Al-Monitor: The Saudi-orchestrated bloc of Sunni Muslim states celebrated at US President Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh is splintering less than two weeks after the summit. There is growing unease with the summit’s intense animosity toward Iran and increasing concerns that the Saudis are inflaming the sectarian divide between Sunnis and Shiites. Trump’s domestic troubles are also raising doubts over whether Washington is reliable.
The most acrimonious split is in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which held its own private summit with the president. The Qatari emir allegedly told an audience at home just after the summit that the Saudis were placing too much trust in a president in deep political trouble at home.
The Saudis next escalated the dispute with Qatar considerably.
Opinion: We have been critical of the Saudi/Gulf states deal from day one and summarized our concerns on May 23 with ’10 reasons the deal could fail’ (here).
Here is number 10:
As direct descendants of Ishmael, Saudis have been unable to get along with their neighbors since the birth of Isaac (Genesis 25:18 NIV):
“His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.”
One does not have to be clairvoyant or a Middle East expert to have seen a disaster coming. It is because of the Gulf states deal that the president put the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on hold.
Tomorrow, June 1, Mr. Trump will have to decide whether to sign the waiver as his predecessors did, or take a stand for Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital.
Keep your promises to Jerusalem, Mr. President: “They will prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6 KJV.