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The Middle East’s Marriages of Convenience

While other Middle Eastern countries adapt to current strategic conditions – including Iran’s emergence essentially as a nuclear power – Israel remains committed to its longstanding “shadow war” against Iran. Given Israeli leaders' lack of vision and courage, they are unlikely to step up to the altar any time soon.

TEL AVIV – As the United States focuses on its showdown with Russia in Ukraine and its escalating competition with China, the Middle East has been left to run its affairs the way it always has: with marriages of convenience between rival powers. These are not Catholic-style “holy matrimonies,” comprehensive and permanent, but coolly pragmatic deals to survive through short-term relationships that fit changing strategic conditions. If only Israel understood that.