Tova Herzl

I had a dream, but then I woke up

I had a dream

I dreamt that, as part of the Big Plan, which includes normalization with Israel, Saudi Arabia will develop a nuclear program for civilian purposes only, and will never desire an upgrade, equivalent to Iranian capabilities.

I had a dream that once America supplies it with any type of nuclear capability, there will be no demands from other countries in the region for comparable equipment and abilities. In my dream – you know how confusing dreams can be – it was clear that when Egypt, Turkey or others in the region, who are partners of America but do not have the same energy resources as Saudi Arabia, will expect to be treated like the Kingdom, the United States will help them obtain energetic independence.

In my dream, if the United States refused, I envisioned that those countries would not seek other suppliers. I imagined that if they sought such options, they would not find them.

I also had a dream that all those countries, including Saudi Arabia, will adhere strictly to each of the rules which will be set as pre-conditions for supply, and that they would welcome ongoing supervision. I dreamt that if they should ever deviate from any of their commitments, America and international bodies, notably the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Security Council, would immediately take a firm stand, and transgressions would cease forthwith.

My alternate dream was that strict adherence would be maintained eternally, or at least until one of the parties, say the US under a particular president, will withdraw from the agreement, thus granting the other party an open check to enrich.

I had a dream that products of this enrichment in these newly-capable countries, would be held under lock and key, and nothing will ever find its way into undesirable hands. It was my dream that those countries will forever be ruled by stable regimes, which will never change priorities, be overthrown etc.

I dreamt that the Prime Minister, who allegedly consulted with no one before okaying the sale of advanced German submarines to Egypt, will request and seriously consider expert opinion before approving increased nuclearization of the Middle East.

But mostly, I dreamt of the ensuing tranquility which will envelop us, like a feather blanket.

I had a dream that the Palestinians will be ever-so-thrilled that Israel and Saudi Arabia have normalized relations. I pictured them realizing that in the big scheme of Nobel Prize winning plans, they are a mere footnote. I visualized them immediately dropping any national aspirations, grateful that they can play a role in facilitating the emergence of the New Middle-East.

I dreamt of them rejecting armed resistance, for example in response to expansion of settlements. In my dream, I knew that there will be no further need for roadblocks or counter-terror activities, and that the IDF will henceforth allocate its resources solely to standing up to external threats.

I had a dream of impending annexation, under the auspices of the Saudi deal, which will give Palestinians the vote. I dreamt that their pride in their contribution to the grand success of the current government in solving their most urgent problems – direct flights to Riyadh! Haj pilgrimage by rail! – will most likely persuade them to vote for any one of the coalition’s current components.

What a dream! And then I woke up.

About the Author
Tova Herzl served twice as congressional liaison in Washington DC, was Israel's first ambassador to the newly independent Baltic states, and took early retirement after a tumultuous ambassadorship in South Africa. She is the author of the book, Madame Ambassador; Behind The Scenes With A Candid Israeli Diplomat.
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