Restoring US Influence in Islamdom

The Israeli-Muslim alliance is built upon active opposition to political Islam (Islamism) and militant Islam (Jihadism). This is clearly more effective than the traditional post-2001 US anti-terrorist posture which is proving a failing one in terms of US political influence in Islamdom. The Israeli-Muslim alliance includes both Arab and non-Arab allies, religious Muslims like the UAE and Saudi Arabia and seculars like Azerbaijan and the AANES (Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria). Also, only fighting terrorism is akin to superficially treating symptoms while deliberately refusing to treat the underlying treatable causes of the symptoms. The terrorism that America fights is Jihadist and its underlying ideology is Islamist. This can hardly be denied. 

In order to restore its influence throughout Islamdom need the US work through and to broaden the Israeli-Muslim alliance by more innovatively promoting more normalization with Israel in predominantly Muslim nations, a crucial US national interest indeed. While once the US relationship with Israel was a liability to a certain degree in terms of US influence in Islamdom is now the US-Israel special relationship, including deep, broad and global intelligence cooperation a vital strategic asset for the US in Islamdom considering the growing Israeli-Muslim alliance in Islamdom. The US needs to work through the Israeli-Muslim alliance to counter societal radicalization, promote liberalization and where feasible also democratization and unequivocally support governments that oppose Islamism and Jihadism. 

The origin of the waning US influence in Islamdom is its rather unfortunate and quite unstrategic ambiguity since 2001 in not unambiguously opposing Islamism as designed to not alienate Turkey (as run by the Turkish branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) and domestic US Islamists, primarily the US front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood which overwhelmingly dominate the US Muslim community. For some reason (no doubt out of fear of angering domestic Islamists) does the US government not even officially oppose Jihadism although surely that one should otherwise be uncontroversial. While it is true that the Israeli branch of the Muslim Brotherhood is represented in Israel’s current government, is it also true that the Islamist Ra’am party has no influence whatsover over Israel’s international policies and is exclusively focused on domestic issues of concern to the Palestinian minority in Israel.

The US and Israel need to further deepen their relationship into a strategic partnership for the entire Islamdom as strategically committed to the Israeli-Muslim alliance against Islamism and Jihadism. While globally the question is whether China or the US will be the sole superpower in the future is the question in Islamdom whether Iran or Israel will be the regional great power of Islamdom. However, Iran seeks to dominate others, Israel merely wants to live in peace, prosperity, partnership and mutual security; this is a crucial difference. Nations of Islamdom are openly and covertly aligning with Israel as no nation desires to be dominated by yet another nation and certainly not by the nefarious Khomeinist regime in Iran.

As the US makes the shift from the traditional counter-terrorism paradigm to the great-power-rivalry paradigm is it crucial that the US includes Iran on its list of great power rivals along with China and Russia. The Muslim Brotherhood is increasingly aligned with the Khomeinist regime as Tehran is the main sponsor of the the Hamas regime in Gaza, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. There needs to be a global effort to cut funding for Islamism worldwide and the US should strive to convince Qatar through a long-term concerted diplomatic effort that it is ultimately not in its national interest to continue with its destabilizing policy of funding Islamism worldwide. 

While it is true that China and Russia are rivals of the US, they are however unlike Iran not enemies of the United States of America. The US needs to recognize that the potential of Islamist-Jihadist takeover in more countries in Islamdom poses a considerable challenge to United States national interests. The Israeli-Muslim alliance is the equivalent of NATO in the intelligence world and the US needs to strategically recognize its vested national interest in a strengthened Israeli-Muslim alliance throughout Islamdom. 

At the same time does the Israel-Muslim alliance permit America to take a step back and partially tactically disengage from the region while enhancing the ability of the Israeli-Muslim alliance to strategically protect American interests throughout Islamdom on behalf of the United States, the great benefactor of the Israeli-Muslim alliance throughout Islamdom.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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