A Nucleus of a Middle Eastern Defense Alliance

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has made three demands from the US for making peace with Israel. Those are 1) a KSA-USA defense treaty, 2) NATO-level deliveries of weaponry and 3) what appears to be a demand to purchase the new small highly cost-effective nuclear power plants that are currently being developed in the United States.

The solution to this is a Middle Eastern defense alliance where the founding members would be the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Jordan. This won’t work without US membership just as NATO would not work without US membership. Of course this is not possible either without the KSA being a founding member. It is important to think small initially and let Arab nations join as they make peace with Israel since Israel will be the motor in the alliance so to speak in sharing exclusive military high tech with fellow alliance members in the Arab world and thus helping build a regional security architecture. The US should furthermore commit to export the new small nuclear power plants to the KSA. There would also have to be agreement on US weapon deliveries to alliance members similar to that which is provided to European NATO members.

What are the consequences of the new Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Moscow and Tehran where the two are mutually arming each other? Is it possible that a Russian invasion of European NATO nations and an Iranian invasion of Saudi Arabia (and by extension Israel and the rest of the Arab world) will be synchronized? Yes, there is a strong likelihood of that happening in the future although it is surely not imminent.

Once Saudi Arabia joins the Negev Forum nations should there be no obstacle to a defense alliance that would crucially also include the United States. It is important to think ahead and first think small in order to later think big, i.e. offer accession to further Arab nations and possibly also to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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