Diplomatist Magazine Diplomatist April 2018 - Page 36

MIDDLE EAST NOTEBOOK Saudi King Salman, left with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE UNFOLDING ISRAEL-SAUDI-EMIRATI ALLIANCE AND ITS IMPACT ON PALESTINE BY NAGAPUSHPA DEVENDRA* I srael and Saudi-Emirati may seem questionable allies in the regional power politics but recent developments in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen has pushed these countries to cooperate against their common enemy, Iran as a part of the new regional paradigm. The wider context of Israel and Saudi-Emirati’s mounting alliance dates back to Obama’s regime and the changing dynamics of Syrian civil war in favour of Iran. Both Israel and Saudi-Emirati fear that the emergence of Iran as a nuclear state will be an Armageddon day for Riyadh and Tel Aviv. In addition, they believe that the ability to become a supreme nuclear state will also signifi cantly strengthen the Iranian proxies like Hamas, Hezbollah and 34 • Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist • Vol 6 • Issue 4 • April 2018, Noida