From Lebanon to Iraq, something is moving in the Middle East after Trump’s Abrahamic Accords

Following the geopolitical analyzes of former Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, there is no doubt that we come to think of all the possible evil of the Abrahamic Agreements, or the agreement for the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, to which Bahrain has been added and other Arab / Muslim countries will soon be added.

Too bad that D'Alema's reading is by now dated (it was already at the time of his government …), the “Palestinian-centric” perspective with which to look at international relations in the Near East has been denied by the facts.

As we have already noted in Atlantico Quotidiano , the Abrahamic Agreements – wanted by President Trump – have triggered a radical revision of Middle Eastern geopolitics, which has allowed not only the normalization of relations between Jerusalem-Abu Dhabi and Manama, but also the agreement of free flight over the skies by Israeli aircraft allowed by Saudi Arabia, the agreement between the civil aviation forces of Jordan and Israel to increase collaboration and reduce the flight of civilian aircraft by hours and the start of negotiations on maritime borders between Israel and Lebanon ( de facto , therefore, Beirut recognized Israel's right to exist, despite the official state of war between the two countries and despite Hezbollah…).

However, the question does not end here. As noted, one of the first countries that could join in recognizing Israel is Sudan. This is incredible, especially if we consider that Khartoum was the center of the "three no" to Israel ("no to the recognition of Israel, no to peace with Israel and no to negotiations with Israel", was the year 1967 ) and above all the country that par excellence defended the worst Islamist terrorism, hosting the terrorist and founder of al-Qaeda Osama Bin Laden on its territory for years.

Even more sensational is that, after the signing of the Abrahamic Agreements, the recognition of Israel is being spoken of in Iraq. Mind you, not in Sunni and Kurdish Iraq, but in Shiite Iraq and once totally pro-Iranian. A few days ago, Bahaa Al-Araji, former spokesman for the Sadrist Movement and former Iraqi deputy prime minister between 2014 and 2015, when the premier was al-Abadi, a loyalist, proposed to normalize diplomatic relations between Baghdad and Jerusalem. Tehran. Surprisingly, this Iraqi politician loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr backed his proposal in a TV interview on the local Iran-founded channel. Not only that, he also stated that the proposal to normalize relations with Israel could come not from Baghdad, but from the governorate of Najaf, or from the beating heart of Iraqi Shiism.

Needless to say, shortly after the interview, Bahaa al-Araji was threatened by other representatives of the Sadrist Movement, clearly opposed to his proposal. In the meantime, however, the proposal has been put forward and this, in itself, represents a historic step. Especially if we add that, being interviewed on the subject, Iraqi Prime Minister al-Khadimi refused to comment on the hypothesis of a normalization of diplomatic relations between the Emirates and Israel, judging it to be an internal Abu Dhabi affair (comment that Tehran would not have liked ).

Apparently, the idea of ​​normalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and Iraq appears to be more than a mere arthouse ballon from some brave Iraqi leader. According to the Sunni Iraqi politician Mithal al-Alusi, in fact, an Iraqi delegation would be traveling to Europe and his tour would include Paris, Berlin and London. In the English capital, according to al-Alusi, formal and informal meetings are planned to discuss the normalization of relations between Baghdad and Jerusalem.

It is not known whether what al-Alusi said is true or not, but it is certain that it is a person who paid dearly for his political courage. After spending a lifetime in exile for fighting Saddam Hussein, al-Alusi ended up in an Iraqi court for voluntarily deciding to visit Israel in 2004. In 2005, therefore, al-Alusi's car was ambushed. in which his two sons, Ayman and Jamal, aged just 29 and 24, were killed. The militiamen led by Asaad al-Hashimi, Iraqi minister of culture at the time, organized the attack. In response, in 2008, al-Alusi decided to go to Israel once again, stating that the Jewish state was a garrison of freedom and that Iraq's real enemy was Iran.

For the record, the head of the Iraqi Central Bank, Mustafa Ghaleb Mukhaif , appears to be in the delegation sent by Prime Minister al-Khadimi to Europe. Its role would be to convince investors that Iraq is a financially reliable country. Exactly the opposite of Iran, which has been blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for years, for the endemic corruption of its financial system and for money laundering for terrorist purposes.

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