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Negev meets with geopolitical realignment to confront Iran

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The Wall Street Journal saw that new diplomatic and security relations are reshaping the Middle East as former enemies seek unity with Iran, while the United States is rethinking its security role in the region, and Russia and China seek exploit the gaps. left by Washington.

The realignment is being fueled by new divisions between the United States and its allies over the still-inconclusive negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran and now the war in Ukraine.

A historic summit that began Sunday in Sde Boker, Israel, illustrates the shifting alliances, as Arab, Israeli and American officials met for the first time on Israeli soil to discuss expanding their fledgling partnership.

Israeli and Arab diplomats said they were discussing unprecedented formal defense partnerships, as well as new military and economic ties and a joint strategic Iran.

The realignment is being fueled by new divisions between the United States and its allies over the still-inconclusive negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran and now the war in Ukraine, as the Biden administration struggles to persuade Israel and Saudi Arabia to adopt their positions on deal with Tehran and isolate Russia.

Participants

The summit brought together US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken with senior diplomats from Israel, as well as from Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, the three Arab countries that normalized relations with Israel in 2020 in the Abraham Accords. , in the Negev desert. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also joined the summit, adding a last-minute addition, the latest sign that the country that first signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1979 is ready to cement ties.

“A more stable and integrated region gives us a stronger foundation to address common threats like this,” Blinken said on Sunday, describing the summit as a gathering “unthinkable just a few years ago.”

defensive alliance
But the talks on Sunday and Monday are not expected to answer whether the Abraham Accords can be expanded into a formal defense alliance and what role the United States will play in any new military relationship.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be addressed, but it is not the general objective of the meeting.

“The most important issue is sitting together… this tells the world that the region is united,” said Amir Hayek, the Israeli ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
Israel and its new Arab partners are accelerating talks focused on missiles and air defense systems aimed at countering Iran’s large arsenal of medium-range missiles and armed drones.

attacks

The summit comes as Israel witnessed its worst terror attack in years in the Negev desert city of Beersheba last week, in which four Israelis were killed.
On Sunday night, as diplomats waited for dinner to begin, two people were killed and three policemen wounded when gunmen opened fire in the central Israeli city of Hadera. The attackers were shot dead by undercover police officers who were nearby at the time.

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