The London Daily Mail reported Thursday from a “a source close to the Saudi royal family” that King Salman is planning to give up the Saudi throne next week and name his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, 32, as his successor. The king will reportedly “play the role of the queen of England,” keeping only the title of “Custodian of the Holy Shrines.”
Twelve days ago, Prince Muhammad ordered 500 notables, including princes, former ministers and business leaders, detained on charges of corruption. The British newspaper carried the first photos of detainees sleeping in mattresses on the floor of the Carlton Ritz Riyadh. After he is crowned king, the prince will focus on Iran, according the Daily Mail. His plan is to start the fire in Lebanon, said the source, in the hope of Israeli military backing. He is convinced he has to hit Iran and Hizballah – contrary to the advice of the royal family – and will enlist the help of the Israeli military to crush Hizballah, for which he has promised Israel billions of dollars if they agree.
The source stressed: MBS can’t confront Hizballah in Lebanon without Israel. Plan B is to fight Hizballah in Syria, said the source.