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Faysal Itani
This silly idea won't die. The GCC were not really confrontation states, share no border w Israel, and have a relatively low population. Their regimes are not "The Arabs". And fear of Iran does not make for an 'Islamic reformation'.
When Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018 in a gesture of goodwill to Israel’s neighbours, the welcome was not universal. For an Israeli Prime Minister to be warmly greeted in a proud Arab state…
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Ori Goldberg Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
In Israel it is considered the purest form of political spin/balderdash. Nobody buys it.
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Faysal Itani Dec 21
Replying to @ori_goldberg
No fools, the Israelis :)
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Ramzi Nohra Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
Spot on. If anything I think it can be harmful if it detracts from Palestinian/Israeli peace process.
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Faysal Itani Dec 21
Replying to @ramzinohra01
I suspect this is why at least some parties latch on to it.
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zeev berenson Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
Yes you are right the Gulf States don't include the majority of arabs demographically but they do control most of the money and most of the media in the Arab world. the Gulf and Egypt and Jordan together normalizes Israel's position in Arabic Space.
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Faysal Itani Dec 21
Replying to @ZeevBerenson
Egypt and Jordan absolutely. The gulf has little soft power re geopolitics among other Arabs (quite the opposite they are seen with suspicion because of this stuff) and we don't need to discuss hard power. The pt is, they may be rich, but that has little impact on this.
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Tamara Cofman Wittes Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
It is a very useful PR line for Gulf in Western capitals.
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Faysal Itani Dec 21
Replying to @tcwittes
🤷‍♂️Yeah I agree, I'm just irritated that it gets traction sometimes!
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CasualtiesOfTheDay Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
"He deserted Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak — to the horror of the Saudis and Emiratis — *and cheered on the popular uprising in Syria.*"
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shahiraamin13 Dec 21
Replying to @faysalitani
Well said
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