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The Iranian Factor

The Middle East has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reasons.  While oil becomes scarce after Russia stopped exporting oil to Europe, countries with oil reserves are politicizing their oil options. Notable among them are Russia and Iran. The Iranians turned to Russia to bolster their influence in the region as well as join the Eastern bloc opposing the US influence.  Putin jumped on the opportunity to get the Iranians in their “corner”.

All that realignment is not good for Israel, as we all know by now. The Iranians are not in any hurry to settle the nuclear agreement with the West, as they become much stronger politically. Further along this line, the Saudis are trying to “neutralize” the Iranian threat in the region and are doing it with the help of Russia. That in turn minimizes the possibility of better relations between the Saudis and Israel.

Hopefully, as relations improve between Israel and other Arab countries, the Saudis will come around, as they could use the Israelis powerful technology in science and the military.

About the Author
Jack Molad was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 during the British Mandate period and fought with the Haganah. Jack set out for the United States to spread Israeli tradition to Jews in the US. He achieved a masters degree at Saint Louis University and established Hebrew programs for traditional Jewish youth in Saint Louis, Omaha, and Dallas. Jack also founded and led Teen Tours, a summer program in Israel for traditional Jewish teens to experience Israel. Jack returned to Jerusalem in 2021, where he resides with many of his children and grandchildren.
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