New autonomous zone in Aden in southern Yemen is opening up to Israel. EPA-EFE/NAJEEB ALMAHBOOBI
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Israel’s New “Secret” Friend in Yemen

As Port of Aden declares autonomy from Yemen, it also casts a friendly eye on the Jewish state

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Behind closed doors, a new state in the Middle East was declared: Aden, a colony in the southwestern region of Yemen. The Southern Transitional Council (STC) took control of the area, led by Maj.-Gen. Aidarus Qassem Abdulaziz al-Zoubaidi, the governor of Aden province until April 2017. Aden was a British Crown colony from 1937 to 1963.

Surprisingly, at a recent press conference the STC expressed a positive attitude toward Israel, although the question of official diplomatic relations with the Jewish State has yet to be discussed. Hani bin Breik, vice-chairman of the STC, tweeted that “relations between Israel and Qatar are very good.” In his tweet, he recalled Shimon Peres’ historic visit to Doha and praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Oman. “Arabs and Israelis agree on a two-state solution, and Arab countries normalizing relations with Israel.”

Many Israelis responded positively to these sentiments and sent greetings to the new autonomous state in Yemen. Various sources in Jerusalem told Israel Today that Israel is conducting secret meetings with the new government in southern Yemen. A friend who works…

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