The “Palestinians” of Judea and Samaria would have to sit this one out for a while. Without the U.S. to dominate the process, Israel will be taking its time giving them anything other than their human and civil rights – no national rights for now, thank you very much.
Production facilities remain an issue. Who will be able to take Saudi money and Israeli innovation and offer the enormous industrial facilities required for building the fighter planes, anti-missile systems, and desert blooming technologies of the near future?
They’re already deeply interested in the Middle East. They’re already involved in major Israeli projects. They will not pass up an opportunity to both become an equal player in the global manufacturing of innovation technology, and push the U.S. down several pegs in the process.
This enormous endeavor will require educating millions of Arabs across the region, forging an affluent middle class to replace tribal societies. Driven by economic opportunity, the masses will soon enough come to expect political freedom as part of the pie – within the scope of their traditions, much the way it’s taking place in Arab communities in New Jersey and Michigan—to name but two states—nowadays.
What about the United States?
Israel and Saudi Arabia would of course still remain friends with the U.S. But no longer client states locked into an unequal relationship.
Perhaps by then Sharia law will have replaced the Constitution, and the next president be even more familiar with the way we do business between the Euphrates and the Mediterranean Sea…
Finally: don’t bother lecturing us on the “evil” of Israel’s association with the less-than-stellar human rights records of China or Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has had no problem imposing immoral pressures on Israel to release murderous Arab terrorists “for the sake of the peace talks,” and no unethical problem throwing Israel under the bus to further diplomacy with Iran. If Israel needs to align itself with China and Saudi Arabia for a better and more secure tomorrow, it is easily on a par with its Oslo accords capitulation to Arab terror.
And unlike the dubious promises of Oslo, this deal will provide Israel with economic and military security against the real threat of a Nuclear Iran.
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