By Benjamin Netanyahu
This exam of the center East's bothered historical past lines the origins, improvement and politics of Israel's dating with the Arab international and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will go away Israel susceptible to Iraq and Iran.
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His death coincided with another historical development in the region, which opened the way towards multi-polarity in Arab politics. On that very day of 28 September 1970, two international oil ‘majors’, Esso and British Petroleum, agreed to the Libyan government’s demands for higher revenues, setting a new precedent and preparing fresh grounds for the rise in the influence of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) (Holden and Johns, 1981: 287). This decision was soon to transform not only the economic fortunes of Arab oil-producing states—and most notably of Saudi Arabia with the largest proven reserve—but also their political weight within the region and beyond.
1992). Under strong domestic pressure, even Quwatli was left with little choice 26 SYRIA AND SAUDI ARABIA but to forsake the Saudi connection (Petran, 1972: 121). This fallout between Syria and Saudi Arabia was manifest in the event that the leading Saudi opposition leader, Nasir al-Sa’id—a chief instigator of the 1956 uprising in Hasa and a participant in the formation of the Arabian Trade Union Association—was given haven in Syria following his uprising. Later in 1958 he founded a pan-Arab, Nasirist organisation, the Union of the Peoples of the Arabian Peninsula (Ittihad Shu'ub al-Jazirah al-'Arabiyyah) (Abir, 1988: 76; Salamé, 1993: 600n9).
The greatest challenge Riyadh faced both in maintaining a semblance of Arab solidarity and in co-ordinating policies with Damascus was in Lebanon, where a civil war broke out in April 1975 between a leftist-PLO alliance and the Christian coalition forces. The Asad regime was particularly alarmed at the emerging instability on its doorstep which could potentially generate spill-over effects into neighbouring Syria—particularly relevant in this context was Syria's own precarious sectarian balance—as SYRIAN-SAUDI RELATIONS BEFORE CAMP DAVID 43 well as the increased risk of inviting Israeli intervention.
A Durable Peace: Israel and its Place Among the Nations by Benjamin Netanyahu