Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
By Azer Ahmadbayli – Trend:
A matter that for decades was a severe headache for the whole Middle East and generations of negotiators from all over the world has been sorted out with a stroke of the pen by charismatic president of the US.
The news is really world-shaking and many have begun to guess what’s going to happen next and how it will all end.
But what confused me more is the role and place of the EU in the story.
On December 5, after a bilateral meeting between High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels, in a joint statement to the media Ms. Mogherini said: “Our meeting has confirmed the importance that the EU and the US attach to their close partnership and cooperation... it’s also an opportunity to renew collectively our commitment to a close cooperation on a number of important points.”
And then: “…we discussed…the resumption of a meaningful peace process towards a two-state solution. We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided. A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled.”
She also said that they would discuss that with Prime Minister Netanyahu next Monday and with President Abbas later, at the beginning of next year.
Tillerson in his speech said that the meeting illustrated again the strong commitment that the U.S. had to the European alliance and the important role that the European alliance played in their shared security objectives.
But in exactly a day later Mr. Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
That is, while Mogherini and Tillerson were exchanging bows with each other in Brussels, the matter has already been decided in Washington and their words about the allied commitments were worth nothing.
No wonder if tomorrow, when fate of the nuclear agreement with Iran comes to agenda the US could act the same way, bending Europe to its will or, otherwise, taking the EU’s opinion into no account as it happened this time.
Now it is a good time to remember Trump’s “America first” slogan. While EU members are busy with Parliament crisis in Germany, state sector reforms in France and Brexit in Great Britain, Washington is advancing its national interests in the region that were clearly expressed by Zbigniew Brzezinski back in 1980: “Let our position be absolutely clear - an attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.”
To be honest, in 1980 those words were addressed to the leadership of the former Soviet Union but times change, and now Iran is trying to play the first chair violin in the Middle East. And, as Donald Trump believes, Tehran took that way too far.
By making the first step in an attempt to close down the chapter of the decades-lasted Palestine-Israeli history Washington wishes the enmity between Israel and the Arab states to come to an end. Then a ground will be made to concentrate its own and its regional allies’ efforts for destroying Iran’s ruling regime – a single power that defied USA and encroached on the US vital interests in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East as a whole.