Rob Roy, "Please don’t lump Saudi Arabian and Iran together". I think you misunderstood my meaning, most GCC states led by Saudi Arabia are weary of Iran, but are also weary of Saudi Arabia but for different reasons, they resent playing second fiddle to Saudi Arabia who would lead that group because of its economic power, I agree with the rest of your comment.
This video of Col Gaddafi speaking in Syria in 2008 sums up how various Arab regimes hate each other, very prescient and worth listening to...
Gaddafi... We are the enemies of one another, I'm sad to say.
We all hate one another, we deceive one another, we gloat at the misfortune of one another, and we conspire against one another etc, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cpiPFkL0QY
Trump want's a NATO style partnership in the middle east to confront Iran, the problem is other GCC countries are weary of both Saudi Arabian and Iranian hegemonic ambitions, there is of course the issue of Qatar who are more in the Iranian camp than the Saudi one. The countries surrounding the Persian Gulf overall have a Shia majority and are far more motivated than the Sunni ones, who, in the event of war, and their close proximity to Iran would see their economies and infrastructure obliterated. Israel is also treating Hezbollah with the utmost respect, and while Israel could cause terrible damage to Lebanon, so Hezbollah could do the same to Israel with their reported stock of 120,000 missiles, some of which are very accurate. In theory Hezbollah could destroy Metropolitan Tel Aviv and most of their ports, gas rigs and installations. This is in effect a mutual assured destruction scenario [MAD] one which the Israelis will not want to test. Of course as time goes by the technological balance of power will shift to the 'arc of resistance' Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon with the backing of Russia [witness the new Anti air missile system the Iranians are producing the Bavar 373 which are much improved copies of the Russian S300's https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2018/10/15/1853526/iran-s-bavar-373-missile-system-has-vertical-launchers-commander-confirms] hence Netanyahu's frequent and panicky trips to Russia.
Maximus Decimus Meridius. It Doesn't, but the authority given the duty to prosecute may have illegally decided not to do so, rather like our [UK] Trading Standards Authority [TSA] . When the Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights were asked to help a claim by me through the courts in 2012, the Treasurer asked me whether I had funding [remember this organization is supposed to be a charity] and because I did not, she told me these things are very expensive and so she could not help. This was a lie, since the case was simply a Magistrates court issue. Fast forward 2014 again I tried to get the LPHR [lawyers Leigh Day] to help me take a case through the magistrates court, they refused, their reasons were that they would rather take the TSA to Judicial review [at enormous cost] but could not get funding from the legal aid fund. Since then the LPHR have been blocking my every move to get this to court, I could write a book about how the so called LPHR are just money grabbing lawyers who do not care for the Palestinians, only their own bank accounts. I tried to get the help of a lawyer via the LPHR face book page this was also blocked. As far as I am concerned, and I hate to say this the LPHR are just virtue signaling, they in it for themselves.
Justin Elliott has a long piece at ProPublica on the influence Sheldon Adelson has with the Trump administration, especially on Israel and Iran, it is disgraceful that one casino billionaire can almost decide whether WW3 gets underway.
"Adelson’s influence has spread across the Trump administration. In August 2017, the Zionist Organization of America, to which the Adelsons are major donors, launched a campaign against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. ZOA chief Mort Klein charged McMaster “clearly has animus toward Israel.”
Adelson said he was convinced to support the attack on McMaster after Adelson spoke with Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who “enlightened me quite a bit” about McMaster, according to an email Klein later released to the media. Adelson pressed Trump to appoint the hawkish John Bolton to a high position, The New York Times reported. In March, Trump fired McMaster and replaced him with Bolton. The president and other cabinet officials also clashed with McMaster on policy and style issues". https://features.propublica.org/trump-inc-podcast/sheldon-adelson-casino-magnate-trump-macau-and-japan/