The strategic ally and regional security: A post-conflict assessment

Mohamed Fayez Farahat
Friday 24 Nov 2023

In the aftermath of the current Israeli aggression against Gaza, extensive evaluations are anticipated from all stakeholders, extending beyond direct conflict parties to include international powers, notably the United States and European nations.

 

The West has to scrutinize its relationship with the key players in the region, including its Israeli ally.

In doing so, it has to assess the effect of Israeli policies on its broader interests, weighing both gains and losses. 

These assessments become more significant if we view them against the backdrop of a global struggle between a dominating force (the United States) and an ascending power pushing for a multipolar order (China).

The United States and China do not simply compete at the military level; they also represent radically different ideologies. The conflict between both ideologies pits American/Western policies, grounded in double standards and political manipulation of core human values (human rights, democracy, etc.), against a Chinese perspective advocating justice, fairness, and shared human destiny.

China, in particular, continues to present initiatives reinforcing the credibility of its narrative.

A presumably balanced and fair assessment should lead the United States and its European allies to see that Israeli policies in the Middle East now impose a burden on the Western values they champion.

These values include the human rights framework, democracy, global security, and international humanitarian law. Israel's insistence on transgressing international humanitarian law, aided and abetted by its American-European alliances, raises questions about the practicality of the objectives of such values and echoes experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past two decades.

While the West has protested previous individual cases subject to legal trials, the Israeli ally persists in extra-legal killings and destruction, challenging the credibility of its claim to being an "oasis of democracy" in a sea of authoritarian regimes.

Hence, Israel’s belligerent policies tarnish Western values and narratives and undermine the credibility of Western democracies, which regard human rights as a universal value and insist on establishing a direct link between democracy and global/regional security.

If there were a genuine American interest in the stability of the Middle East and sustaining long-term relations with the region amid a crucial global power struggle, then this post-war assessment should unmistakably assert that the Israeli ally now jeopardizes these interests since Western ties to Middle Eastern countries are as crucial as their ties to Israel, if not more so.

Therefore, the Egyptian-American relationship stands out as pivotal for the stability of the Middle East and could play a vital role in ensuring the region's security in the foreseeable future.

Egypt's perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has thus proven to constitute the most secure foundation for the region's long-term stability. In addition, the relevance of the Egyptian perspective extends beyond the Palestinian issue to include other regional challenges.

In conclusion, the time is still ripe for carrying out objective reviews and establishing alliances that safeguards the interests of the region for the benefit of all parties involved.

The writer is the director of Al-Ahram Center for Political  and Strategic Studies

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