Strange Bedfellows

Photo by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem | CC BY 2.0

Misery is not the only thing that “acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” as Shakespeare put it; geopolitical machinations and international animosities do as well.

Even so, the not-so-secret marriage of convenience – or is it only an affair? — between Israel, on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies, on the other, is mind-boggling.

Hovering over that strange liaison is, of course, Donald Trump’s America.

To be sure, neither he nor anyone else in his administration got those strange bedfellows together.

In fact, there was no need for a matchmaker, a shadchan, at all.  The unholy alliance has been in the works for a long time, instigated and sustained by malefactors on both sides.

All Trump and his minions have done is back the process a thousand percent.  Obama and his predecessors backed it too, but only a hundred percent.

If anyone deserves credit – or blame – it would be Benjamin Netanyahu.  That awful man “meddles” and “colludes” in countless ways.

He has been hard at work for years playing “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” card, easing the way for the Middle East’s two neighborhood bullies to join forces.  He has been instrumental too in securing the empire’s blessing.

The sad fact, though, is that with the Israeli settler movement calling the shots in both Tel Aviv and Washington, there hasn’t been much lately for him or anyone else to do.

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