What the heck is happening in Saudi Arabia?


Conservative Review: Saudi Arabia’s reform-minded crown prince is implementing change in Riyadh at such breakneck speed that Westerners are having a hard time grasping what exactly is going on in the oil-rich nation.

Over the past few months, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka “MBS”) – who is heir to the throne and effectively rules the country for his elderly father, King Salman — has repeatedly shaken up the status quo, challenging the Salafist-extremist elements in Saudi Arabia.

In his battle against fundamentalist forces, bin Salman stripped Saudi Arabia’s infamously brutal Haia religious police of its powers. He also lifted the de facto ban on women driving and liberalized other long-observed customs, enraging fundamentalist factions in the country. more …

Opinion: June 21, 2017 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointed his then 31 year old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle.

Sep 26, 2017 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom was the only country in the world that banned women from driving.

Oct 26, 2017 – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Aramco’s initial public offering is on track for 2018, as well as a new $500 billion mega-city.

November 4, 2017 – Middle Eastern news media circulated a photo that is said to show debris from a ballistic missile originating in Iranian-controlled Yemen that was shot down by Saudi defenses. The Saudi prince called it an act of war.

The young prince is wasting no time establishing a power structure. He has even taken on the powerful Salafists (radical movement within Sunni Islam) who represent the cultural blockades in a nation with demographics that includes over 50 percent of the population below age 30.

Bin Salman leads the Kingdom’s “Vision 2030” and the related “National Transformation Plan” — a program aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy beyond oil production. He is believed to have played a key role in Riyadh’s decision to isolate Qatar.

CNBC reports: “President Trump has ties to both the Crown Prince Bin Salman and the billionaire investor Bin Talal.

In addition to having likely orchestrated Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Bin Salman has reportedly developed a relationship with White House advisor Jared Kushner — the husband of the president’s daughter and another 30-something man who has ridden family connections to the center of the world stage.

In fact, Kushner made a secretive trip to Saudi Arabia last week — just days before Bin Salman’s sweeping set of arrests.”

Mohammed Bin Salman, an Arab prince and Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, as partners in the peace process with Israel, is enough to raise the little hairs on the back of my neck.

Daniel 8:9 depicts a leader who will rise out of nowhere and grow rapidly into power in three directions: The south, the east, and the glorious land – Israel.

Eenie meenie miney mo …