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Many other Arab countries are waiting to see what President Biden intends to do about this project.

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Although recent speculation has been dismissed, recognizing Israel would benefit the political, strategic and economic conditions of Pakistan. (Photo: cfpss.org)

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Normalisation

In Part 2, I presented the details of the normalisation process involving Israel and four Arab states have not moved further. To the contrary, Qatar and Pakistan have refused to join in Saudi Arabia’s joining is subject to a condition that for all intents and purposes amounts to a refusal.

Professor Uzi Rabi reminds us that Qatar established trade relations with Israel in 1996, recently renamed “normalisation of relations”. In 2000, the Qatari authorities closed down Israel’s trade office. In 2009, in response to Operation Cast Lead against Hamas, Qatar permanently severed trade relations with Israel.

At the latest since then, Qatar instead chose to, has and values a close working relationship with Turkey, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and a comfortable one with Iran with whom she shares one of the world’s largest, if not the largest sea oilfields. In this regard, the Saudi statement that the reconciliation agreement settled all matters in issue turns out to be less than accurate.

Pakistan’s rejection, took a curious turn as it followed the public declaration of a top Pakistani political and religious leader Maulana Muhammed Khan Sherani who is reported to have said: “The land of Israel belongs to the Jews. It is not for Palestinians…This is an international issue. I support recognition of Israel. Educated need to understand that the Quran and history prove to us that the Land of Israel belongs only to Jews. King David built the houses of God in Jerusalem for the Israelis and not for the Palestinians.”

Unfortunately, his views did not convince the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who the following day declared: “The defining situation in Palestine is “exactly the same situation in Indian-administered Kashmir. He is reported to have further stressed that his country cannot recognise Israel and what Israel has done to Palestine.”

According to an Israeli official, Saudi Arabia has declared that there will be no peace agreement with Israel without progress on the Palestinian issue. Worse, the Saudis have cut off all behind-the- scenes coordination with Israel.

I suspect that the many other Arab countries which Prime Minister Netanyahu claims to be in line for normalisation are waiting to see what President Biden intends to do about this project.

More specifically, I suspect they must be waiting to see whether President Biden will be as generous as his predecessor to induce, some would say “to buy” them to come onside. The latest news from Mr. Biden is that he intends to carry on with the normalisation program. At all events, certainly the countries that bought into the normalisation process, which as I pointed out, is fundamentally of a commercial nature, have not ,by any means, become true friends and allies of Israel.

Hence, when the matter of the resolution of the Palestinian Israeli conflicts is revived, in the light of the insistent position of the European Union and very probably that of United States that Israel must withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the normalised Arab countries are most unlikely to argue otherwise regardless of the considerable benefits provided by the Accords.

Further, Saudi Arabia having staked out her position in its peace formula advanced in 2002, would feel deeply offended if the formula was not adopted in whole or for the most part. In this connection, it is noteworthy that the current meetings of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan to revive the peace process have publicly entertained the possibility of adopting the Saudi Plan as the solution to the conflict.

Question: Did President Trump get his priorities right in securing a stable peaceful Middle-East through the Accords?

I submit that the President missed the opportunity to inject a far more enduring stable and normalised relations peace in the region.

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This particularly is the case since Iran would never give up its pursuit of acquiring an atomic arsenal and judging by the way they went about breaching the terms of the JCPOA during the first five years of the accord, there is no reason to believe that they will not continue to breach it until they acquire the assets for mass destruction presently estimated to be 30 months in the ordinary course of working towards this end and less than two years if Iran carries on at the current accelerated speed.

The opportunity in question was to destroy the entire infrastructure, machinery and means to produce the dreaded bomb, the atomic warheads, the ballistic missile enterprise and the military installations that support these projects.

Had the U.S. and Israel done that not on Iran but also Hezbollah, Hamas and its ilk, the Houthis and the Shiite \Militia in Iraq and Syria would have been out of business.

Why then hasn’t anyone attacked Iran’s nuclear sites despite the clear and present danger posed by a nuclear Iran to American national interests and general international security? Dr. Albert Wolf who posed this question provides the answer: Iran has the means to deter such an enterprise through what he calls “deterrence by punishment”; that is to say it would rely on punishment to raise the costs of victory in hopes of convincing the U.S to give up. Dr. Wolf illustrates this strategy as follows: Should Israel attack one or more known nuclear installations Iran would retaliate through groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

The legacy of President Trump

President Trump leaves behind a mixed long term legacy, where the short term positives may well be negated by the long term negatives or defeated by his successor’s policies and actions. I propose to address some of these in the subsequent Part of this paper in the context of President Biden’s approach to and handling of the current and long term critical issues in the Middle-East.

US President Donald Trump is seen with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after unveiling details of Trump’s Middle East peace plan on Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House)

What Now for Israel?

The question reminds me of an old joke, with which or a variation of which, the reader may be familiar:

After G-d describes to Moses the Promised Land of milk and honey he intends to bestow upon his Israeli children; Archangel Gabriel asks G-d whether He is not giving them too much. G-d replied: Yes, but wait till you find out the neighbourhood where the land is located, and in their midst.

G-d did not want to spoil the occasion by further adding that: both the neighbourhood and the Promised lands share shifting sands and sand dunes.

In the meantime  – Israel’s Good News

Certainly, the problems and challenges facing Israel are multiple, many are intertwined, hard to handle, and the potential consequences of making mistakes frightening.

In the premises, it is imperative for the Jews of the Diaspora to unite in our support of Israel and do everything and all we can all the time to manifest our solidarity.

In the process let us never forget that in the history of the world, no single people,-one of the small ones at that, despite all the misfortunes inflicted upon it over the last 20 centuries and more ,has contributed and will continue to contribute to the well-being, advancement and happiness of humanity, as the Jewish people, did and continues to do. And these include the Jewish Jesus and the Jewish Bible. Jews are indeed G-d’s gift to humanity.

As Israel goes through handling all the challenging issues and tough problems it faces and will continue to face for the foreseeable future some may disturb our piece of mind and keep us awake at night praying for Israel’s success. So, I suggest that every week we sit down and click on www.verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/VerygoodnewsIL to remind ourselves what Israel and Israelis are all about what and how much we and the world owe them.

Here is a sampling of the most recent very good news from Israel:

Israeli surgeons used a new Israeli device to unblock the heart valve of a 96-year-old woman. An Israeli Arab’s sight was restored by the first transplant of an Israeli artificial cornea. Despite Covid, Israel is still repairing the hearts of children from Gaza. Intel announced two more Israeli-developed microprocessors. An Israeli car safety device prevents its gas tank from catching fire. An Israeli company is to modernize the training of the Royal Navy. An Israeli is Belgium’s soccer Player of the Year.

On the eve of the Biden presidency, Israel faces a good number of difficult challenges. These will be addressed in the next segment, Part 4, as I identify both the domestic and the foreign policy challenges.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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