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August 14, 2015 3:41 pm

Kuwaiti Columnist Calls for Israeli-Gulf ‘Friendship Society’ With the ‘Friendly State of Israel’

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Kuwait City skyline. Photo: wiki commons.

Kuwait City skyline. Photo: wiki commons.

Now is the time to launch an Israeli-Gulf alliance that will act as a counterbalance to the growing regional threat from Iran, a columnist for a Kuwait government newspaper has declared.

“I repeat my call to form a Israel-Gulf friendship society, as a first step towards developing and strengthening [our] ties with the friendly state of Israel in the domains of politics, diplomacy, trade, education and military and civilian cooperation,” wrote Abdallah Al-Hadlaq in Al Watan, according to media watchdog the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Not to be confused as an act of diplomatic or historical rectification, Hadlaq included the caveat that an Israeli-Gulf rapprochement should occur amid a severing of all ties with regional foe Iran, especially as the Persian country has been linked to attacks in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, as well as backing aggressive anti-government Houthi rebels in Yemen, the beleaguered Arab state flanking the southwestern corridor of the Arabian peninsula.

He said improved communications — presumably, he means the Internet — have allowed Arab Muslims to see that their true “bitter” enemy lies in the “Persian Iranians.”

Hadlaq repeatedly called the Iranian regime “fascist” that hides behind a “religious guise,” and warned that the Islamic Republic to the north would have no qualms about using nuclear weapons — should it come to possess them — in a future conflict with the Gulf Arab states, unlike Israel, which he noted has already waged “five” nuclear-free wars with Arab nations.

He noted that “Shia Persian Iranian militias” are currently engaged in some of the most ferocious battlegrounds in an already boiling region: in Syria backing the government of Bashar al-Assad, Iraq and Lebanon, where arguably its most powerful and well-armed proxy, Hezbollah, resides.

Hadlaq’s article was published shortly after a red-carpet visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to oil-rich Kuwait meant to deepen ties with the highly suspicious Gulf Arab states.

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  • Ephraim

    From your lips to G-d’s ears. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the axis of evil: Iran/Obama winds up creating what would appear to be impossible, Israeli/Arab peace?

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  • Abdul Ameer

    Al-Hadlaq is a rarity in the Moslem world in that he expresses positive sentiments toward Israel. Considering the virulent Jew-hatred embedded in the Quran and the Sunnah, I would not sell him any life insurance.

    • Mireille Mechoullam

      Sometimes things change in this world and I hope that Me Al-Hadlaq get to see in his lifetime the reality of his vision. Like we say in Arabic: men fomu le bab el sama.
      Yes I speak Arabic because I am a Jew born in Egypt and unfortunately expelled with another Eighty Thousand Jews in 1956. We are what we call: the forgotten refugies but this didn’t stop me from visiting Egypt with my daughter in 1989. I am sure that there are still many Muslims would like to see a real peace with Israel but they are afraid to say it. I like El Sisssi saying to the Shiekhs of El Azhar that it’s time to modernise Isral because it’s 1000 years behind. Think positive as long as we live there is hope for a better world.