Arabs as Upset as Israel Over Iran Nuke Deal

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

The strongest evidence that perhaps Israel is not overreacting to the Iran nuclear threat and the inadequacies of the deal signed in Geneva this week is the fact that many Arab states are equally concerned.

America's "rush" to cozy up to Iran is "incomprehensible," said Saudi Ambassador to London Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, as Western powers were hammering out the final details of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Appeasement hasn’t worked in the past, and I don’t think it will work in the 21st century," continued the prince, insisting that should Iran fail to uphold its end of the agreement, America and its Western cohorts "will share also the blame...they are responsible for it."

Prince Mohammed concluded by issuing a thinly-veiled threat directly to Iran, stating that "we are not going to sit idly by" should Iran go nuclear. There is already talk that Saudi Arabia is set to purchase a nuclear weapon from Pakistan the moment Iran performs a nuclear test.

Likely under pressure from Washington, the Saudi cabinet released an official statement on Monday tacitly welcoming the Iran deal.

"If there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a preliminary step towards a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program," read the statement.

But reports across the region indicate that Riyadh is furious with the Obama Administration over the reckless nature of the deal.

Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, told The Jerusalem Post that Iran's Arab neighbors see Obama's celebratory attitude over the nuclear deal as further evidence of his lack of understanding when dealing with the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas were among the few Arab entities to praise the Iran nuclear deal, as both view it as an opportunity to put increased pressure on Israel.

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