The Middle East is Fundamentally Changed Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The Middle East is Fundamentally Changed

The stage is set for Israel to finally emerge as a major player in the region


Fundamental changes are taking place in the Middle East that will ultimately redraw the diplomatic map of the region, including the vital Persian Gulf.

The concept of an “Arab-Israeli conflict,” which began to take root in the Soviet press during the middle of the last century, gradually morphed in more recent years into the more specific “Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” And now that the rest of the Arab world is more open to the present of a Jewish state, even that conflict is waning. Israel is slowly but surely emerging from regional isolation and becoming more engaged with its Arab neighbors, fully participating in the ongoing political and economic processes in the Middle East.

Aryeh Lightstone, the former Israeli ambassador to Ukraine and a senior advisor to US Ambassador David Friedman, declared at the historic opening of the Israeli-Emirati Business Forum last month that this was “the reunification of the children of Abraham.” In an interview with the Azerbaijani newspaper the Azeri Daily, Israeli political scientist Zvi Magen suggested that after the UAE and Bahrain, Oman would be the next country to...