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By Benjamin Netanyahu

This exam of the center East's bothered heritage strains the origins, improvement and politics of Israel's dating with the Arab global and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will go away Israel at risk of Iraq and Iran.

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The political elites also saw support for jihad as a means to bolster their own legitimacy as Muslim rulers. Cash-­poor Egypt contributed by playing a key role in training the mujahideen. 15 Pakistan, given its location on Afghanistan’s border, saw the Soviet invasion as especially ominous. Pakistan’s president from 1978 to 1988, Chief of the Army Staff General Staff Muhammad Zia ul-­Haq, seized the chance to take charge of routing military, monetary, and other forms of aid from outside donors to the Afghan fighters.

Reynolds most Afghan fighters had no programmatic Islamist agenda, but Pakistan’s manipulation of aid to support Islamism over the course of a decade of war led many to adopt precisely such an agenda. As war, pestilence, famine, and death ravaged and emptied the Afghan countryside, a new generation came of age in the refugee camps of Pakistan. Dependent on the largesse of Arab Gulf and Pakistani-­sponsored Islamist charities for sustenance and education, these young Afghans grew up believing the application of a rigid and uncompromising interpretation of Islam to be a moral imperative and the only way to restore political order to their ravaged country.

President greeting Saddam Hussein with outstretched arms and a genial handshake. The Wars’ Entangled Roots | 31 The United States was not alone in aiding Iraq against Iran. The Soviet Union, France, China, Italy, Germany, and Brazil were among those selling arms and/or military technology to Iraq. Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni-­ ruled Arab Gulf states saw revolutionary Shi’i Iran as a real geopolitical and ideological threat. Iran was menacingly large, and its Islamic Revolution unsettled the Gulf monarchies.

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