Israeli MK Oren: ‘New Line’ in Mideast

Knesset Member, Ambassador and Author Michael Oren (Photo source: Wikipedia)

The decision of several Arab Muslim states to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar is a “new line drawn in the Middle Eastern sand,” says Member of Knesset Michael Oren, a former Israeli Ambassador to the US.

The American-born Israeli historian was quoted in The Jerusalem Post stating that the development is a turning point in the region, in which Israel was no longer solely pitted against Arab states, but now Israel and Arabs nations alike were unified in efforts “against Qatar-financed terror.”

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen severed their ties with the wealthy Gulf nation, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.