Arab policy isn’t determined by the Palestinian issue

Arab countries have never flexed their military muscle—and barely their financial muscle—on behalf of the Palestinians.

Now, in 2020, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other pro-U.S. Arab countries base their national security policy on issues which far transcend the Palestinian one. These issues include lethal threats posed by Iran’s ayatollahs, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the spillover of the civil wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the potential implosion of all Arab countries, etc.

Indeed, these Arab countries view Israel’s posture of deterrence as a most valuable asset in the face of the aforementioned lethal threats. They also value Israel as a most productive resource to diversify their economy and enhance their standard of living.

Erroneous assumptions produce erroneous policies, as evidenced by the litany of Western peace proposals based on the idea that the Palestinian issue is the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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