The Yemeni Shia militia is known for its extreme hostility to the Jewish State, with its oft-touted four-part slogan including the lines ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘A Curse on the Jews’.
Yemen’s Houthi militia will take part in the defence of Jerusalem in event of a broader conflict with Israel, a senior official from the political and militant group has indicated.
The official argued that the Israeli “enemy” may not stop its attacks unless resistance forces are able to target the Israeli hinterland, and suggested that Tel Aviv listens to the warnings of the leaders of the Axis of Resistance (the loose Iran-led Middle Eastern coalition opposed to israel and the United States), because they do what they say, “unlike” the Arab League.
Mayun is the second Yemeni island where the Houthis have claimed that israel and the UAE are working together against Sanaa. Last year, media reported on the creation of a “spy base” on Socotra – a large island about 350 km southeast of the Yemeni mainland between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea. Formally, the island is controlled by the ‘Southern Transitional Council,’ an Abu Dhabi-sponsored entity formally seeking to break off from Yemen and create a separate state in the country’s south, but which is now cooperating with the Saudi-backed government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Even though the territory they control is situated over 1,600 km from Israel, the Houthis have repeatedly threatened to attack the…