The Independent published a report written by Middle East Editor Bill Tru, in which she says that the story of Sheikha Latifa, daughter of the ruler of Dubai, has revealed other tragic stories of the disappearance of other princesses in the Emirates.
Tru said Latifa appeared in the secretly recorded videos, weak and terrified, as she accused her father of holding her in a “prison villa” after she tried to flee the country in 2018.
The writer stated that the United Nations announced that it would raise the issue of the princess with her father, who is also the vice president of the UAE and one of the richest people in the world.
She said that the Independent asked the UAE to comment on the accusations, but did not receive a response, although Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum strongly denied all the accusations, stressing that he was acting in the best interest of his daughter.
It seems, according to the author, that Latifa’s tragedy is not the only one in the UAE, but her story is one of other stories of disappeared princesses recorded by organizations defending human rights and freedom of expression in the world.
These organizations talk about Latifa’s sister Princess Shamsa, who is 39 years old, who confirmed a court ruling that she was kidnapped from Britain in 2000 when she tried to escape as a teenager. Its whereabouts have not been known since that time.
In a letter believed to have been written by Shamsa in 2001 to a lawyer in Britain, the princess said, “(My father) sent four armed Arab men to arrest me. They took me to my father’s house in Newmarket, injected me and gave me pills.”
“The next morning they took me in a helicopter to the plane that took me to Dubai. I am detained until today, I do not see anyone, even the man you call my father.”
The writer recalls the story of Princess Haya, the 46-year-old youngest of the six wives of the ruler of Dubai, who fled to Britain in 2019 with her two children, Jalila and Zayed, saying that she feared for her life. She asked the court to protect her 11-year-old daughter from forced marriage.
Johnson, Biden, and the Iranian nuclear program
The Daily Telegraph published an article written by former US National Security Adviser John Bolton, calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to persuade the new US president, Joe Biden, not to return to the nuclear deal with Iran.
Bolton says that Biden’s desire to return to the nuclear deal with Iran is a disaster for the Middle East, and that Johnson must refer to it in another way.
Bolton says that news of Iran’s resumption of uranium enrichment has shaken security centers around the world. Indeed, Tehran only announced what it was doing in secret. The Iranians are working relentlessly to raise the level of enrichment before any negotiations with the Biden administration.
Bolton adds that Britain’s response to what is happening is vital. The European Union views the nuclear deal with Iran with a kind of sacredness. And the administration of former US President Barack Obama joined them without insight. But the exit of the United States from the agreement spoiled them this sanctity.
Bolton believes that whatever the Biden administration’s desire to return to the agreement, it must know that the world has changed since the United States withdrew from it in 2018. The Middle East has witnessed radical and historic transformations. Israel has full diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the Emirates, and others in the near future.
He adds that the motive behind the Arab-Israeli rapprochement is the common belief that Iran is the greatest threat to security and peace in the region.
Bolton believes Johnson’s role in the case is now central. The British government supported the agreement in the past, when Johnson was foreign minister. But the current circumstances differ from the previous circumstances.
He attributed this to the fact that Britain was no longer bound by the positions of Berlin and Paris on the issue.
Search for Eli Cohen’s tomb
The Times newspaper published a report talking about an exchange of prisoners between Syria and Israel, with Russian mediation.
The newspaper says that the exchange included an Israeli woman who was arrested two weeks ago on charges of illegally entering Syria. She was released in exchange for Israeli release of two Syrian shepherds who crossed into the occupied Golan.
It is not known why the woman, who is from an ultra-Orthodox family, entered Syria, but sources among her neighbors believe that she may have gone to meet a Syrian man with whom she was romantically linked via the Internet.
Other sources say that she suffers from psychological problems and that she previously tried to cross into the Gaza Strip, in order to mediate peace between Israel and its enemies.
The newspaper adds that when Israel learned from Russia of the opportunity to exchange prisoners, it proposed the release of an Israeli who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for spying for the Hezbollah group, and a resident of the Golan Heights who is under house arrest for incitement against Israel.
The newspaper adds that Russia has been conducting investigations on behalf of Israel for years in Syria. Two years ago, I found the remains of an Israeli soldier who had disappeared since 1982 and whose body was transferred to Syria. He was returned to Israel via Moscow to be buried in a military ceremony.
There are reports of relentless search and excavations in Damascus cemeteries for the remains of Israeli soldiers and the grave of the famous spy Eli Cohen, who spent years sending reports to the Mossad and is close to the ruling elite in Syria.
His true identity was revealed in 1965, and then he was executed and buried in an unknown location.