Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan Could Spur Greater Israeli Cooperation with Sunni States

(Ha'aretz) Yossi Melman - America's rivals China and Russia also need to be concerned about the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban could try to export terror to Central Asia to destabilize Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. China, with its Muslim Uyghur minority, shares this fear. Moreover, the establishment of a Taliban government in Kabul by a Sunni movement with a religious-fundamentalist ideology does not bode well for the Shiite regime in Tehran. At the same time, concerns that the Taliban will renew its alliance with al-Qaeda and return to spreading the idea of global jihad could spur greater cooperation between Israel and Sunni states like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.

2021-08-19 00:00:00

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