Yemeni-Houthi politician Muhammad Al-Bakhiti of the Supreme Political Council of Ansar Allah said that Saudi Arabia pays the jizya poll tax to America, in exchange for protection, and if America would remove its protection from Saudi Arabia, "Yemeni forces would need no more than three weeks to reach Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina." He made these remarks on a show on Russia Today TV on February 16, 2021. He said that Saudi Arabia follows the orders, dictates, and directives of the United States. He also said that the American removal of Ansar Allah from the designated terrorist list is not a favor that it has done for the group, because it was the one who had put it on the list in the first place. For more about Muhammad Al-Bakhiti, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 7522 and 4845.
Muhammad Al-Bakhiti: "Once America withdraws its support from Saudi Arabia, Yemeni forces would need no more than three weeks to reach Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina. Trump has stated so, saying: 'If we stop protecting Saudi Arabia, the Saudi regime would fall within three weeks.' Therefore, they pay the jizya poll tax to America. My colleague asked why [the Saudis] should take orders from America. They pay the jizya to America, unfortunately, and take their dictates and directives from America."