The Obama administration has again insulted the Israeli government and, indeed, all Israelis. Previously, Obama was caught on an open mike personally trashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while speaking to French leader Nicolas Sarkhozy, when the latter was in office. Then just days ago, the Israeli Defense Minister was snubbed by most high-ranking leaders in the Obama administration when he was visiting the USA. Now we have the spectacle of an unnamed Obama administration official reportedly calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a “chickensh*t.” The first three links [1, 2, 3] show the details of this latest slam/slur by the Obama administration at one of America’s closest allies.
It never ceases to amaze me that the Obama administration simply can’t get its act together on much of anything. I recently wrote a post entitled Israeli Defense Minister Snubbed by Top US Officials. In it, I suggested that the accumulating snubs and insults by the Obama Administration could cause the Israelis to look elsewhere for allies, and that a regional anti-Iranian alliance could be formed amongst Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. A report has surfaced which indicates that such a possibility is growing more feasible. The last link reports that citizens of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates now look more favorably toward Israel than to the USA, although an open peace agreement with Israel is predicated on some kind of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Of course, nothing is simple in the Mideast. The poll also reported lingering support for Hamas in those three Arab nations, although almost no support for ISIL exists. What is remarkable is how few people in these three polled Arab nations have any positive regard for the USA.
Given the fact that chaos was barely averted when the Egyptian military threw the Muslim Brotherhood out of power in Egypt coupled with Egypt’s antipathy toward Hamas, one can foresee a scenario where the Sunni Arab nations are driven to make common cause with Israel and Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Jihadi groups who tend to fall in the Iranian Shiite orbit. Indeed, if Israel really needs to seek new allies because it cannot rely on an Obama-led America, it may become an overriding necessity to implement some kind of “peace deal” between the Israelis and Palestinians in order to pave the way for an Israeli alliance with Egypt and Sunni Arab nations. Given Egypt’s antipathy toward Hamas and Saudi Arabia’s coolness toward Hamas in the most recent Israeli-Hamas conflict, such a deal may become possible. If it does, it could easily be a deal which is acceptable to the Israelis, Egypt, the Saudis, Jordanians, etc., but not to the Palestinians. Such a deal may include a “supervised autonomy” for a new Palestinian state which will initially include only the West Bank Palestinian region governed by Fatah and Gaza would be included in the peace deal only when Hamas is removed from power there. The Saudis and Jordanians could supply security forces to the West Bank to keep the peace there and Egypt could supply peacekeepers to Gaza. Israel is getting along very amicably with the current Egyptian government and both nations would love to see Hamas kicked out of power in Gaza.
I’m not predicting a specific outcome, but the endless offenses of the Obama administration toward the Israelis and the poll’s results showing opinions in three Arab nations moving favorably toward the Israelis are making a regional alliance between Israel and regional Sunni Muslim nations more likely. This would not surprise me as Ezekiel 38-39’s prophecy do not include any of the modern nations descended from Abraham in the listing of the Gog-Magog alliance nations in Ezekiel 38:2-6. In biblical terminology, the Israelis are “Judah,” the Arab nations are “Ishmaelites,” Turkey is “Edom/Teman” and Jordan is descended from “Lot,” Abraham’s nephew. None are mentioned as being a part of the Gog-Magog alliance in the latter days. Given the Bible’s focus on the descendants of Abraham, it seems logical that they would have been specifically noted if they were to be part of the Gog-Magog alliance. In past years, it was assumed the Islamic Arab nations and Egypt would be allied with the USA and NATO (the modern nations of the “ten tribes of Israel”), but recent trends indicate the Ishmaelites and descendants of Lot may end up being allied to Judah in the latter days. Turkey’s future is very unclear at present, given the Islamist tendencies of its current leadership. Turkey is allied to the USA and other NATO nations at present, but that alliance has been tenuous as of late.
One last thought: If the USA suffers an internal fiscal/monetary crisis which forces it to stop spending money or sending troops overseas, the Mideast nations will be forced to look to each other for new allies.