DAVID BEN GURION'S DOCTRINE
Igor Muradyan

Story from Lragir.am News:
http://www.lragir.am/engsrc/politics27246.html
Published: 13:03:04 - 31/08/2012

A leading Israeli political scientist said the problem of Israel is
our politicians who are small-minded and cannot compare to founding
fathers. In fact, the political priorities worked out by Israeli
politicians at the beginning of the 1950s remain as they were despite
drastic changes in the world.

A European woman living in Armenia told her son whose father was
Armenian. I named you in honor of King David, not David of Sasun. Not
bad, isn't it?

David Ben Gurion did not fancy developing foreign political doctrines.

His doctrine of second neighborhood, the partnerships with non-Arab
states of the Near East and adjacent regions was worked out by British
diplomats who had a considerable experience of work in the Near East
and made considerable efforts to prevent the establishment of Israel.

In accordance with this doctrine Israel maintained close relations
with Iran and Turkey, the catholic communities of the Near East.

Over the past 20 years Israel has tried to set up relations with
Georgia, Azerbaijan and Central Asian states. There were also efforts
to set up relations with Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

The revolution in Iran, and currently growing neo-Ottoman ambitions
of Turkey have changed the situation considerably, foiled David Ben
Guriun's doctrine but Israel continues to implement this policy,
understanding the controversial relations among the states of the
region, not attaching great importance to such a thesis as Islamic
solidarity.

Before the occurrence of such a large-scale phenomenon as the Arab
revolutions in the early 2011 there were tendencies in the Israeli
politics to review David Ben Gurion's doctrine but taking into
account only the change of the side of the same medal. Most probably,
seeing the controversies of Turkey and Iran with the Arab states,
Israel understands that the Arabs are reviewing their understanding
and priorities of rivals and threats.

The leading Arab states are likely to consolidate efforts for the
implementation of the "double containment" policy, that is expansion
of Turkey and Iran which are geopolitical rivals. Israel has experience
of recruiting some Arab states, and Gaddafi said since the Arab states
are not able to defeat Israel, it should be ignored by the Arab world.

By the way, Israel's traditional rival Great Britain treats these
plans with precaution because the British politics presupposes a high
level of confrontation between Arab states and Israel.

In this regard one should follow Israel's intentions regarding Armenia
more attentively. Armenia is viewed as a factor of demonstration of
"diversification" of Israeli policy on the region to its priority
partners in the South Caucasus Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Armenia could easily get the understanding of the United States and
Europe regarding large-scale military supplies of Israel to Azerbaijan
despite its obviously aggressive behavior and the military conflict
in the region. Besides, the Armenian issue is becoming instrumental
for Israel in the policy on Turkey.

Armenia should be more active relating to the plans and intentions
of Israel. Israel is an important factor of tensions and threats in
the South Caucasus. It is necessary to understand that it will not
be possible to remain neutral in this situation.




From: A. Papazian