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U.S. to strengthen its alliance with Israel under the "Arab spring" 11/01/2012 08:43

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Report: U.S. to strengthen its alliance with Israel under the "Arab spring"
11/01/2012 08:43



Beirut, January 11 (AKnews) - concluded that two researchers, one American and one Israeli, in their analysis of the effects of the changes made by the protests, "Arab spring" on Israel, that it is imperative that Washington and Tel Aviv to work to strengthen their alliance in the region, considering that those changes may affect the interests of both countries.

Obama Participated in the report published by "The Washington Institute," U.S. Deputy Director of the Center for Security Studies, National University of Haifa Dan Schueftan, a lecturer at the Faculty of National Defense of the Israeli army, and a senior researcher in the "Washington Institute" Michael Singh, who formerly served in the National Security Council during the reign of the administration of George Bush.

He Schueftan that the "Arab spring" led to profound changes and regular, mostly negative, in the rules of the game across the Middle East, "adding that" if this trend continues it will harm the interests of not only the United States and Israel but also the Arab countries, especially those that have long been ally of the United States. "

He explained, "There is a critical element in the structural change is the influence of raging of the street," noting that "regional policies previously consisted of the governments responsible relatively followed in most cases, foreign policies moderate, and most of the problems in the politics of the Middle East before the Arab spring were not due to regulations, While the streets has become a major influence on state policy and to urge the point of going and more radical, perhaps the greatest threat to Israel's security in the region. "


He said, "What particularly affect U.S. interests and Israel is not a responsible alternative for systems that have fallen, this came as a result of the fact that the Arab countries do not have the necessary institutions that work on the secretion of a stable democratic governments."

Therefore concluded Schueftan to say that "we find a mistake to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the grounds that it will improve Israel's relations with the rest of the Arab States", explaining that, "As recent history has shown, the relations between Israel and its neighbors depends entirely on the internal politics of the Arab countries concerned individually" , recalling for example that "the mobility procedure, which led to the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the revolution away from the anti-Turkish Ataturk model already had an impact on the relations of these countries with Israel, but they were not the result of it."

He said Israeli researcher "The biggest changes with regard to regional security strategy of Israel is the changes of force and other internal trends in Egypt and Turkey."

He said that "Turkey will continue to benefit from the vacuum in regional leadership and seeks clearly to regional hegemony," adding that it was "the biggest threat to the moderate forces in the Middle East, where the radical elements in the Arab world including the Muslim Brotherhood find Turkey attractive model."

He suggested Israeli researcher on Israel to return to the "policy of supporting allies and deter adversaries, a policy that includes the recognition of Turkey as a threat and that Jordan and Saudi Arabia, been sincere friends."

He said that he "must work with the Arab countries are responsible to show that the radicals will fail and that the Allies are you will succeed."

He concluded by saying that "as soon as the end of this difficult period and the dust settles, Israel will once again prove they are the strongest and best ally of the United States in terms of reliability in the region."

For his part, said Michael Singh said, "Israel has always focused its security policy on three strategies: the peace treaties and deterrence and a series of partnerships that help to compensate for the lack of strategic depth has, including the US-Israeli alliance and qualitative military edge over its neighbors and the links of global trade."

He said Singh, "The recent events represent a challenge to the security of Israel from many angles, borders with Egypt and Syria, an unstable significantly and the border with Jordan in a dangerous situation as well, as the actions of Iran's bold and unexpected makes it a can not predict his actions, while Turkey is seen increasingly expected as a threat. "

Singh said that "Arab spring has changed the depth of the context of long-term challenges of the U.S. and Israel in the region," he said, adding that a country such as Egypt, "political change which resulted in a proliferation of different camps and parties will create a high degree of political maneuvering."

He said American scholar that "States will become more hostile to America and Israel because those alliances linked in the minds of the people systems that have fallen."

He said the increase "the likelihood of internal conflict, as the regional system the old, which consists of Washington's Arab allies by and those that opposed American interests strongly the other hand, has thrown into chaos," explaining that the future of regional leadership is a big question mark where Several countries are competing on the merits.

Singh concluded by saying that by looking forward, "it should work for Washington to maintain a US-Israeli security cooperation with a strong rejection of the erroneous idea that they must choose between Israel and Arab countries."

From: Khalil al-Khalil, the Open: Peace Baghdadi

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