If the friend of my enemy is my enemy, then it certainly follows that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
That’s the only plausible explanation I can come up with for what you are about to read, as excerpted from Yassir Okbi’s article in the Jerusalem Post:
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who met late Monday night, resolved to encourage Arab nations to establish economic relations with Israel, the Al-Arabi Al-Jadidnewspaper reported Thursday.
Sisi and bin Salman also discussed the possibility of establishing an Arab Quartet with the participation of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority. However, a proposal to establish such a quartet was rejected last August by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who felt that the Egyptian president was urging him to make too many concessions to reach an agreement with Israel.
Why would Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia want to develop economic relations with Israel?
They certainly know that it will incur the wrath other Arab and non-Arab Muslim nations.
And it’s not like there’s any need to placate Israel in an effort to avoid hostilities: Egypt has had a successful peace treaty with Israel since 1979, ditto for Jordan since 1994, and Israel has never had any fighting war with Saudi Arabia in its history.
So what is their common ground?
I can tell you that in four letters. I, R, A and N.
Every one of these four countries is being threatened by Iran. Every one fears Iran’s nuclear capability – you know, the capability that Barack Obama’s “deal” was supposed to end, but, as everyone besides Mr. Obama and his lackeys/apologists realize, did no such thing.
So the tighter countries like Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia become with Israel – the one country among them whose military would be able to stand up to the Iran threat – the better off they would be. Not just in terms of safety, but economically as well.
And they may not be the only ones either. Don’t discount the possibility that more gulf states will follow for the same reason.
Strange bedfellows? I doubt you’ll find stranger ones than this quartet – maybe, soon, to be a quintet, sextet, etc.
May the strangeness continue to grow….