Will the ‘Iranian threat’ push Arabs closer to Israel?

Badr al-Rashed,
The New Arab.

Arab officials and academics joined former Israeli foreign minister, MK Tzipi Livni at a conference earlier this week attempting to unite leaders under the banner ‘United Against Nuclear Iran’ (UANI).

Emirati ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba and Bahrain’s legal advisor Sheika Haya Rashed al-Khalifa attended the event in New York on Monday, which was largely dominated by pro-Israeli US diplomats, including organisation founder, Mark Wallace and former CIA chief James Woolsey.

The day-long conference was organised by UANI, which describes itself as a spearhead for the “global education campaign focused on the risks of doing business with Iran.”

The public event was launched by the UAE’s ambassador, al-Otaiba who discussed the Gulf State’s view of the nuclear deal almost a year after it had been reached.

Arab academics including Lebanese Tony Badran and Saudi Arabian Mohammed Khalid Al-Yahya were among the speakers presenting the fourth session entitled Iran’s Destabilising Role in the Middle East.

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