’s recent entry ban against citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, Shakespeare said that the move was aimed at creating a “background” for a “wholesale war” on Islam.

“UK politics is controlled by Zionism and Trump has appointed Zionist after Zionist and that is why Saudi Arabia was not put on the visa banning list, nor was Qatar,” he argued, describing the Riyadh regime as “the progenitor, the great force and philosophical, financial pusher of Wahhabism.”

“So there is more to this than just the supply of arms, which is really about the support for a coming situation in which Zionism will be able to expand and the Middle East states will be essentially destroyed as independent entities” except for Iran, he further explained.