Kuwaiti Ahmed Al-Jarallah, the Arab Times Editor-in-Chief, recently all but stated plainly that the Palestinians should not be supported. If this view is shared by the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, then this is a significant development in the Middle East’s geopolitical partnerships. It may indicate movement toward a more durable peace begun by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner with the historic Abraham Accords.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Obama caused massive destabilization across the Middle East. He upheld Iran’s nuclear program and delivered pallets of cash to the mullahs. His red line in Syria was drawn in crayon, and he never halted ISIS’s spread and got behind the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring.
Some countries began seeing as a possible partner against Iran, ISIS, and Muslim Brotherhood fanaticism.
Trump and the Abraham Accords opened a door for moderate Islamic countries to work with Israel. It is conditioned on their ability to restrain and monitor their radical strains inside their countries. Saudi Arabia was not part of the Abraham Accords. A strong Saudi partner may change the equation, but recent threats and drone bombings by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in KSA and the UAE.
Blood and treasure have been spent attempting to reconcile relationships between Muslim states and Israel. Newer developments may encourage the Arab Peninsula countries to cast off the Palestinians as part of their national interests. If they withdraw financial support and refuse to object to Israeli military action, this will only become the case. The second condition is less likely.
Americans often think of Arab countries as uniformly supporting extremism. And the Palestinian people have been used as a thorn in the side of Israel for generations. Things are changing in the Middle East. Talk that the Palestinians are thankless right now is an ideal opportunity to cut them off.
Many Middle Eastern Arabs like Egypt are unwilling to offer financial or military support for the Palestinians. They build a big, beautiful wall along the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian land in West Bank is part of Jordan, per the 1924 League of Nations agreement. It is the sticking point, and the land should be absorbed and split by nations who abide by international agreements. But who will deal with the socialist radical terrorist element breed in generations of hatred in the alleys of Gaza, Khan Yunis, Jabalia, or Hebron?
Palestinians too often reveal the Gulf sheiks and criticize the Arab countries seeking to function in the world economy. Gulf nationals must stop sending them aid. And they must figure out are they willing to fight for the legacy of Yasser Arafat and wars of the 1970s or live for today and the future of Muslim children and families. Palestinians stick with Iranian Houthi rebels. They reject the Gulf Cooperation Council and celebrate the terrorist, Qasem Soleimani.
Ahmed Al-Jarallah wrote, “The way of freedom goes through Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Riyadh, and Doha.” These are the capitals of the advanced Gulf nations like the UAE, Bahrain, KSA, and Qatar, and leaders of these nations must transform and change the Middle East with a vision of a brighter and integrated Arab future.