Strange Bedfellows
Israel’s Diplomatic Push in the Middle East

More evidence of a trend we have long been writing about in the Middle East, via the Financial Times:

Amid mounting concerns among Sunni Muslim nations about Iran’s influence, particularly in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, Israel is discreetly consulting on security with Arab powers, including those with whom it has no formal relations.

“The Sunni Arab states increasingly see the Middle East through the same prism as Israel,” Dore Gold, Israel’s acting foreign minister, told the Financial Times.

Israel is also offering European states its expertise in fighting terrorism following a string of Isis attacks in Europe, while normalising relations with some predominantly Muslim countries in Africa.

Americans somewhat narcissistically tend to think that our ‘auspices’ are necessary for diplomatic progress in the Middle East. But both Israel and its neighbors are quite capable of undertaking dramatic actions on their own. These days, with Israel, the Sunni Arab countries and Turkey all looking at the U.S. with various degrees of distrust, we should expect more of this kind of action in the region.

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