Israel and Saudi Arabia are not friends and do not even have diplomatic relations, but they work in parallel when it is in their national interest to do so.
Why should not the governments of the United States and Iran work together against our common enemies, the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) and Al Qaeda?
This would make more sense than trying to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda while making common cause with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates against the main enemies of ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Maybe this is what President Obama had in mind. Maybe this is already U.S. policy. If so, good!
Americans criticize the Iranian government for giving weapons and other help to armed factions in other countries, but that is no different from what the Saudis, the Gulf emirates, Israel and the United States itself does. Iran’s current intervention in Iraq and Syria is at the invitation of the governments of those countries.
I think the violent conflicts in the Middle East, including the Sunni-Shiite conflict, would die down if Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, the USA and other countries agreed among themselves to stop giving weapons, supplies and money to the various battling groups.
Unfortunately that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. But I have to say the such an agreement is more likely than other nations agreeing to be neutral while the US government continues conducting bombing campaigns and arming its own proxies.
Iran and the United States are neither friends nor enemies. They are countries with their own interests, which sometimes overlap and sometimes conflict.
Rethinking Iran by Kevin Schwartz and Arjun Singh Sethi for Counterpunch.