Expert: UAE-Israel Intelligence Base Targets Iran, China and Pakistan
Windowofworld.com – Political and strategic experts say the establishment of the Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) intelligence gathering base on the island of Socotra in Yemen aims to monitor Iran. The base is also intended to monitor China and Pakistan.
JForum, the official website of the French-speaking Jewish community in Paris, previously revealed that the UAE and Israel were working to build a spy base on Socotra.
“This Israeli-UAE spy base aims to monitor Iranian activities in the Gulf of Aden and limit Tehran’s relations with Houthi rebels,” said Ibrahim Fraihat, a professor of international conflict resolution at the Doha Institute of Postgraduate Studies, as reported by Anadolu Agency.
Socotra overlooks the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, the main shipping route connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The UAE has deployed hundreds of troops on the strategic island since May 2018, causing a rift with the Yemeni government, which rejects the deployment.
“The establishment of this base is an additional indicator that the UAE-Israel agreement is intended to forge a solid alliance between the two countries, not only to normalize relations,” Fraihat said.
Fraihat believes that the Israel-UAE spy base will also help keep China’s economic activity under scrutiny. “This base can provide important security services to the US regarding China’s economic activity, especially its trade with Europe,” he said, citing US President Donald Trump’s tense relationship with Beijing.
“Trump is involved in a trade war with China and needs to monitor China’s commercial activities,” he said.
Indian analyst Haidar Abbas believes that the spy base will also be used to monitor Pakistan. “From now onwards, the island of Socotra will not be the Houthi rebels, or the UAE or Yemen, but the full power will belong to Israel which means the US,” he said.
“This rapidly changing scenario is changing the world situation as never before, as Pakistan which means China, is now under the Israeli radar,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Syed Qandil Abbas of Azam University in Islamabad argues that the deal will have a direct impact on the Middle East, but could indirectly affect South Asia and other regions as well.
“If the India-UAE-Israel triangle emerges then that will change the dynamics of the South Asia region as well. Fighting Iran could be one of the main objectives, “he said.