Gaddaffi’s Libya, Mubarak’s Iraq, and Mohammad VI’s Morocco were all main participants in the US torture program, and extraordinary renditions. Iran was a US partner in the invasions of Iraq & Afghanistan & the attacks against ISIS.
Jordan has always been a british imperially created state & behind closed doors a good friend of Israel. Israel has never refused a peace deal the US told them to make.
Netanyahu literally campaigned in the 90s against a peace deal with Arafat. When he won, after he gloated, Clinton told him he had to sign the deal and soon sure enough there’s photos of Netanyahu shaking Arafat’s hand. Ditto recent normalization efforts with Gulf States.
The nuclear deal between Iran & Obama’s regime only came about bc European allies basically told the US they were sick of their shit & Russia & PRC told Iran they had to play nice.
I don’t think people understand how throughly every state in the MENA regions policies are basically entirely decided by the great powers on all sides.
The Israel Lobby’s supposed unbreakable power becomes less impressive once you learn they’ve never successfully passed a policy that conflicted with US military or oil/arms/finance interests, a point even Walt, who wrote the foundational book on the subject, discusses.

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