Speaking at a memorial service for former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who passed away four years ago, Gantz said “we are currently at what could be called a historical junction. There is a wide chasm between the way the Western countries split up this region 100 years ago through various agreements – mostly for their own convenience – and the reality of today,” with the arrangements for the nation-states decided upon in previous agreements between France, Britain, and other countries falling victim to revolution in places like Syria and Libya.
“As a result there is a conceptual threat to the entire structure of the Middle East, as we have known them,” said Gantz. “There are several different groups struggling now – the radical Sunni Jihadists, who are attacking countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt. There is also Lebanon, which is now torn between different forces, and the group that seeks to preserve Syria and Lebanon’s connection with Iran. And of course, there is the ‘Arab street,’ which is making itself heard loudly, even in Egypt, where even President a-Sisi cannot ignore it.”
Full article: IDF Chief of Staff Gantz: Entire Middle East is Upside Down (Arutz Sheva 7)