Essentially, America under Obama’s leadership has thrown the entire Middle East away. It’s now going to be a region united under one hegemony, which is likely Iran. This means it’s going to become increasingly hostile and become an even larger threat to the existence of Israel. With this, the likelihood of war increases dramatically.
King Salman has been impressed by Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria so much that he is allegedly planning to come to Moscow before the year is out to “forge an alliance with Russia,” Dr. Mordechai Kedar wrote for Arutz Sheva.
The oil kingdom is one of America’s key allies in the Middle East but Riyadh and Washington have long appeared to be slowly moving apart. At the same time, Saudi Arabia and Russia have been increasingly interested in improving bilateral ties.
Kedar, who served at the IDF’s military intelligence agency for 25 years, outlined four major reasons explaining this trend.
“The most important is America’s weak standing in the region, obvious to all and exacerbated by Obama’s announcing his retirement from the position of world policeman and the beginning of the American electoral campaign. There is no one to talk to anymore in Washington, especially now that it has become clear that the Iran Agreement is a ‘done deal,'” he noted.
And finally, Riyadh “[fears] an Iranian-Russian alliance outside the range of Saudi influence. Without the backing of America and Europe, the Saudis prefer to act along the lines of ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ The king feels that he will have more influence on the Iranians with regard to Yemen, Iraq and Syria if he joins the club instead of remaining outside it,” the analyst noted.
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