To take the example of NATO and to create a military Alliance called on Arabs not just anywhere, but in Israel – for the sake of confronting their common enemy Iran. The idea of an “Arab NATO” may be put in an awkward situation not only Saudi Arabia, but even Russia, for which important relations with both Israel and Iran. Meanwhile, the implementation of such projects is threatened by the Middle East war.
Israel on Tuesday urged Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries to create a defensive Alliance on the principle of NATO. However, the call was not the voice of the Israeli foreign Ministry and the Ministry of defence, and as the stands were used not Arab and not Israeli, and German press.
“The Union of Saudi Arabia with Israel will be perceived negatively in the Arab world. It would be better if the proposal came from the U.S.“
“The time has come openly to organize a formal Union, a coalition of all the moderate forces in the middle East against terrorism”, – said the Minister of defense, at the same time the leader of the party “Israel Our home” Avigdor Lieberman. Moderate Sunni States feel that “the greatest danger to them are not Israel, not Zionism, and Iran,” the Minister told the newspaper Die Welt. According to him, the partners of such an Alliance can be both Muslims and Jews or Christians.
All bold ideas “to start somewhere”
An example of such an Alliance Lieberman called NATO. “This coalition needs to be real commitment. Look at NATO. The basis of the Alliance lies the principle that each country is ready both to defend and to accept protection from other countries,” – said Lieberman. While Israel could help the Arab countries with military technology and modernization of their armies. “Moderate Arab countries need Israel for their survival more than Israel needs them”, – quotes the Minister Deutsche Welle.
Press Secretary Lieberman on the line of the party “Israel Our home” Michael Feigin in comments to the newspaper OPINION noted that, according to what was said the Saudi representative Adel al-Jubeir at a recent conference in Munich and in Saudi Arabia, and generally in the Arab world understand that the main enemy of all civilized moderate forces in the middle East remains Iran. “The coalition against Iran, which is sponsoring global terror, it is theoretically possible”, – says Feigin. In his opinion, it is difficult to say which countries could join this coalition, but theoretically it could be all Arab countries who see the danger from Iran.
This country, we recall, is a longtime rival Iran – Saudi Arabia.
The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily a friend
“Saudi Arabia put in an awkward situation such a proposal for Israel,” – said the newspaper VIEW former long-term correspondent of TASS in Saudi Arabia, familiar with the members of the Royal family orientalist Konstantin Dudarev. He acknowledged that the interests of Israel and Saudi Arabia to Iran do the same. But the Kingdom and the Jewish state, despite the presence of a common enemy, remain at enmity – “in a sense at war”.
“The Union of Saudi Arabia with Israel will be perceived negatively in the Arab world. It would be better if the proposal came from the United States. In recent times, there were reports that Saudi Arabia secretly supported Israel some contacts in connection with the topic of Iran. But it is unlikely in this situation Saudi Arabia would agree to an open Alliance with Israel. She may lose the role of leader of the Arab and the Muslim world”, – said the orientalist.
As he wrote in mid-February the Israeli newspaper “Vesti”, while Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations, it did not prevent them to demonstrate in Munich a United front against Iran. However, Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir declined to answer when he was asked to comment on the call of Israel to a joint action against Iran.
The idea of an “Arab NATO” wanders in the region for a long time. The last time her supporters revived two years ago – with early intervention in Yemen. As the newspaper VIEW, in March 2015, the foreign Ministers of the Arab League even approved a resolution on “United Arab army”, which, in particular, was to include the troops as in the Gulf countries and Egypt and Jordan. Then the idea stalled again.
Soon after the departure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Washington American newspaper Wall Street Journal has extended the informal information that the administration of Donald trump talks with Arab allies about the formation of a military Alliance against Iran, which, for example, will share intelligence with Israel.
However, already then many analysts do not believe in the idea of such a Union, and the spread of such rumors attributed the same to Israel. Perhaps tel-Aviv is hoped that this initiative will speak in Washington, but did not wait, and then Lieberman openly called on Arabs to create “their own NATO.”
The Iranians are “not as effective armed”
However, other experts do not rule out the temporary Alliance of the Saudi Kingdom and the Jewish state. “There were reports of private talks between the intelligence services of the Gulf countries and Israel, but middle East policy – this is generally a bundle of contradictions”, – said the newspaper VIEW Iranist Tofik Abbasov.
As noted Abbasov, in favor of such an Alliance was to say, first, a long-standing hostility between the Gulf States and Iran. “Even during the reign of Shah Riyadh has put forward a claim to Tehran on the delimitation of the continental shelf in the Persian Gulf, there were many other controversial issues,” – said the orientalist. In addition, the analyst believes, in favor of an Alliance can play a fear factor. “Gulf countries have more fear of Iran. The Iranians are less rich, and not efficiently armed, still have a more efficient army and greater mobility in the diplomatic field”, – he believes.
But while the idea of an Alliance is very “raw”. According to the Iranist, more effective would be anti-Iranian bilateral Alliance between the Saudi Arabia and Israel. If the Alliance includes more than two people, he would instantly become a victim of the internal contradictions of the middle East elites and disintegrate.
In case such an Alliance was likely to be exacerbated until the open war with Iran, considers the orientalist. “Iran for Russia is a real and promising economic partner. At the same time, for Moscow’s friendship with the Jewish state is no less important. In addition, Saudi Arabia also now trying to flirt with the Kremlin”, – he reminded. Therefore, according to the analyst, in the case of the creation of such an Alliance, Russia should use all diplomatic levers to prevent open armed conflict.