JERUSALEM, Israel — One of the strangest aspects of the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas is the involvement of the Houthi rebels of distant Yemen, a poor country where the majority of the population is addicted to drugs.
In the past several weeks, the Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, have launched missiles at Israel from nearly 2,000 miles away, and have begun seizing vaguely Israeli-connected shipping near the crucially important Red Sea strait of the Bab-el-Mandeb.
Notably, President Joe Biden de-listed the Houthis as a terror organization shortly after taking office, ostensibly to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen. Democrats also pushed for the U.S. to stop supporting Saudi Arabia’s role in the civil war in Yemen on the government side against the Iranian-backed rebels, despite the fact that the Houthis are a threat to a U.S. naval base across the strait in the African nation of Djibouti. The Houthis continued attacking Saudi Arabia after being de-listed.
There is no national interest in Yemen in attacking Israel. The country has problem of its own, including a widespread addiction to a drug known…
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