Obama’s Betrayal of Israel and the Arabian Gulf Countries
By Dr. Edy Cohen, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
President Obama has abandoned Israel and the Arabian Gulf countries, just as he abandoned Iraq in 2011. The nuclear agreement that was recently concluded in Vienna, between Iran and the P5+1 group, validates criticism about the promises to the Israeli government and the U.S. Jewish lobby that Obama has broken in recent years - promises by which Obama pledged that America was committed to Israel’s security, and that it would support its allies in the Arabian Gulf region and Middle East. The direct spillover of this agreement has manifested very clearly, between strategic partners Israel and the U.S., and the calamitous agreement has engendered the equivalent of pouring oil on to the fire of tensions between Obama and Israeli head of state Benjamin Netanyahu. But the most important question raised, here, is who America’s allies are, today, in the Middle East.
Obama has betrayed Israel and Jews no more so than he has betrayed the Arabian Gulf countries, and a deep schism has formed between him and these countries. This is a schism that has not just manifested after conclusion of the agreement; it has prevailed since the start of negotiations between the P5+1 group and Tehran, and over the past few years. The nuclear agreement is weakening Israel, just as it is weakening the Arabian Gulf countries, and it will lead to an upheaval of security and stability in the countries of the Middle East, most especially in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.
It is Iran who established Hizballah in Lebanon, and who is financing and arming it, to this day, with ever more advanced weapons, in order to turn Shi’ites into a more organized bloc equipped with militias, inside the country, so formidable that they now threaten the Lebanese Army and Lebanon’s stability.
Along similar lines, Iranian interference in the Gulf countries is clear, as well, from Iran’s 1971 occupation, during the era of the Shah (i.e., before the Iranian Revolution), of the United Arab Emirate’s Greater and Lesser Tunb islands, and its island of Abu Musa. To this day, the Arab League has not been able to resolve this crisis, and Iran continues to encroach on its Arab neighbors and threaten them. And so how is Iran likely to behave today, AFTER the nuclear agreement?
In the Kingdom of Bahrain, Iran is exerting great efforts to expand its influence, and Iran is claiming that Bahrain is subject to its authority. The Shi’ite minority in the Kingdom, moreover, is giving Iran an excuse for this claim. The Arabian Gulf countries today are preoccupied with their war against ISIS terrorism within their own borders, and on top of this, they are waging a war against the terrorist Shi’ite Houthis, who have revolted against lawful authority in Yemen, and sown strife among Yemenis. The Houthi militias have received both financial and military support from Iran. The killings and explosions taking place, today, in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain are the direct result of Obama’s betrayal. Over the course of three decades, Tehran has been able to achieve its goals and ambitions under various slogans, like “Shi’ite rights,” or so-called “resistance and struggle against Israel.” Through this political and media interference, Iran has mastered the game of trickery over Western countries, in order to strengthen its influence and attain realization of its goal of acquiring an atomic bomb. But all the Arabian Gulf countries know well that Israel is not the enemy of Arabs, and that it is Iran who is our common archenemy.
- End of Dr. Edy Cohen’s statement -
I confirm the soundness of the view expressed by Dr. Edy Cohen, in his capacity as an expert in the field of Middle Eastern studies and policy, and as he warns of the danger of Iran and its terrorism, and of its threat to the world as a whole. (Abdallah Al-Hadlaq)