Four Nightmares Yemen Is Causing "Israel" to Have
This is not poetry nor mere exaggerations with the hope of spreading false hope. It is the reality of the Yemeni geographic revenge against the occupation.
For the UAE, Bahrain, "Israel," and the United States to launch maritime military exercises is no show of force; it is a reflection of deep concern and misgiving, primarily that of "Israel."
"Israel" is dealing with four nightmares in the Red Sea, and Yemen seems to be their common thread.
The first nightmare: "We will strike critical targets." That is how Ansar Allah responded last year to "Israel's" comment on the situation in Yemen. Ansar Allah's words were not just mere lip service, for Yemeni drones and Sanaa's missile capabilities pose a genuine threat to the occupation on the Red Sea front, which has been confirmed by various Israeli military research centers.
Throughout the entirety of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committee-controlled Yemen, threatening "Eilat" is not any harder than threatening Saudi Aramco - that is Ari Heistein's approach, a researcher in the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies. Though Heistein underrates the Yemeni threat, he acknowledges that Ansar Allah is able to use long-range missiles to hit targets from very far ranges. He sums up the whole situation with a single phrase: "It is realistic; however, it is limited."
The precarious aspect of "limitation" stems from one basic angle: long-range missiles would grant the Israeli defense systems a certain margin of time to respond. This study was written two weeks ahead of the battle of Seif al-Quds, which proved that the issues in the Israeli defense systems do not solely rely on preparation, for what merits preparation more than a war?
The second nightmare: during the 1967 war, "Israel" experienced firsthand the repercussions of the Suez Canal and the Straits of Tiran being closed, so what could be the adverse effects of a farther passage - Bab-el-Mandeb Strait - being closed?
Closing Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in the face of Israeli vessels could seriously harm Israeli trade, both in terms of imports and exports. India is the largest Israeli arms importer in the world, importing 43% of "Israel's" arms exports between 2016 and 2020, while Vietnam is the third-largest in the world, importing 12% of "Israel's" arms exports.
Arms exports are a vital part of the Israeli economy, as "Israel" ranks eighth in the world in terms of arms exports, exporting 3% of the world's arms. Therefore, closing Bab-el-Mandeb in the face of Israeli ships, one of the main pillars of the Israeli economy, heavily impacts the lives of Israeli settlers, whom the Israeli authorities need many temptations to keep in place.
The Israeli economy heavily relies on imported goods, which cross through the Indian Ocean through Bab-el-Mandeb. "Israel" might experience a situation that is opposite to the one it went through during the October 1973 war, which saw "Israel" suffering because of Bab-el-Mandeb being closed in the face of Iranian tankers transporting oil to "Israel" back when Iran was under the Shah. Today, "Israel" is extremely worried about the same strait standing in solidarity with revolutionary Iran.
The third nightmare: "Israel" dreams about having coastal tourist-attractive cities, and they are part of its plans for the future, firstly due to profits they would generate, and secondly due to the doors they could open for normalization.
Carnegie Center calls this project "The diplomacy of the Saudi Neom." Neom city is at the heart of this project, and Israeli technology is one of the most important sources of input for this project, which requires high levels of stability that cannot be attained without stability in the Red Sea. Losing the opportunity of having military stability in the Red Sea means "Israel" would lose its economic opportunities in these "smart cities."
The fourth nightmare: China aims to ensure the finest conditions for stability in the regions and straits through which the Belt and Road Initiative goes. By taking a look at a map of the initiative, one sees that Bab-el-Mandeb is a pivotal intermediate link for its success. The same initiative deems the Haifa port as less of a priority in terms of pathways into the Mediterranean sea, especially because it has many alternatives.
"Israel," who is acting very cautiously in fear of the US aims to please China, hopes to reap the utmost benefits from the project. However, Bab-el-Mandeb could seriously harm "Israel" if China was put in a zero-sum game. "Israel" would lose a railway that connects "Eilat" and "Ashdod" and huge gas pipelines that would transmit energy through the occupied territories and supply them with energy as well.
This is the Yemeni geographic revenge from the occupation, as the four Yemeni nightmares are enough to shake "Isreal" to the core in terms of the occupation's security and economy.