Israel still not in danger of peace

Israël is still not in danger of peace


Sunni Saudi Arabia reconciles with its regional and religious adversary, Shia Iran under the aegis of China.

Agreement restores relations diplomatic relations between the two countries and reactivates their security cooperation. It also revives the 1998 agreement covering their economic, technological, scientific, cultural and sporting links. This Chinese diplomatic stunt is making it harder for US and Israeli efforts to build a regional anti-Iranian coalition as Tehran moves to develop nuclear weapons.

A clear setback for Israel< /strong>

The deal goes against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's main foreign policy goals: to isolate Iran and establish diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has already had secret security and business relations with Israel for some time. 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called the resumption of relations between Tehran and Riyadh a serious defeat for Netanyahu. It risks reducing the chances of bringing Saudi Arabia into the Abraham Accords, negotiated under the aegis of Trump, whose objective was to isolate Iran by bringing Arab countries to sign agreements diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel.

In 2020, Israel normalized its relations with three Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. Their leaders believed that the economic and security benefits obtained from Israel were more important than solidarity with the Palestinian people. They could now reconsider their decision.

Netanyahu put in trouble

The agreement comes as Israel is plunged into the most serious political crisis of its history. story.

Netanyahu and his far-right government want to give politicians control of the judicial system at the expense of the country's Supreme Court.

He has a personal interest in doing so. It would allow him to overturn any court decision against him. He is currently charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. 

If found guilty, he would be, after Ehud Olmert, the second Israeli prime minister to serve a prison sentence.

His move sparked unprecedented mass protests in Israel, testing Israel's relationship not only with the White House, but also with American Jews.

The Jewish Federations of North America, a philanthropic giant that raises $3 billion a year, sent a letter to Netanyahu opposing his bill. But the main Israeli lobby in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has still not taken a position.

The Saudis have cards to play

According to the New York Times, in exchange for normalizing relations with Israel, Riyadh would want US help in developing a civilian nuclear program and fewer restrictions on purchases of American weapons.

The agreement could also reactivate the Saudi offer to sign a peace agreement with Israel if the Jewish state accepts the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.&nbsp ;

Conditions that would be dismissed out of hand by Netanyahu, but which would allow Riyadh to score points. 

Israel is still not in danger of peace