Sunni Arab States and Israel: Allies?

With Iran and the agreement becoming the common enemy in the Middle East, the Director of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold, referred to the Sunni Arab states in the region as Israel’s allies

Sunni Arab States and Israel: Allies?

The Director of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold, referred to the Sunni Arab states in the region as Israel’s allies. The comment was made during a presentation in New York. Referring to common complaints about the Iran deal and the dangers that it poses to the people that are traditionally rivals with Iran, Gold said, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors, and you know what? I’ll use another expression: that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.”

Speculation of the effects that the Iran deal would have on Israel’s foreign policy with its Arab neighbors has been rampant. There has been the widespread theory that Israel may be able to cut through old hatreds with this deal, with Iran and the agreement becoming the common enemy in the Middle East. Israel continues to poster in this way, with rhetoric that sounds very promising, especially regarding Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia used to be one of Israel’s favorite targets for accusation of state sponsored terrorism. Animosity was the kindest way to put the relationship between the two states. This summer, though, has seen rumors of secret talks and even a visit to Israel by the Saudi Prince, and warming relationships between the two states. This public statement of trust in the Sunni Arab states of the region, in particular Saudi Arabia, is a major step forward, and for some can be seen as a silver lining to a deal they might not approve of.

Speaking of the path moving forward for Israel with the Iran agreement, Gold detailed what he saw as his state’s job. Right now he feels there is a need for Israel to warn the world of what they see as a dangerous agreement for the world. If approved though, Israel must work with the international community, especially the United States, and deal with any repercussions. 

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