THE regional log of events has been set to Israel’s timing and it is being pushed by the coalition force with the United States of America.
This force sees Tel Aviv as being at the helm of the Middle East, as well as the defeat of the hostile camp and the tool to market the Israeli scheme to impose peace as per the Zionist perspective despite the change in the administration in America.
Hence, what is currently happening is the execution of Tel Aviv’s agenda through America’s submission; as the administration of Donald Trump is being drawn into the Zionist lobbies’ desires after achieving objectives indirectly through subversion of Iran in the region.
Before 1979, Iran’s regime was considered the regional police which forms the element of balance with Israel in confronting the Arabs. However, that role was clipped off when the Iranian Shah started aspiring for roles which were not in his script, prompting the US to gradually let go of him.
Because of this, the US favored Ayatollah Khomeini as the alternative to the Shah; thereby, making the Mullah regime the right wing of the other regional police — Israel.
Everyone realized that Khomeini set several objectives and all of them were in service of Israel’s strategy. These objectives include importation of revolution, destabilizing security of the Arabian Gulf, and attempts to hijack the Palestinian case by coming up with groups which have religious tendencies and are directly connected with Tehran. All these were meant to weaken the Arab nations.
In the war with Iraq which continued for eight years, both sides lost about four million including the dead, injured, crippled and missing; in addition to $600 billion of direct and indirect losses while the power of both militaries was drained.
What transpired at the time was in the core of the Zionist manifesto that former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion summarized during the opening of the nuclear reactor in 1963 in the city of Dimona.
The former prime minister explicitly said, “The nuclear weapon will never serve Israel in terms of controlling the region. Instead, the solution is to weaken the Arab countries through civil and internal conflicts, divide the three major Arab countries — Egypt, Iraq and Syria, and neutralize others.”
For 20 years, Israel tried to achieve its objectives through war. It won some of these wars and lost one. In 1967, Israel occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip; but it was unable to impose its will on Arabs and the Palestinians.
Nonetheless, the rescue came from Khomeini’s Tehran; given that since the birth of the subversive Mullah regime, it has been executing its plans and instigating sectarianism.
Tehran’s approach in the Middle East enhanced the role of Israel through its mercenaries in Lebanon. For instance, it made ‘Hezbollah’ a State within a State, or in Bahrain, the eastern frontier of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Iran came up with these groups and colluded with the Muslim Brotherhood Group which benefitted from it by dragging Egypt into the tunnel of terrorist operations. The first fruit of this was the assassination of President Anwar Saddat.
In 2001, Iran embarked on a proxy war with the United States of America by funding ‘al-Qaeda’. At the time, Iran felt it has become an independent major power. Nevertheless, the documents confiscated during the raid of Osama bin Laden’s hideout showed that it facilitated the path of those involved in the US twin-tower bombing in September 2011, and that choked the regime.
In 2011, it embarked on the ‘Arab Spring’ and helped the forces submerged in the subversion scheme; starting with the attempt to interfere in Tunisia, funding terrorist groups in Libya, toppling its regime and striving to divide it.
It also supported the Muslim Brotherhood Group in Egypt, which formed the subversion accessory for the group through gangs affiliated to the ‘Hamas’ movement. It did the same in Bahrain, Iraq and the eastern part of Saudi Arabia.
In Yemen, Iran is openly fighting as manifested in the firing of 160 missiles at several Saudi cities so far.
It is now clear that the destructive role of Iran has come to an end. In spite of all that has happened, its scheme has not completely materialized.
We have not seen an Islamic republic in Lebanon as promised by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah about 30 years ago. In Yemen, Iran has not been able to infiltrate the Saudi border. In Iraq, the people have started venting their anger over the presence of Iranian forces. In Syria, Russia has demanded withdrawal of the Revolutionary Guard and affiliate militias.
In contrast, the Arab conviction becomes firm that the international community, which supports Tel Aviv, no longer wants war in the region. War is not vital economically and the cost of destruction is very high, in addition to its negative impact.
Israel sees that peace is its only option for survival, especially after bearing fruits with Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Mauritania.
Some might assume peace is a victory for Tel Aviv; whereas Arabs have never been ready to fight to liberate Palestine which has been used as a pawn for regimes, especially the revolutionary ones, to achieve personal interests.
This was manifested in 1969 when Israel decided to burn Aqsa Mosque, resulting in a wave of condemnation and indignation which led to nothing. The same happened recently when Donald Trump ordered the relocation of his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The same wave of condemnation and indignation was experienced, but it all calmed down before the ceremony for the opening of the embassy. This is a clear indication that the issue has become a Palestine-Israel issue, not the Arab issue as it was portrayed in the past.
For the last seven decades, the Arabs have lost much in all aspects due to their hesitant approach in war and peace.
Their first loss was in development. Now that they have also tasted the benefits of peace after Iran became a major threat in the region and surrounded with many challenges, they decided to move forward in development and exit from the cycle of tremor and war.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times