WRM’s latest op-ed in the WSJ is out: he takes a look at the Middle East as Iran and Western powers hash out a nuclear deal, to the dismay of Washington’s strongest Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia:
The two countries could instead forge an entente, informal or formal. Just as Saudi support for the coup in Egypt thwarted two years of painstaking if farcical American efforts to promote “a transition to democracy” in the land of the Nile, so the Saudis and Israelis could throw some serious wrenches in the Obama administration’s Iran strategy.Riyadh and Jerusalem have common interests that are not limited to preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The Saudis believe Iran is leading Shiites in a religious conflict with Sunnis now engulfing the Fertile Crescent. They fear that the Islamic Republic, nuclear or not, poses an existential threat to their security as the Shiite tide rises.Israel is less concerned about the Sunni-Shiite war, but the prospect of a Hezbollah-Tehran-Syria axis along its northern frontier is more than troubling. Both countries think that a naive Mr. Obama’s unicorn hunt for nuclear disarmament is leading him to sacrifice vital geopolitical interests in the hope of what will turn out to be a very bad nuclear deal with Iran.
Definitely read the whole thing. One of the most consequential effects of the Obama administration’s outreach to Iran has been alienating Jerusalem and Riyadh, both of whom have made no secret of their displeasure. We’ll be watching to see how those consequences materialize.