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The more that I read Booman Tribune’s latest article concerning the current events in Gaza between Israel & Hamas, I can’t help but think, “surely, Booman knows about the 19th-century Great Game and its’ 21st-century equivalent here?”

For those who don’t the first reference, the Great Game refers to the 19th-century rivalry between Great Britain and Czarist Russia which took place across the steppes of Central Asia – namely, in Afghanistan – and which, over time, bled both Britain and Russia dry in terms of both effort and blood. The 21st-century equivalent is the current conflict in Gaza and the fact that – as evidenced by how stunned Booman stated he was in his article – there seems to be a very interesting dynamic here in regards to some of the Arab states in the region.

Now, to be fair, most of these players – notably Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. – don’t give a flip whatsoever about Israel; neither country recognizes Israel and under most circumstances doesn’t care for the state of Israel. On the other hand, they really, really despise Hamas…and its’ on this basis that – privately – they’re hoping Israel absolutely effing crushes Hamas. Call it an unintended consequence of the 2011 Arab Spring, but what is going on, I would argue, is nothing more than a return to that age-old axiom: the enemy of my enemy is my friend

For what its’ though, I do agree with Booman’s conclusion and that is that, even with this, Israel had better figure out how to make a lasting peace with its’ neighbors or, to quote Booman:

And when this is all over and Hamas is defeated, assuming that is even accomplished, then Israel will immediately lose its erstwhile allies if they don’t reopen the peace talks and get real about ending the occupation.(Booman Tribune)

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