Monday, December 11, 2006
This New Alliance is Sweet And Very Touching
"A DECLARATION by Arab Gulf states that they intend to pursue a nuclear energy program has drawn a surprising welcome from Israeli officials.
Leaders of six Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, ordered a feasibility study of a joint atomic energy program at the conclusion of a two-day summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council in Riyadh.
The oil-rich countries, all predominantly Sunni Arab states, made it clear their declaration was intended to prod the West into stopping Shia Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, lest the Sunni Arab world also embark on a nuclear arms race.
Israel has always feared the Arab world obtaining nuclear arms but is now encouraging an unspoken alliance with Sunni states, which share an interest in curbing the growth of Iranian power. "