SHOSHANA BRYEN: Can The US Turn These Historic Rivals Into Partners?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief security adviser Ron Dahmer’s arrival in Washington follows Israeli-Saudi Arabian terms negotiations (two-way negotiations in a trilateral agreement), with Washington seeking Israel’s opinion. suggests that there is a Or maybe Israel wants an opinion. In either case, the parties, for better or worse, are dancing one way or another, with or without agreement, in a dance that will unfold over the coming months.

Saudi Arabia’s initial terms were clear: a civilian nuclear program and “Ironproof” U.S. Security against Iran. America’s interests have been to move Saudi Arabia away from its increasingly close ties with China, including a move toward a Palestinian state and guarantees that oil sales will be denominated in dollars rather than China’s preferred yuan. Oh, America wants a base in Saudi Arabia. (Related article: Old-fashioned anti-Semitism lurks behind left-wing hatred of Israeli leaders)

Israel will not openly agree to further nuclearization in the region, but no one was throwing up their guns there.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen compared the situation in Saudi Arabia with that in South Korea, which is next to the hostile nuclear-armed North, but has no inherent nuclear capability. “U.S. defense commitments serve as South Korea’s deterrent against northern aggression,” he said. “Similar US defense pledges could reassure Middle Eastern nations, primarily Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states,” said National Security Advisor Tasi Hanegbi, “whatever the US decides,” Israel said. He said he was “totally confident” that it would take into account the security needs of the United States.

Saudi Arabia, which has been at odds with the PA over issues such as corruption, appears willing to consider the issue. The PA was asked what its goals were, according to insiders. Some say the response was a list of unachievable things.Saudi Arabia responded Appointed Ambassador to JordanNaif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, “Ambassador to Palestine and Consul General of Jerusalem”.

The Israelis were optimistic. Cohen said Israel was “knowSaudi Arabia planned to make the appointment, but “they didn’t coordinate with us and didn’t need to coordinate with us. The Saudis wanted to send a message to the Palestinians that they hadn’t forgotten the Palestinians. ”

Since there is no Palestinian consulate general in Jerusalem and would require Israeli approval, the Saudis “didn’t have to” coordinate. And Israel will not. The Jerusalem government rejected a US proposal to set up a US consulate general on the east side of the city. What we cannot do to our best friend and historical benefactor, Saudi Arabia, we certainly cannot do to an unrelated country, Saudi Arabia.

It will always be a question of money. Funds have been pouring into the PA since the start of the Biden administration.according to you said“Between September 2021 and 2024, USAID will provide more than $500 million for programming.” In addition, “$33 million for UNRWA and another $5.5 million for humanitarian partners” are available. It is Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said: in the statement“Adding to the more than $250 million announced in March and April brings the planned U.S. aid to more than $360 million.” 2022 only.

Netanyahu replied that the Palestinian issue was “like a checkbox”. You have to check it to say it does. Is that what they say in the hallway? Is that what the secret talks say? The answer is much less than you think. ”

The Prime Minister repeated: long-standing formula for the Palestinians. They “should have every power to govern themselves and not have any power to threaten Israel. It means having overriding authority over the security of the whole, ours and theirs.”

No special concessions. No specific denials. (Related: Shoshana Brien: Biden Administration Shouldn’t Get Involved in Israel-Saudi Talks)

All this is shaking. Not likely yet. In fact, the Biden administration still considers Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan (MbS) an “outcast” and an unsavory partner. MbS doesn’t like the Biden people either. Washington’s friendly demeanor toward Jerusalem has waned, slapping has increased, and Jerusalem has become increasingly frustrated with what it sees as interference in Israel’s internal affairs by the Biden administration.

But that is the story of the Biden administration.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund One Israeli tech firm, which has invested in Israeli startups, has reportedly offered its services to help the kingdom define elements of Vision 2030, according to The Globes. In August, a smart energy technology company founded by Israel was reported. Plans to cooperate with Riyadh Introduce solar energy to the kingdom. wall street journal report What an Israeli businessman addressed Saudi Arabia major investment conferences“a clear but subtle sign of a burgeoning commercial relationship, Expanding acceptance of Israel The two countries are in the Kingdom even though they are not yet in a formal relationship. ”

And that seems to sum up the positive side of this three-way dance.

Shoshana Bryan is senior director of the Center for Jewish Policy and editor of the quarterly inFOCUS.

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