How Our Muslim Allies Understand the "Crisis" Between the US and Israel
Given the so-called crisis between the US Administration and Israel, it is important to keep in mind the context of how our Muslim friends view this. Our Arab friends in the Gulf see us as abandoning our closest ally. From a Muslim point of view, all Muslims are brothers in Islam. They also see the non-Muslims as one (united) group. Israel and America (and for that matter Christian Europe) are therefore seen as one block.
If the US abandons Israel -- such a close friend, ally and in some deep way family to the US -- our Muslim allies reason that the US would surely do the same to them --who are not part of the non-Muslim world, and by definition, "not part of the non-Muslim family/brotherhood." This indicates to them that if our friends in the Gulf cannot trust the US to stand by them, outsiders will not fare better.
This means to our Arab friends and allies in the Gulf that they must look elsewhere for protection - maybe China or Russia - or even try to appease Iran, their hated/mortal enemy, to the fullest extent they can - which does NOT bode well for America.
Probably the best way to explain what the Muslims expect in this situation is to quote, a classic Muslim scholar, ibn Hazm on the concept of friendship, enmity, and war. This first appeared in English translation published by Prof. Bernard Lewis in Encounter Magazine in either 1968 (or possibly in 1969), and can be summarized as follows:
1. IBN HAZM (384-456/994-1064 CE) Muslim theologian and man of letters (Cordoba) The Book of Morals and Conduct (Kitaab al-Akhlaaq)
ibn Hazm on the Muslim concept of War (Enmity) and Allies (Friendships)
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