Here is a new essay by Paul Merkley, How the Geneva Accords Have Increased the Isolation of Israel, reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.
In a previous essay, “King Abdullah’s bombshell,” (November 13, 2013), I explored some implications of the rejection by King Abdullah of a seat for his Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the United Nations Security Council (October 18, 2013.) Since then, the very thing that Abdullah had sought to prevent by this petulant action – getting up from the table, and tipping-over the game-board – has happened. Following breakneck negotiations at Geneva — “breakneck,” that is, as compared to a decade of chin-wagging under UN auspices – the United States, the UN, and major western powers have surrendered to Iran the right to retain a “nuclear enrichment” programme that makes sense only as a precursor to acquiring nuclear weapons. Under the same Accord they have wound down the economic sanctions that had hitherto inhibited Iran’s progress along that same path.
Now I need to back up a few months in time and widen the lens of the geographic view-finder a few degrees in order take in a larger perspective than I considered when our focus was on Saudi Arabia and its diplomatic quandary. In this present essay I consider the effect of the Geneva Accords upon Israel, In an essay to follow, I shall consider how the Accords have affected Saudi Arabia and other regional players.