Advanced plans by Saudi Arabia to strike a peace deal with the Houthi rebels in Yemen are being jeopardised by Houthi attacks on Israel and this week’s seizure of an Israeli-linked commercial vessel in the Red Sea.
Saudi Arabia hopes it can maintain a firewall between the Yemen peace talks and the Houthis’ attacks on Israel, but in London and Washington there is pressure to redesignate the Houthis as a terrorist organisation, which would threaten any deal.
How does the U.S. redesignating the Houthis as a terrorist group threaten a peace deal between Yemen and the Houthis? How does it threaten the peace deal if Yemen itself won't necessarily follow through with U.S. decision to designate it as a terrorist group? The U.S. and London are third parties to the Yemen civil war, so how would it threaten a peace deal between the two? Yemen was supported by the U.S. but the U.S. was never a belligerent to the Yemeni civil war.