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AUGUST 2022

Always A Major Middle Eastern Power, Israel Now Takes Centre Stage

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Always A Major Middle Eastern Power, Israel Now Takes Centre Stage

Written by James M. Dorsey

A straightforward message emerged from this week’s meeting in the Negev desert of the foreign ministers of four Arab countries, Israel and the United States: Israel is key to the security of Gulf autocracies and continued US engagement in the Middle East.

It may be a message that on the surface holds out the promise of reduced regional tension, the beginning of a rejiggering of the region’s security architecture, and the Middle East’s increased ability to fend for itself increasingly.

A look under the hood suggests that there may be less to the façade the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, Israel, and the United States are erecting.

What emerges from the lifting of the hood is that Gulf states, including the UAE, once described as ‘Little Sparta’ by former US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis because of its military prowess, are unable to defend themselves against external threats despite being among the world’s foremost buyers of the most sophisticated weaponry.

They are also less likely than Israel to keep the United States engaged in the Middle East when Washington sees its critical national security challenges elsewhere.

The UAE, like Saudi Arabia, has yet to launch a successful foreign military venture or successfully impregnate its territory against attacks by foreign adversaries. The UAE partially withdrew from the seven-year-old Yemen war without achieving its military objectives despite leaving local proxies behind, while Saudi Arabia is looking for a face-saving end to the conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday declared a one-month ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan during a summit of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council that groups Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Yemen’s Houthi rebels refused to join the meeting because it was held in Riyadh, the capital of one of the war’s main protagonists.

Meanwhile, the two Gulf states have been unable to protect their infrastructure and oil facilities from missile and drone attacks by the rebels and potentially by Iran itself.

Israel’s importance to the Arab states was highlighted by the fact that the first-ever such gathering, particularly on Israeli soil, was convened by the Jewish state rather than the UAE, for example, and held in the home of David Ben Gurion, a founder and the first prime minister of Israel.

To be sure, the Ukraine crisis has brought the Middle East’s significance back to the fore, whether it relates to the diversification of the supply of oil and gas to Europe, the Middle East’s impact on security beyond its borders, or stability in an era of defiance and dissent with the rise of the spectre of food riots in various Middle Eastern countries because of a spike in commodity prices.

By agreeing to attend a gathering in the home kibbutz of Mr. Ben Gurion, whom Palestinians hold co-responsible for their plight, Arab foreign ministers were further underlining Israeli power in the region.

They also ignored the fact that the series of killings in recent days of Israelis by apparent Palestinian lone wolves suggests that the Palestinians are as much part of Israel and the region’s security equation as is Iran, the Houthis, or Lebanon’s Shiite militia-cum-political party, Hezbollah.

The killings occurred on the eve of a month of major religious Muslim, Jewish, and Christian holidays that could spark emotions at sensitive sacred sites in Jerusalem.

Moreover, the Palestinians and others will have noted that at a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominates headlines, three of the six participants in the summit – Israel, the UAE, and Morocco – occupy foreign lands and/or have intervened militarily in conflicts beyond their borders.

King Abdullah of Jordan, together with Sudan, the two other Arab countries that have recognized Israel, made a point of visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on the West Bank on the day of the summit rather than joining the gathering. Israel conquered the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel’s importance is not simply its military and technological prowess and its ability and willingness, in contrast to the United States, to confront Iran in Iran itself as well as in Syria and cyberspace, but also that it is the only Middle Eastern country that can boast a significant grassroots popular base in the United States.

That gives Israel the kind of sway in Washington that cannot be obtained by spending millions of dollars on the services of public relations and lobbying firms.

It also means that amid the suggestion that the United States may be reducing its commitment to the Middle East to better focus on the Indo-Pacific and Europe in the wake of Ukraine, Israel is the one regional state that will retain Washington’s full attention.

As a result, Israel is increasingly likely to play a part, and already frequently has, not only in regional security but in relations between the United States and various Arab states on multiple issues, including arms sales.

“Ben-Gurion would have been proud that, given Arab perceptions that the US is engaged in retrenching in the Mideast, it is Israel being welcomed by key Arab states, expanding its regional profile and at least partly filling that void,” said Washington Institute for Near East Policy analyst and former US official David Makovsky.

 

Dr. James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and scholar, a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and Adjunct Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the author of the syndicated column and blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.

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Mark

The Washington and NATO states struggle to steal oil and gas from Middle East but God have given this gift only to the Arab Muslim countries. If unfortunately the Washington and NATO states occupy the oil and gas fields of the Arab nations as they have already done, then all wells will dry and they will get nothing. Israel tried to milk the occupied Arab lands for several years but they got nothing.

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Ceasar

“If unfortunately the Washington and NATO states occupy the oil and gas fields of the Arab nations as they have already done, then all wells will dry and they will get nothing.” => What is this ?

Gunth3r

Remember when Putin supported the so-called “War on Terror”? You don’t, do you? Were you even alive back then, or were you old enough to remember when they got along under Bush (before 2008) and Obama (before 2013)?

https://t.me/eternalduginists/1408

https://odysee.com/@KievanRus:b/west-alt-media-coopted-by-kremlin:4

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Abu Muhammad Allah جثث فاسدة مصاصة الديك

You get to wake up your lazy gods and put them to work.

Deschutes

What utter rubbish this article is! “Israel the major middle eastern power”!? Nonsense. If it weren’t for over 2 BILLION in U.S. military and financial “aid” every year, Israel would be nothing. Without American backing, Israel would be nothing. Further, Israel is an apartheid land stealing regime which is illegally stealing Palestinian land and constantly committing genocide against a trapped, defenseless Palestinian populace. This idiot author Dorsey doesn’t even mention or acknowledge these facts. Who is the idiot zionist who posted this garbage propaganda article here? They need to pull their head out of their ass and stop brown-nosing the zionist scum.

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Luci

My sane sentiments when I read this bucket of zio filth.

Jesse Morgans

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 $𝟴𝟰, 𝟴𝟮𝟱𝟰 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟮𝟱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝟭𝟬 𝘁𝗼 𝟱𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯…𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗯 𝗦𝗶𝘁𝗲……http://foxnews7.tk/

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Ahmed

You jew loving Kremlin bots Israel will soon become a thing of the past and all the isreal supporting jews and non jews will be ruled over by their God assigned master overlords.

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Yypp

Muslims follow idiot Muhammad so that’s why they don’t develop whereas Jews follow knowledge.Muslims will remain backwards and will keep on killing each other unless they burn their qurans and forgot about prophet Muhammad who is burning in hell fire

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Zionism is Prostate Cancer

You follow cock. You follow cock in your ass. You follow cock in your mouth. That’s why you’re a Zionist whore 💩🇮🇱💩

Jnoub

Iran is one of the most developed countries in the world in science, medicine and military. Your Arab allies aren’t like Iran because those Arabs are puppets and USA won’t allow them to develop, why do you think after the Iranian revolution Iran went from having 0 inventions and being a puppet to being one of the leading countries in inventions and self sufficiency?

JJ345

I’m sure he is one of those morons who say “Islam was born in KSA”.

Porc halal

People think judaism and islamism are different, they think jews and arabs\muslims are different…that’s the biggest mistake ever! They are the same shit! Period!

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Abu Muhammad Allah جثث فاسدة مصاصة الديك

All these religions are disgusting. Mentally one must be confused if one indulges in worshiping gods. Straighten up and try to repair your mind that was destroyed in early childhood. Being pushed into a fantasy religion should be illegal.

James M. Dorsey (AKA Zionist Whore)

Hey folks, I make 100,000 shekels per hour, sucking cock and taking it up the ass. Being a Zionist whore gives me the satisfaction of lying with a straight face, because when I go home at night to molest some kids, I know my ass has been ripped apart all day 🍆 if you want to be a two-shekel hasbra whore like me, join us here in israhell, where nappy’s are mandatory and tranny’s and pedophiles are most welcome 24/7 😘

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Jnoub

I don’t consider Israel as a major middle Easter power. They do have weapons and allies with logistics who’ll help, but let’s be honest that’s not enough. Israel and NATO fucked up by letting Hezbollah grow. They say Hezbollah hasn’t attacked Israel in 16 years implying they lost, but that’s complete opposite. Since the 2006 war Hezbollah has become so strong they have more missiles than nato, and amongst the strong 5% of world powers. They have the best strategic depth in the ME (Iran as well). They have bases and ammunition factories in countries surrounding Israel, and have weapons set in places including NATO countries that can hit home land within (using sleep agents) Israel will lose support when Hezbollah and Iran start targeting USA for example during a war, because Iran has stated they have the resources and will be able to hit the White House, if that works and US military men start dying, you think people will support Israel?

Israel knows their Arab allies are useless, it’s obvious. If the arab allies were useful, with the oil money they sold their souls for, they’d be able to get shit done. Arab allies are forced to buy weapons from the pentagon, making them at the mercy of USA. Big reason why Iran was targeted after the revolution was because before the revolution Shah built the Iranian military off of solely US technology. This put Iran at their mercy because USA knows the flaws of their technology and is easily able to destroy Iran military. Now Iran is independent and has proved that their missiles can evade US technology. Back to the allies, the Arabs are cannon fodders, Israel can’t rely on incompetent saudis and UAE, they’re too stupid. This will help Iran, Houthis and Hezbollah because those Arab allies will tap out quick after we hit their oil refineries and possibly try to expel American and Israelis out of their bases. This will leave Israel alone because NATO doesn’t have enough military assets to help Israel for a long time, by the time NATO sends reinforcements, israel will be done.

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S Balu

James Dorsey shows his zionist credentials by referring zionist entity as Jewish state which it not it is a zionist entity occupied by zionist who have no relations with Middle East or no Semitic DNA Secondly he refers to zionist technological superiority over Arabs this is DERIVED BY STEALING TECHNICAL RESEARCH THAT IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN USA,EUROPE ETC minute this is removed zionist entity IS ZERO These Arab despots are propped up by USA security apparatuses and are imposed this can not last long

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John Adams

Israel is the enemy of mankind. It needs to be erased off the Earth.

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James Dorsey Jew cuck fiend.

Looking for kosher meat bananas. I sell my a-hole for 30 shekels a day.

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JJ345

Again people, it is from the same fuking clown that pays SF to post his shit. James M. Dorsey – you see that name you don’t read.

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JJ345

Also, like Ukraine – Zion are nothing without NATO+Yanquis support.

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