Is Israel-Arab thaw possible?
Israel now considers Arab leaders as Zionist allies!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
One gets the impression in recent times that Arab world is opting for non-Islamic path in choosing the enemies of Islam, who target Muslims and their Islamic blood, as their “reliable” and practical allies. The way Sunni Arab nations try to court fascist Israel by secretly creating anti-Iran alignment has shocked the world, particularly the Islamic world which is larger than Arab world.
Does Israel have any love or at least sympathy for Arabs and can Arab world trust a mischievous Israel, playing terror politics by hiding behind Washington?
In fact, Arab nations do not appear to be much bothered about the fate of the Palestinians besieged by Israel and Egypt as their interests now coincide over Iran with those of Israel – an illegal Jewish nations imposed by western powers in Mideast which most of the Arab and Muslim nations have not yet recognized as a genuine nation.
There is no surprise; therefore, when the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold in June called that the Sunni Arab states in the region are “Israel’s allies.” This bit of news came after he also revealed last month that Israel and Saudi Arabia have held secret talks in recent months. While similar nuggets of hope have not been heard on the Arab side, these comments should not be ignored.
Informal ties between Israel and the Gulf kingdoms are not new, though officially they hate each other. Both sides, mediated by USA- especially after Turkey broke with Israel over Gaza terror blockades, often share intelligence on mutual security interests.
Israel already enjoys good relations with Arab neighbors Egypt and Jordan as well as Morocco. And with development of its offshore natural gas resources, it can become an energy partner in the region.
A recent survey by the Institute for Policy and Strategy found only 82 percent of Saudis, heavily influenced by western media reports about “Islamic terrorism”, do not see Israel as the greatest threat. More than half of Saudis see Iran as the main nemesis followed by Islamic State. The most startling find was that 24 percent of Saudis would support even an alliance with Israel in a struggle with Iran.
The new dynamics, pushed by the Mossad and Pentagon, simmering in the Middle East suggest the possibility of a historic breakthrough in Arab-Israeli ties. The improbable rapprochement seems to have come too soon.
It is however not sure if both parties are sure about benefits they might gain from jointly opposing Iran and the resultant “friendly relations” emerging between them with blessings from Washington. But Israel and Saudi Arabia just want to restrain the rising Iran following the nuclear deal between West and Iran.
Israel is an illegitimate nuclear power and only nuclear super power in West Asia. Rise of Iran as a nuclear and economic power would only be a balancing act but Israel considers that possibility that would render the Zionist regime a lesser super power.
It appears both Israel and Arab nations do not like the Iran’s successful nuclear deal because of their concern that it might embolden Iran and its allies in the Middle East, from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon to rebels in Yemen.
Now not only USA but also Israel worry about a collapse of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria as that would promote the fast rise of Islamic State and other jihadi groups.
And preventing Israel from starting another war with Hamas in Palestine-Gaza would be in the interest of nations.
Both Israel and Saudi Arabia worry the United States seeks to diminish its presence in the region after the successful Iran deal. In the resulting power vacuum, Israel and Saudi Arabia might need each other.
In addition, negotiations to set up a Palestinian state now appear dormant after a recent American attempt to revive them.
As never before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his settlement allies in Israel can be more supportive of the Arab Peace Initiative, a package of proposals offered in 2002 soon after the 9/11 hoax and subsequent NATO attacks in Mideast. The Arab Peace plan is based on 1967 when Israel occupied Arab lands, offered Arab recognition of Israel if it gave up all land taken in the 1967 war and agreed to a “just solution” for Palestinians.
Dreaming about a greater Israel in West Asia through expansionist war strategies, Israel was then cold and mute about the Arab peace offer at the time even through Saudi Arabia and its partners in the Gulf had stuck their necks out. Israeli leaders expected Washington not only to help Israel retain those occupied lands but also its further expansionist ideas in West Asia and it has pursued it with vigor. Overt and awkward US backing for the Zionist regime with regular supply of terror goods to Tel Aviv has been a major stumping block for peace in the region.
Even though the Arab Spring of 2011 has largely failed, it may not, however, have left behind some appreciation for Israel’s hatred for peace, its racist democracy on the Arab street.
Peace has to start somewhere even if it begins with the old notion that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Just look at how Dore’s thinking has changed to view positively about Arabs in fighting an Islamic Iran. Just 12 years ago he wrote a book titled “Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism.” Now he refers to that desert kingdom as an ally.
However, the praise of Arabs by their sworn foe Israel is a new trend born out of necessity to use Sunni Arabs against Shi’a Arabs led by Iran.
That is exactly all about the US policy in West Asia and elsewhere!
There cannot be any real love and concern in Israel for Arab nations or Islam, unless the Jews prove it otherwise!
Will Israel and Arab world become allies anytime in future?