Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have discovered, to their chagrin, that America is no longer a reliable ally. Obama has pivoted toward the mullahs in Iran and has given them gobs of money to underwrite terrorism. He has also put them on a glide path to a nuclear weapon.
Recently, Debka reported that if Iran chooses to ignore some of the terms of the nuclear agreement with America, it could have a nuclear weapon by the end of next year.
Good work, Barack.
The regions other powers are now forming a new alliance, one that involves Israel with the Sunni states. P. David Hornik reported:
… Israel and Saudi Arabia have common enemies in the region, and with American power withdrawing, Israel’s power constantly growing, ISIS threatening, and the Obama administration having paved a path to nuclear weapons for Iran, the Saudis—like Egypt, Jordan, and other Sunni states—are casting their troubled gaze toward Jerusalem.
Recently a senior Saudi official travelled to Israel. He issued the following, rather shocking statement:
The Israeli society that I encountered embraces a culture of peace, has accomplishments it wants to (protect), wants coexistence, and wants peace.
Hornik puts these remarks in context:
Those words weren’t spoken by an enthused congressman after a trip to Israel. They were spoken to BBC Arabic by Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim, director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Policy in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, and a member of a Saudi delegation that recently visited Israel.
The delegation, which included academics and businessmen, was led by Dr. Anwar Eshki, a retired Saudi general and former top adviser to the Saudi government. About a year earlier Eshki had shaken hands and shared a stage in Washington with Israeli Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold—seen as a major breakthrough at the time. But a public visit to Israel of this kind, which could only have been carried out with the approval of the highest level of the Saudi government, is a historical first and still has a taste of the surreal to it.
There is more to the new alliance. Yossi Melman, an Israeli commentator, remarks:
[O]n a covert level, according to foreign reports, the ties being cultivated are even more fascinating. Intelligence Online reported that Israel is selling intelligence equipment, as well as control and command centers, to the Saudi security forces. Previously, it had been reported in the foreign media that the heads of the Mossad, the organization responsible for Israel’s covert ties, met with their Saudi counterparts. Media outlets affiliated with Hezbollah even reported that officers from the two countries’ armies had met.
Still, considering that Israel and Sunni Arab states used to fight wars every few years, a reality of nonbelligerency and pragmatic ties is a major improvement for Israel. Whoever is the next U.S. president might want to cooperate with the Israeli-Sunni alliance against Iran instead of giving the mullahs a "sunset clause" leading to nuclear night.
I have often said that, for the Middle East, Israel is the solution, not the problem. Recently, Saudi Arabia has begun working on an economic development plan that will help the kingdom survive the end of the oil boom. Saudis know that one day the oil will dry up or the oil market will collapse. In their effort to develop other sectors of their economy, they are smart to turn to Israel and not to the Palestinian Authority.
True enough, the Saudis insist that normal relations cannot occur without there being peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And yet, doing business together is surely the first step toward normal relationships. Why dir out foreign policy elites not think of it? Why do they continue to insist that peace can only be obtained when Israel offers more concessions to terrorists?