Israel and Saudi Arabia in dance macabre

May 9, 2011

Several months after the start of the people’s revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the tsunami protests are paralyzing all Arab states.

Now the spirit of the revolution is ready to claim its next victim.
Saudi Arabia has regarded itself as the undisputed leader of Arab countries for nearly two decades. The kingdom has used its strategic alliance with the United States to become the dominant force in the Middle East.
The liquidation of the former Iraqi dictator by the coalition forces in the Second Persian Gulf War and the convergence of Egypt with Israel in the Camp David Accords paved the way for the Saudis to realize their dream.
They also tried to improve their relations with Iran in order to feel more secure in the region.
But now, at the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century, all their dreams have been shattered. The Saudi-backed regime in Bahrain is suffering serious blows, and Yemen is also paralyzed by widespread protests.
Saudi politicians are frightened and are looking for a scapegoat outside their borders.
9/11 was a real defeat for the Saudis’ dream to become the key ally of the United States in the region. The subsequent FBI investigation supposedly proved the involvement of 15 Saudi nationals in the terrorist attack.
The familial and financial relationships between Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the House of Saud further deteriorated the situation.
Saudi Arabia’s first step in coping with the disaster was to adopt a policy of active diplomacy by paying billions of dollars to international media outlets. This effectively diverted attention in the U.S, but this was never going to be a permanent solution.
After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a new Shia movement arose in which they began to demand their historical rights. It paved the way for the emergence of Iran as a true regional power. It was another nightmare for the Saudis, who were hoping to become the dominant power in the region.
Egypt was also always regarded as a key ally of the Saudis. Hosni Mubarak had very close ties with the Al Saud regime, and together they played an effective role in supporting Wahhabism and Zionism.
The Saudis always viewed Egypt as a counterforce to Iran that could create a more acceptable balance of power in the region.
But the spring of the Arab revolutions deprived the Saudis of their loyal friends and increased Iran’s influence in the Mediterranean region.
Therefore, the Saudis are looking for a new partner in regional equations.
Of course, Saudi Arabia and Israel are not good friends and are considered archenemies. But the current situation in the Middle East could create an exception.
Over the past 60 years, when Israel has been in danger of isolation, the intelligence apparatus of the Zionist regime has been responsible for establishing new relationships with other countries. And now it is the right time for the Mossad to draw the attention of the Saudis.
It seems that the relationship between the Saudis and the Israelis is more than just security cooperation. Fifteen Israeli companies are currently conducting lucrative business activities in Saudi Arabia.
But how successful will the cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia be?
Certainly, the Israelis are interested in leveraging their position against Iran. But the Saudis will not be able to acquire many benefits from the relationship.
The Saudi society is already exploding because the people are fed up with dictatorship and tyranny. They are also outraged by the useless relationship with Israel.
The alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel is like a tango that will eventually set the Middle East on fire and lead to the destruction of both countries.