Thursday, July 14, 2022

Biden in MENA : It is all about Israel and its interests in the region

And so President Joe Biden began his big historical and first trip to the Middle East on Wednesday. Biden landed in Tel Aviv to start his two-day visit to Israel including East Jerusalem. From Israel, he will head to Saudi Arabia to attend the so-called GCC+3 summit.

Biden at the University of Defense in Israel (NY Times)
Biden at the University of Defense in Israel (NY Times)

For those who do not know, the GCC+3 summit will be chaired by Saudi Arabia from 15 to 16 June in Jeddah. It is a summit attended by the Gulf Cooperation Council leaders plus the leaders of the United States, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq in addition to the President of the United States.

Yes, in a big irony all those leaders Biden slammed during his presidential campaign, he is going to sit with after all above them Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

I expected this to happen since Biden was announced as the winner of the Presidential elections. It is business as usual for the Americans whether democrats or republicans.

During his Saudi trip, it is expected that Biden will announce the start of the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Israel believes that this move will end the hostility between its government and the Muslims around the world because it is Saudi Arabia and I am afraid the Americans and the West think the same thing.

The thing is that Saudi Arabia itself is not the Vatican and We do not have the Vatican in Islam. Saudi Arabia only manages the Holy Places of Islam but does not have this switch to flip on and off to change how millions think about Palestine or the occupied territories, especially with Israeli practices.

In fact, I believe this move will impact the Kingdom negatively in the Muslim world and it is like a life kiss to none other than Iran but MBS does not care.

He thinks Israel will protect him and other GCC especially the Emirates and Bahrain from Iran.

The Emirates has got the best economic relations with Iran in some Mideast Mystery. “Not to mention its relation with the Syrian regime that is being attacked by Israel monthly”

FYI, Saudi media is presenting to Saudi and Arab audiences as a victory for young MBS over sleepy Joe “They mock him directly on Saudi TV channel as an old man suffering from Alzheimer” who comes to ask for forgiveness.

This visit is considered a victory, a push and one hell of a carte blanche to MBS to the level that I expect that he will replace his old dad very soon.

The Saudi media also has been vilifying the Palestinian people and adopting the rhetoric that it is better to have relations with Israel than with Iran to the end of that talk in a way that I think the new generation in Saudi Arabia will welcome any normalization. 

I say mirage of freedom because real freedom and human rights do not really exist in the Gulf area. Do not get fooled by the modernisation camouflage.

FYI, whatever deal or arrangement was reached between KSA and Israel in that normalization thing, Tiran and Sanafir islands played a role in it. Israel got what it wanted in the 1950s and secured the Tiran strait after very long and historical Egyptian ownership and control. Many have not forgotten.

Also, I must say from the Gulf to the Ocean, Arab people from different ethnicities, religions and dialects understand very well, that normalization rush that hit the Arab world, especially in the Gulf has nothing to do with Peace in the Middle East and coexistence !! 

Now I really wish the American administrations stop lecturing us about human rights and democracy because all that they care for real, is not even the US National security or interests in the region but rather the best interests of Israel even if they harm the US interests in the region whether in short or mid or long range.

I just wish the Americans stop selling those values to the Arab people because the Arab people are tired and bored, they also understand it. They are fed up with being treated like kids or worse to be treated by Westerners as they know the best for their interests.

Whether they are democrats or republicans, it is the same thing. The wants and needs of the Israeli administration are above all.

The American administrations never had a problem in dealing with people like the MBS in fact they were their favourite kind if we are honest. “It is their SOB” after all !!

That Gamal Khashoggi was more of a small step back in the road but business is business and what Israel wants. 

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