New Friendship Blossoms Between Israel and the Arab States

Source: Global Village Space

Israel and Saudi Arabia have unlocked a new chapter in friendly relations. Better relations between these nations could lead to a completely new political power balance in the Middle East in a better positive way. Saudi Arabia and Israel have no legal diplomatic relations. 


In the past, the Saudis did not even recognize Israel as a state. This new wave of their alliance is a result of their common distrust of Iran. The popular saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ could probably sum up this situation as both Israel and the UAE view Iran as a common serious threat. 


Earlier Israel and the Sunni Arab states had a war in 1973 against each other. Now, after decades of hostility, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is trying to connect to his country’s former rivals.


Problem With Iran


Iran is also in a territorial dispute with the UAE and many other countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. Iran has continually vowed to destroy Israel and the UAE is part of a Gulf State. 


Both the countries Israel and the Arab states see Iranian nuclear weapons growth as harmful for their safety. This bond between Israel and the Gulf states is due to three main reasons.


The first reason is Iran and the geopolitics of the Middle East. There is no doubt that Israel and the Saudi-United Arab Emirates agree concerning their shared adversary in the area, which has given the shared opinion to create further security ties.


The second reason is the Gulf state's need for security and supervision platforms to guard their populations in the wake of the regional revolutions. Israel’s skill in such a manner has sharpened during its 51-year duty of the Palestinian regions and it is as modern as it comes.


Furthermore, regardless of the likelihood that Israel has incorporated indirect accesses into every one of its frameworks, and there are other accessible merchants, some Gulf states have become prepared consumers of Israeli innovation as an end product of their freshly discovered ties.


Lastly and most important is a deal of gulf states with Washington of maintaining security and peace in the Persian Gulf and allowing the unrestricted flow of oil to international markets for several decades.


In any case, these ties depend on their essential value-based force on building individual associations with powerful people in Washington as an option for lacking wide help among the American public.


Gadi Eizenkot, the chief of general staff of Israel's defence forces analyzed all his country's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Eizenkot clarified that Israel is ready for this new friendship and prepared to share information as well as intelligence stuff with Arab states. 


He made crystal clear about their country's relationship with Iran and said that Iran is the greatest threat to the nation.


UAE sees this as a worthy bond as they will together build a stronger resistance against Iran. Recently, Iran has become more aggressive and has fired rockets at the Saudi Arabian capital, the UAE’s neighbour, and reportedly firing on the UAE and other nations' oil tankers. 


Some countries opposed Israel regarding their treatment of Palestinians but now Mr. Netanyahu is determined to improve its relationship with other countries and also trying to rebuild its relations with Turkey.


Meanwhile, Israel has a highly competent army that has seen success in restricting Iran’s nuclear development. To face an Iranian threat, these two US associates have decided to work together.


But this agreement disregarded the prevailing framework that approval of the Palestinian state is mandatory for the opening of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Arab states. 


So many opposed this normalization as they feared that normalization with Israel would legitimize Israel and its policies towards Palestinians.


History of the Cold War Start Between Israel and the Arab States


From the beginning of Islam, Jewish societies existed and continually developed across the Arab world. But when Israel was founded, Arabs viewed Israel as the post-colonial invasion of Europeans so Israel found itself attacked.


The situation was so intolerable that it pushed many Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes and migrate to other Arab states which further encouraged Arab-Israeli wars in 1956, 1967, and 1973.


Though many cooperative links have existed unofficially between Israel and Arab states such as economic ties between Arab Gulf states and Israel but their mutual war against Iran brought them together.


Few days before President Donald Trump announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, leader of the UAE approved the full normalization of their relations which is the formalization of public relations. 


In the succeeding weeks, Israel and the UAE will come together to sign bilateral agreements to formalize their diplomatic ties and improve their cooperation.




Israel, the UAE, and other Gulf states highly disapproved of the Iran nuclear deal. As of now, we hope that the Arab-Israeli increasing alliance would be good news for some Jews as they will be more secure as visitors or residents in Arab countries and their friends share positivity in the surrounding.



Written by - Supriya Singh


Edited by - Christeena George

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