Israel is helping an exiled Arab sheikh to plot a bloodless coup in the Gulf emirate of Ras al-Khaimeh, the Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday.
According to the Guardian report, Sheikh Khalid bin-Saqr al-Qasimi - the exiled crown prince of Ras al-Khaimeh - met with Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ron Prosor in March. The Sheikh reportedly asked then for Israeli support in his attempt to seize control of the emirate from his dying father, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi, and the current crown prince Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr al-Qasimi.
Israel has subsequently provided wider assistance and advice, the Guardian said.
Ras al-Khaimeh, one of the seven sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates, is located directly across the Persian Gulf from Iran. According to the Guardian, Khalid has claimed that Ras al-Khaimeh currently serves as a nexus for the smuggling of nuclear technology to Iran.
Sheikh Saqr, 92, is reported to be in a hospital on the verge of death.
Sheikh Khalid was exiled by his father in 2003. Since then, Sheikh Khalid has launched a multi-million dollar public relations to boost his image amongst American officials and the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., the Guardian reported.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in London declined to comment on the matter to the Guardian.
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