God is a being who laughs. This is how Rafael Argullol described it at the beginning of his Human Dance, his latest and monumental reflection on life, the world, history and the natural idea of a divinity that does not care about the fate of people. A great and divine laugh will accompany the historic event that is being prepared when three figures like Mohamed Bin Salmán,…
God is a being who laughs. This is how Rafael Argullol described it at the beginning of his Human Dance, his latest and monumental reflection on life, the world, history and the natural idea of a divinity that does not care about the fate of people. A great and holy joke will accompany the historical event that is being prepared when three figures like Mohamed Bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden achieve the crazy and impossible goal that denies almost everything received ideas about the conflicting region of the Middle East, the land of three monotheistic religions.
The impulsive, warmongering and murderous prince; The populist, manipulative and corrupt politician, and the old and stammering president want to achieve peace between the Arabs and Palestinians, achieve the recognition of Israel by the Arab countries and even convert it a land divided and martyred by wars, terrorism and autocracies that are more violent than a European imitation of prosperity, stability and cooperation, even without the case of freedom and democracy. You have to go back to the greatest political events of the 20th century to find something similar: the disarmament agreements that sealed the end of the Cold War, the opening of the United States to China, or the Yalta and Potsdam summits , where the world is organized after the Second World War.
The divine carom that this strange trio of aces wants to achieve, greased by the extraordinary revenues from Saudi oil, will solve many of the problems that plague the planet. The masterstroke will be a strategic agreement between Washington and Riyadh that will include the establishment of a nuclear industry in the Arab country, under American supervision. Saudi Arabia will recognize Israel, at the culmination of the Trump-sponsored Abraham Accords, which added the Emirates and Bahrain to the extensive list of Arab countries that have diplomatic relations with the Zionist state.
This is not an easy game. Saudi historical precedent requires solving the Palestinian question at the same time. Here it is, broken and damaged, the two-state formula, now unworkable according to many of its proponents. Even if Bin Salman doesn’t ask for it, something important must be given to the Palestinians. Limit Jewish settlements, instead of carte blanche to continue their expansion. A law for Jerusalem that satisfies Arab and Muslim public opinion. Finally, a price high enough to break the current Government of Netanyahu with the current partners of the far right and look for other partners in the center, in favor of the understanding of the Palestinians.
Netanyahu saved his seat and will continue for a few more years. Bin Salman will wash his reputation. Biden will achieve success on the eve of the election that will more than compensate for his failure in Afghanistan. If these amazing three make their fantasy come true, the God of Abraham’s three religions will laugh heartily.