They can’t let their populations know they’re doing it, but the leaders of several Gulf States are in high-level discussions with Israel over the overarching threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
This may have been what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was alluding to at the UN last week, when he said, “The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in our region have led many of our Arab neighbors to recognize, finally recognize, that Israel is not their enemy.”
He imbued these discussions with the possibility of overcoming “the historic animosities,” between Israel and the Arabs, saying he hopes “that our common interests and common challenges will help us forge a more peaceful future.”
That would be nice, but I don’t see it happening that way.
The regional conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims sweeping the Middle East has “increased friction” between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to reports, and the enormity of the existential threat presented by a nuclear-armed Iran has lowered the traditional, regional anti-Semitic barrier that keeps the Arabs from “speaking” to the Jews, at least temporarily, but only at the highest levels.
These Arab States have no diplomatic ties with Jerusalem, but share with it “the concern that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s new diplomatic outreach will fool the US,” leading to an arrangement allowing for “less than the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program,” according to reports.
“All governments in the moderate Sunni states, especially in the Gulf, are very worried about the thaw in relations between the US and Iran,” a senior Israeli official is quoted telling the Haaretz newspaper. “They’re afraid that the American-Iranian deal will come at their expense. There’s pressure not only in Jerusalem, but in the Gulf as well.”
“The broader fear” is that the US will fall for this new Iranian tactic and allow the mullahs “to recreate the Persian Empire,” spreading their dark cloud across the region, according to a United With Israel report.
Here’s what I see happening.
This new cooperation will be kept under wraps, as is much of the aid and support Israel spreads around the world, for fear the decades of hateful, Anti-Semitic propaganda delivered to them will cause these country’s populations to prevent them from helping. This strategy allows Israel to do the good work it seeks to do, but does nothing to combat the negative impression some intentionally spread about her and the Jews around the world.
It is because of this anti-Semitic propaganda that the Gulf States are now afraid to come out publically with this new cooperation, for fear of driving their own people, poisoned for so long with anti-Semitism, to revolt, and make matters worse.
While I totally believe these Arab potentates see and recognize the same real threat Israel does, they and the rest of the Arab/Muslim world have created such a pervasive, all-encompassing anti-Semitic environment, they won’t have time to change it even if they tried, before it’s too late. So, what I predict will happen is that Israel will “act alone” as Netanyahu has said she will if necessary, but with the secret, silent, deniable backing of much of the Arab world and elsewhere. These nations will reap the benefits of Israel’s taking the risks and the blame for solving the problem, but will join the rest of the anti-Semitic world in publically condemning it.
I hope I’m wrong.
Have PoliticalMavens.com delivered to your inbox in a daily digest by clicking here