Israel -Jordan -Egypt -Who Would Have Believed?

February 16, 2015

There's a polarization taking place, the first good news from the Middle East in a very long time. Three Middle Eastern leaders are quietly forming an alliance against ISIS.

Condensed from the article by Joel Rosenberg on his blog:

Who are they?
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah II; and
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

King Abdullah and PM Netanyahu.
King Abdullah and PM Netanyahu

President el-Sisi and King Abdullah II.
President el-Sisi and King Abdullah

Something is happening in the Middle East.

Amidst President Obama’s repeated moves to withdraw American military power and influence from the Middle East and “pivot” to Asia, three regional leaders in the epicenter are forming a quiet, unexpected but fiercely determined alliance.

Why? To protect their people against two existential threats, one posed by the Shia Radical Islamists of Iran, the other posed by the Sunni Radical Islamists of ISIS. They are meeting secretly. They are talking regularly by phone, as well as with other leaders in the region from Saudi Arabia to the Gulf. Their senior advisors are also in regular contact, coordinating moves to counter their most serious enemies. 

They are waiting no longer for Washington. Indeed, they often see the White House and State Department as less than helpful, and sometimes opposed to — or not truly understanding — their national and shared interests.

Prime Minister Netanyahu declared war on Hamas last summer amidst a jihadist rampage sweeping the region.  
“To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war. ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. They share the same fanatical creed. ...The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. ...Militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. ...Allowing Iran to reach nuclear capabilities will pose the greatest threat to us all.”
He is the most faithful and trusted ally America has in the Middle East, and arguably in the world, yet he is persona non grata in the White House.

ABDULLAH of Jordan
King Abdullah II has declared war on ISIS and launched repeated rounds of airstrikes after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive by ISIS. He is pro-Western and has worked closely with the U.S. military and intel community for years.

What’s more, the King and his top advisors are also actively engaged in trying to deconstruct and delegitimize the theology of Radical Islam. In 2005, the King issued the“Amman Message,” a public call for Muslims to reject violent extremism, promote tolerance and moderation, and project innocent human life, based on a “Reformer”interpretation of Islam. Since then, some 552 Muslim leaders, scholars and clerics in 84 countries have signed the document in agreement. He has also worked hard to protect Christian minorities in Jordan.

Obama was not even planning to meet with King Abdullah on his recent trip to Washington, and apparently only changed his plans after learning of the Jordanian pilot’s death. Even then, they met for less than 20 minutes.

El-SISI of Egypt
President el-Sisi has declared war on the Muslim Brotherhood and other brands of jihadis. In the summer of 2013, he and the Egyptian military brought down the Brotherhood that was strangling Egypt and was trying to impose Sharia law. He declared a ferocious war on the lawless jihadists operating in the Sinai desert, shut down many of the smuggling tunnels connecting the Sinai to the Gaza Strip, and committed himself to cutting off the arms and money flowing to the Hamas terror group operating in Gaza.

Most recently, he delivered a major speech in Cairo on January 1, 2015, challenging Muslim leaders to reform Islam and rescue it from the Radicals. El-Sisi told scholars at Al-Azhar University, the Harvard of Sunni Islam:
 “We are in need of a religious revolution. You imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting for your next move….I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema (learned men) – Allah Almighty be witness to the truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.”
Yet while el-Sisi has forged excellent working relations with Abdullah and with Netanyahu, the Obama administration refuses to treat him as partner and ally of the United States. Instead, Obama condemned removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power (!!!) and called for Mohammed Morsi to be put back into power.(!!!) Morsi is the man who famously said, “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal.”

Times are changing. The rise of the Radicals, and the retreat of Mr. Obama, is bringing these three leaders together in unexpected ways, as each sees his country in grave danger from the forces of Radical Islam. Each is also increasingly speaking out publicly about the nature of the threat — the poisonous, genocidal theology of the jihadists — and each is calling on the world both to understand the threat and to help them first contain and then defeat Radical Islam before it is too late.

Yet to their astonishment, Netanyahu, Abdullah and el-Sisi have come to realize that Obama does not appreciate the magnitude of the threat, and the Obama team is not committed to taking decisive action to neutralize the threat. The alliance between the three Middle East leaders is crucial — and one the U.S. should be assisting, not resisting.