The UAE Arms Deal Changes the Subject From the Arab-Israeli Conflict to the Arab-Iranian Conflict
We begin with today’s Senate vote on the $23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates which is likely to face a veto from Trump that is unlikely to be overridden given that Israel supports the deal which takes away the usual concern senators have to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region. Sarah Leah Whitson and Michael Eisner join us and Sarah is the executive director of Democracy for the Arab World, DAWN, an organization founded by the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of Democracy for the Arab World and a former Attorney Adviser at the U.S. State Department. We discuss how the UAE is already punching above its weight militarily in Yemen and Libya and this deal, coming out of the so-called Abraham Accords peace deal, exposes the true nature of that deal which is more about arms than peace and is an attempt to change the subject from the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Arab-Iranian conflict. With the incoming Biden Administration likely to be much tougher on the Saudi Crown Prince, we explore the possibility that the reckless impunity of MbS might be curbed and his future as Saudi Arabia’s new king could be in question.