A rift between Qatar and four Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates over Doha’s alleged role in funding terror organizations, as well as its alleged support of Iran; has brought about additional challenges to the already chaotic Middle East.
Dr. Eran Lerman – Senior Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies & Lecturer at Shalem College
Dr. Nir Boms â€“ Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
Dr. Hay Eitan Cohen Yanarocak: research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center
Located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula and home to the oil-rich, Western-allied countries of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf is usually viewed as an Arab resort and not as a place of oppression and aggression.
But oil is the not the only thing to be found amidst the tranquil streams of the Gulf. Beneath the veneer of tranquility and wealth lies the harsh reality of undemocratic, authoritarian states that regard human rights with contempt – cowardly regimes that stifle dissent and crush freedom. And the recent, massive $60 billion arms deal – the largest ever to be signed between the US and Saudi Arabia – might bring further uncertainty to this otherwise apparently quiet region. View full post…