American press reports revealed what is going on behind the scenes of the White House about the punishment of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After the publication of the US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Tension inside the White House
“There was little discussion or tension inside the White House in the last week before the intelligence report about Khashoggi was published,” the American “CNN” website quoted US administration officials as saying.
The officials made it clear that “the option to punish the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was not an option on the table.”
“The Biden administration did not even submit a request to the State Department to work on options about how to target the Saudi crown prince,” a State Department official said.
Not applicable option
Meanwhile, another State Department official said that punishing Mohammed bin Salman was never a “viable option,” considering that it might overturn a number of important initiatives in the region, according to “CNN”.
Meanwhile, two US administration officials said punishing the Saudi crown prince would be “very complicated”, and could threaten the interests of the US military in the kingdom as a result.
And the CIA announced in a report published last week that the office of the Director of National Intelligence is likely to have Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally approved the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
“According to our estimates, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to arrest or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report said.
The report indicated that the Saudi crown prince considered Khashoggi a threat to the kingdom and agreed to measures that would silence him.
Saudi Arabia responded to the American report by saying that it rejected it “categorically,” and considered that the report “contained incorrect conclusions about the Kingdom’s leadership that could not be accepted.”
And confirmed Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Law “Khashoggi Ban”
Earlier, the Hebrew newspaper “Haaretz” revealed a tendency among members of the US Congress to pass a law prohibiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from entering the United States. And through a new law.
The Hebrew newspaper said that some members of Congress from the Democratic Party have submitted a bill that includes banning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from entering the United States of America.
The proposal by Democrats comes on the heels of the Biden administration’s response to a CIA report about his involvement in the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Bill from the Democrats
Representatives Tom Malinowski, James McGovern and Andy Kim presented a bill called “The Accountability of Saudi Arabia Law for Grave Human Rights Violations.” Which will also require the Biden administration to ratify that Saudi Arabia will no longer harass or terrorize Prime Time Zone in the United States, as a precondition before selling more weapons to the kingdom.
The bill comes after the publication of a declassified report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to which it assessed that the Saudi crown prince approved the operation to capture or kill Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was publishing a newspaper column in the American “Washington Post” newspaper. He became highly critical of the kingdom for years, when he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Khashoggi’s body was never recovered, and the horrific details of the assassination were shared around the world.
On the other hand, many Democrats warned that the sanctions imposed by the Biden administration were not strong enough, and that they had let bin Salman escape his involvement in the assassination.
Tom Malinowski said in a press release that he praises the Biden administration for identifying Mohammed bin Salman as Khashoggi’s killer.
He added, “But what will weaken America’s message to Saudi Arabia is for the United States of America to accuse the Crown Prince of committing the crime without doing anything to hold him accountable.”
Congressman, who is a close friend of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, also said: “The law is clear that the Secretary of State is. He should impose a ban on granting visas to Prime Time Zone he knows are linked to serious human rights violations. This is fully determined by the Khashoggi report.
He pointed out that the bill that we are presenting doubles the clarity of this matter, and reminds the world that no one in the United States is above the law, whether he is a prince or president.
McGovern, a Massachusetts congressman who has been one of the most vocal critics of the Saudi regime in Congress, said. There must be consequences for the Khashoggi assassination. Such a heinous crime must not be met with impunity.
He noted that the new bill is an important first step in ensuring that these officials are known and accountable.
He emphasized that there is more that can and should be done, including ending US arms sales. And security aid to the Saudi government.
Legislation is a clear message to Saudi Arabia
New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim said the legislation sends a clear and necessary message to. Crown Prince that his responsibility for the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi will not pass without consequences.
And he stressed that if America fails to act, that means a clear message to allies and enemies that American values. And US interests can be ignored and crushed underfoot, he said.
Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki defended. For the decision not to impose sanctions on the crown prince himself.
She also argued that targeting “the network responsible for these acts is the best way to prevent such a crime from happening again.”
She also added that the United States does not punish leaders of foreign countries with whom it has diplomatic relations. However, management reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary in the future.
The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said they were not in a position to provide details. About the names of those subject to the “Khashoggi ban,” as well as any possible reform measures, he said.
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