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Yemen Rebels Threaten Revenge on "Zionist" Saudis After Airstrike

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report on Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes on the Yemeni rebels who have plunged that Middle-Eastern nation into chaos, as well as Iran’s response, as they back said extremist rebellion. The Times of Israel’s Lazar Berman writes about the anti-Israel rhetoric being used by the radicals as they battle the U.S.-supported military action to bring a semblance of peace to Yemen:

As Saudi Arabia carried out airstrikes in Yemen Wednesday against Houthi forces, an official from the Shiite rebel group said they would exact revenge on “the Zionist Saudi regime,” the Israeli Ynet news site reported.

Saudi Arabia launched an operation early Thursday to save the government of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the country teetered on the brink of civil war after the Iran-backed separatists overran the southern stronghold of Aden …

Anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish rhetoric is common among the Houthis. The slogan “Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews.” is common on flags and other propaganda materials.

Last week, video of the bombing of a Houthi mosque in Yemen showed the crowd chanting “Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu Akbar,” before a suicide bomber detonated himself, killing scores.

The United States is coordinating closely with Saudi Arabia and regional allies in the military action against Houthi rebels in Yemen, including providing intelligence and logistical support, the White House said Wednesday.

“President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to GCC-led military operations,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council …

Two senior US Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, endorsed the attacks …

“We understand why our Saudi and other Arab partners felt compelled to take action. The prospect of radical groups like Al-Qaeda, as well as Iranian-backed militants, finding safe haven on the border of Saudi Arabia was more than our Arab partners could withstand,” the senators said in a joint statement.

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