There can be no solution to the war in Yemen unless the Houthis agree to give up their weapons.
I do not think one can find a single Saudi who would accept Houthis (Iran’s agents in Yemen) to keep their armaments, particularly their medium and heavy weapons. If these weapons continue to be in Yemen, it would mean that Iran will form proxy religious parties, like Hezbollah in Lebanon.
With such proxies, Iran will remain a threat to Saudi national security, and shall wait for an opportunity to export terrorism into the country. Any solution, dialogue or reconciliation between the conflicting parties in Yemen must first start with the Iran-backed Houthis giving up their weapons. If not, the conflict should not be brought to a close.
Rafik al-Hariri’s capitulation
Any solution, dialogue or reconciliation between the conflicting parties in Yemen must first start with the Iran-backed Houthis giving up their weaponsMoahmmed Al Shaikh
Qatar only has financial wealth and the media at its disposal. I do not think it can support the Houthis, especially after the boycotting countries have drained a lot of its resources. The imminent fall of Hodeida will also make it very difficult for Qatar’s financial support to reach Houthis. This would mean that the Houthis will reach a point where they have to take part in negotiations by force and not by choice. From this point on, all efforts must be directed towards putting restrictions on them and pressuring them to surrender their weapons to the Yemeni national army, no matter what the pressure may be. It is my assessment that the Saudi leadership and people will never accept anything less, even if the war in Yemen continues for a hundred years.
In the early 1990s, Rafik Hariri was working very hard to become prime minister. In principle, the Syrians rejected his ambitions, unless he agreed to allow Hezbollah to keep its weapons. When he agreed to this, Iran occupied Lebanon and so we must be very careful not to repeat the same mistake.