Israel and the Persian Gulf States – Possible New Best Friends?

Man-made islands made to represent the world. Dubai, UAE

I was showed an interesting article a few days ago, about how Israel and the Gulf states are beginning to show signs of reconciliation, despite the Israel-Palestine conflict still continuing to drag on. You can find it here.

To tell the truth, I’ve never really thought about what it would be like if Gulf states did ally/buddy up with Israel, because I thought it was ridiculously unlikely. But I think the main thing causing the shift in attitudes is a more pragmatic approach. Israel is one of the wealthiest states in the Middle East, and better relations would benefit both countries in terms of trade, as well as bolster Israel’s case in the Israel-Palestine debate.

The main thing holding them back from being friends with Israel, is of course the Israeli-Palestine conflict. But Israel is a key US ally, and upwards-moving countries like Qatar and the UAE are beginning to place a lot more emphasis on becoming more influential than Arab unity.

Where this will lead, it’s hard to predict, but the increasing friendliness between the countries is something that may begin to become more obvious later on.


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