The rising threat of Islamic terrorism on the U.S. mainland, in pro-U.S. Arab regimes and in Western countries has reaffirmed Israel’s role as the U.S.’s moral and military outpost in the Middle East.
Israel’s strategic role has gained importance against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the drastic cuts in the U.S. defense budget, the resulting erosion of the U.S. posture of deterrence, the collapse of Europe’s power projection, the raging Arab tsunami, growing anti-U.S. sentiments on the Arab street and the unprecedented Islamic threats to vital U.S. economic and national security interests.
In 2014, Israel is facing terrorism from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The latter is a subsidiary of the transnational Muslim Brotherhood, which has terrorized pro-U.S. Arab regimes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt, upholding the five-pillar banner: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is the constitution; the prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.”
These Arab countries realized that Israel was fighting their battle for them during the recent war in Gaza, so they overtly criticized Hamas and subtly supported Israel. According to The Yemen Times: “The Saudi king, Abdullah, attacked unnamed ‘traitor terrorists,’ who sully the name of Islam … implying that he viewed Hamas as much of a terrorist group as the Islamic State. … The so-called ‘Arab moderates’ have become even more blatant in their U.S.-Israel alignment … with a vulgar anti-Palestinian position.”
According to Dr. Mira Tzoreff of the Dayan Center for Middle East Studies, “The sympathetic opinions voiced in Egypt’s state-run media regarding Israel’s posture towards Hamas — even before the 2014 war in Gaza — were unprecedented. … [Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah el-] Sissi believes that Hamas was responsible for attacks on Egyptian military and security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.”
The Saudi daily Al Arabiya reported that hundreds of Egyptian soldiers have been killed in Sinai by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis’ jihadist terrorists — associated with ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood – since June 2014. CNN claims that Israel is fighting a proxy war against Hamas, advancing the homeland security interests of Jordan and the Gulf States.
In 2014, the eyes of the pro-U.S. Arab regimes are upon Israel and its war on Islamic terrorism.
In 2014, Israel is facing Hamas, one of the numerous offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been the most productive incubator of Islamic terror organizations, such as al-Qaida, Islamic Jihad, the Nusra Front, Ahrar ash-Sham, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Ansar al-Shariah, Taliban, Nigeria’s Boko Haram, etc. These terror organizations strive to establish an Islamic Middle East empire, as a prelude to global domination, bringing the U.S. and the Western world to social, political and military submission, governed by the laws of Islam.
Irrespective of the Palestinian issue, Israel (the “Little Satan”) has been a major obstacle standing in the way of megalomaniacal Islamic imperialism, clipping the wings of terrorism and thereby enhancing the homeland security of pro-U.S. Arab regimes. Meanwhile, according the U.S. (the ”Big Satan”), Israel is also a reliable beachhead in the economically and militarily critical Middle East.
In 2014, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq benefit from Israel’s battle experience in general, and its counter-terrorism and urban warfare experience in particular. In 2007, Israel demolished a Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear reactor. In 1982, Israel destroyed 20 advanced Syrian-operated Soviet surface-to-air missile batteries, deployed throughout the world and deemed impregnable by the U.S.
Israel’s unique battle tactics were promptly shared with the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the U.S.’s military edge over Moscow. In 1981, Israel devastated Iraq’s nuclear reactor, sparing the U.S. a nuclear confrontation with Iraq in 1991. On July 4, 1976, Israel’s Entebbe hostage rescue operation was a turning point in the battle against Islamic terrorism, inspiring Western democracies and dealing a blow to America’s enemies.
In 1973, in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War against Soviet-aligned Egypt and Syria, Israel shared with the U.S. its battle experience, as well as captured Soviet military systems, which provided the U.S. military command and defense industries with a global competitive edge. In 1970, Israel’s military forced pro-Soviet Syria to roll back its invasion of pro-U.S. Jordan in efforts to topple the Hashemite regime. They surged into Saudi Arabia, affording the USSR a dramatic triumph and dealing the U.S. an unprecedented economic and national security blow.
In 1967, Israel obliterated the military forces of Syria and Egypt, aborting an attempt by the pro-Soviet Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, to bring down pro-U.S. Persian Gulf regimes, control the supply and price of oil, dominate the Arab world and provide Moscow with a historical victory. In November 1952, following Israel’s performance during the 1948-49 War of Independence, General Omar Bradley, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, proposed to expand strategic cooperation with Israel, only to be rebuffed by the State Department, which was Arab-oriented, denying the U.S. a more effective outpost in the Middle East.
In 2014, the U.S. faces a most vicious Islamic terrorist threat, which benefits from hundreds of sleeper cells on the U.S. mainland, is not amenable to peaceful coexistence and is not driven by the Palestinian issue, but by a 14-century-old intolerant violent Islamic ideology. It behooves the U.S. to learn from history by avoiding, rather than repeating, past mistakes; enhancing — rather than eroding — the mutually beneficial ties with its most stable, reliable, effective, experienced, democratic and unconditional ally, Israel.
By: Yoram Ettinger
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