By Ted Belman
I have been invited by The Hill along with three other bloggers to write an essay dealing with the peace process and American foreign policy in the ME.
So it was with interest that I read this Haaretz piece.
But it is hard to believe the White House is unaware of the strategic implications of its unilateral withdrawal from Iraq for the balance of power between pragmatic regimes, like Egypt and Jordan, and fundamentalist forces led by Iran. And Washington sees thawing the frozen peace process between Israel and the Palestinians – and not only the Palestinians – as the key to bolstering the region’s pro-Western axis.
As it turned out I came to the opposite conclusion. Because of the withdrawal, the US should stand squarely behing Israel as a bulwark to stop expanding Iranian hegemony.
Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia don’t care a whit about the peace process except they need israel to protect them from Hamas. So too, the PA.
What they care about is for the US/Israel to take down Iran.