Moving from Hassan Rouhani to Binyamin Netanyahu in NYC, the WSJ‘s Jay Solomon hit the nail on the head by tweeting: “Obama set to sell Iran diplomacy to Israel, Arabs and Congress.” Of course, Solomon’s not the only journalist to recognize that there is no US-Iran tango without the rest of the Middle East.
For instance, AP reported from Dubai that
“The prospect of Iran and the U.S. becoming something less than arch foes — a flirtation at the U.N. General Assembly capped by President Barack Obama’s groundbreaking telephone call to Rouhani — pushes the Gulf states toward unfamiliar territory.”
Filing from Riyadh, the WSJ contended
“The Obama administration’s handling of overtures on Syria and Iran have outraged regional ally Saudi Arabia, which is signaling it wants to do more to boost the power of armed Sunni rebel groups on the ground in Syria as the U.S. pursues diplomacy.”
Meanwhile, the NYT lumped the Sunni countries and Israel together and opined:
For Israel and Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, President Obama’s telephone call with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday was the geopolitical equivalent of discovering your best friend flirting with your main rival.
That’s more or less how the western media has viewed reactions from the region so far; we’ve seen less so far from the players themselves (in English).
We did notice that the author of this Al-Arabiya piece is definitely not happy. Furthermore, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported that because of developments on the Iranian issue, during the past week
“conversations have taken place between senior Israeli diplomats and officials from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and other Sunni Gulf states. An Israeli official who requested anonymity said there was a common message in these conversations and a shared sense of anxiety.”
Should continue to be interesting for the media in NYC this week.