Iran’s Arab-Israeli Military Alliance – What It Means for Iran and the Middle East
An alliance between two Arab states is one of the most powerful diplomatic tools available to a country. It can help establish and maintain diplomatic relations, and also help strengthen external relations. It can also be used to pressure another country.
If the alliance is strong enough, it will usually be based on a natural and shared cultural affinity. This article will look at the implications of an Arab-Israeli military alliance between Iran and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
It will also look at the positive and negative aspects of the alliance, focusing on the role of the Iranian and Arab militaries.
Since the beginning of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government has been wary of outside powers forming military alliances with particular countries or regions. This is especially given the country’s historical and cultural ties with Arab nations.
Given the volatile situation in the Middle East and the existing tensions between Israel and the Arab countries in the region, the notion of an Arab-Israeli military alliance between Iran and the Arab states in the Persian Gulf is still a foreign idea. However, there are several signs that this could be changing.
Iran is considering joining the military alliance of Iraq and Syria
In May of this year, IRINN, the Iranian government’s official news agency, said that the Islamic Republic was interested in joining the military alliance of Iraq and Syria.
There have also been reports that said that Iran was planning to establish a permanent military base in Syria, in order to establish itself as a regional power.
There is no indication yet on whether the country would join the military alliance of Iraq and Syria or create its own alliance.
Iran is considering joining the military alliance of Lebanon and Israel
In January of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran was planning to establish a permanent military base in Lebanon in order to secure its strategic interests in the region.
The report said that Iran would establish a military facility on the west side of Beirut, where it would have permanent access to the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.
The facility would have the capacity to house 2,000 military personnel and the Journal said it is expected to cost around $2 billion.
Iran is considering signing the nuclear agreement with five world powers
On 24 May 2017, the Iranian government signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which brought the country into the nuclear fold.
The JCPOA is an international agreement that comprehensively regulates Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting of most international economic sanctions against the country.
Iran is considering signing the strategic partnership agreement
On 6 May 2017, the Iranian government and Britain’s government signed the strategic partnership agreement, which will see Britain begin offering military training to Iranian forces.
The agreement also aims to modernize Iran’s air force, army, and navy.
Iran and Iraq are planning a military alliance
In February of this year, the two countries signed an agreement for military-to-military relations.
In a statement, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that Iran and Iraq are “working on the details” for a military alliance.
The two countries have a long history of military ties, dating back to the middle of the 19th century.
Gulf states are interested in an Iranian-Arab military alliance
In February of this year, Al Jazeera reported that the Gulf States are interested in an Iranian-Arab military alliance.
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been looking to strengthen their military ties with Iran, partly in anticipation of a possible military alliance between the two countries.
The United Arab Emirates already has an alliance with Iraq
In February of this year, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash visited Iraq and signed an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi to strengthen military ties between the two countries.
The agreement covers equipment, including drones, and personnel exchanges between the two armies.
It also includes the expansion of the trade and investment agreement between the two countries.
What happens next?
After the signing of the agreement, the two countries will begin discussion on the technical details of the military alliance, such as the command and control mechanisms and the equipment to be supplied to the Iraqi army.
After that, the two nations will need to go through a final protocol approval.
If all goes according to plan, the military alliance between the two nations could be established in as little as six months.
An Arab-Israeli military alliance could be a positive development for the Middle East. The countries that make up the alliance would represent a large portion of the region’s population. This would help bring the people of the area together, rather than the current situation of ethnic and religious conflict.
The Arab-Israeli military alliance would also help the two states improve their military relationships, while creating a stable environment for greater trade and economic relations.
However, the most important impact of the alliance would be on the image and standing of both countries in the region. If the members of the alliance are able to present a united front, it would show the outside world that the region is a safe place to invest and do business.