Israel’s Triumphant Season

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readDec 20, 2020

The star of Israel’s geopolitical future is rising.

Revelers, including history-making delegations from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, participate in the historical lighting of the Menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. December 15, 2020. (photo: Adam Millstein/Twitter)

With so much of 2020 having been derailed by the worldwide calamity of COVID-19, celebrating the triumphs of the past year is perhaps more important that ever.

COVID-19 has changed a great many things, and brought a screeching halt to others. There are some things, however, that not even a global pandemic could stop. In the case of Israel, it is the near miraculous power of an idea whose time has finally come.

The world, including the Middle East, is at last prepared to accept the existence of the world’s only Jewish state.

The change has been coming for some time, with more and more Middle Eastern nations dealing quietly with Israel. In spite of an intention to create the opposite effect, the foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration with regards to Iran has weakened Iran to the point of disaster.

With all the money the Iranian government received from the well-intentioned Obama administration, it funded too much terror against its neighbors and co-religionists. As a result, those Muslim-majority Middle Eastern nations are now prepared to make their peace with Israel. Out of necessity, they are ready to formalize diplomatic relations, and accept Israeli help in maintaining the safety and sovereignty of their countries.

What a difference a decade makes.

The unthinkable, that Muslim-majority Middle Eastern nations would cooperate with Israel without Israel having made major land concessions to the Palestinians, has happened.

It is still happening.

Joining Egypt and Jordan, who normalized relations with Israel decades ago, over the past few months has been Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Morocco, and Bhutan. Other nations, including regional titan Saudi Arabia, are expected to follow suit.

In even better news for Israel, this tide of peace has swept past the Trump administration to take on a life of its own. Come what may, even if a Biden/Harris administration returns to a strategy of Iran appeasement- especially in the case of a U.S. return to Iran appeasement- there is a new understanding between Israel and Middle Eastern nations. On one side, Iran and its proxies, plus…