An analyst exposes the parasitic links between Western organizations and pro-Israeli groups with dissidents who cause interwoven upheavals in Middle Eastern countries.
In an interview with Press TV, investigative journalist and Middle East analyst Maidhc O Cathail unravels some links between Israel groups and dissidents in the Middle East.
It's very good to have you with us. Tell me how you understanding the situation going on in Sana'a, Yemen, today?
Thank you very much. I think it was as expected this scenario that's been playing out for the last couple of months. It was inevitable that Saleh would be forced to step down.
I think we need to look at the bigger picture here, and look at the forces that have decided it's time for Saleh to go. Of course, the Yemen people are looking for democracy and they are naturally tired of his autocratic rule.
But at the same time, we have to look at who's going to benefit from this, and who has been supporting the protesters? Not just in the past couple of months, but for the past couple of years.
We've seen reports in The Washington Post
and The New York Times
about groups like the National Endowment for Democracy and their affiliates, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House and so on that have been giving all kinds of support, training and funding dissidents throughout the Arab world.
You were just speaking about someone profiting from this whole situation. Tell me who you have in mind.
I think if we look at the people involved, for example the long time president of the National Endowment for Democracy is Carl Gershman; Carl Gershman, back in the 1960's, was working in the research department of the Anti-Defamation League. As most people know, the Anti-Defamation League defends Israel and attacks critics of Israel, and its research often amounts to espionage on critics of Israel.
If you look at who's the President of the National Democratic Institute it's Kenneth Wollack. Kenneth Wollack was a legislative aid for AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in the 1970's.
Everywhere you look, for example there are groups online such as cyberdissidents.org
which supports prodemocracy activists in the Arab world and in Iran. It sounds very good but look at who founded this group.
This was setup by the Adelson Institute which was located at the Shalem center in Jerusalem. It is backed by people like Sheldon Adelson, Ronald Lauder. These are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.
It was chaired by Natan Sharansky. Natan Sharansky, who poses as a human rights activist, resigned from Ariel Sharon's government over the withdrawal from Gaza. He chaired a group called onejerusalem.org
which rejects Palestinian sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem (al-Quds).
These are the kinds of people that are supporting the dissidents in the Arab world and in Iran.