GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

Family Name:
First Name:
Mohamed AbdAllah Youness
Title of Paper:
The Continuity and Change of Gulf States Image in Israeli Epistemic Community.
Paper Proposal Text :
During the last Seven years, The Israeli Think tanks, Research Centers and Academic Institutes showed a Gradually Rising interest in Gulf States Regional Policies, and their Policy oriented publications began to concentrate on Their growing impact on regional transformations, especially after the Arab Revolutions, the outbreak of Internal Conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen and The Rising Iranian Threats to The Regional Stability.
After decades of Overlooking the Regional Roles of Gulf States and concentrating only on Their immense financial and Political Support to Israel Neighboring Countries Like Egypt and The Arab Peace Initiative Spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, the epistemic community in Israel began to Observe Attentively the Rising Unprecedented Transformations in The Regional Policies of Gulf States and Their rising impact on The Regional Balance of Power and The Israeli Regional Interests.
The changing Regional Dynamics after The Arab Revolutions led to The Full Transition of Center of Gravity from The Traditional Arab Pivotal Powers like Egypt Towards Gulf States That assumed The position of Regional Leadership Collectively and Individually , This Change in Power distribution in the middle east led Israeli Research institutions to change Their Traditional Views and Assessments about The roles of Gulf states and This was accompanied by a rising interest in Gulf Affairs and Gulf States Regional Policies in The Publications issued by These institutions.
on The other hand, The Israeli Epistemic Community Realized that The Rivalry of Gulf States and Iran can be considered a window of opportunity to Israel to change Regional Priorities away from Arab- Israeli Conflict, inspire and Support international Proposals of a Regional Alliance against Iran That Guarantee The Regional involvement of Israel and Also to undermine the Palestinian Internal Unity Throw Facilitating a Proxy Conflict between Regional Powers and assisting in sustaining Clashes between Fatah and Hamas and other Palestinian Factions.
The Israeli Research institutions also Focused on How to Deal with The Formal and public refusal in Gulf States to developing any kind of relations with Israel and The Failure of all Previous attempts of Israeli Governments to construct Ties with Gulf States in Economic or Trade issues or even Through Showing a degree of Leniency in Responding to Peace initiatives issued by Gulf States and requesting a Mediation Roles played by gulf states in The Palestinian- Israeli Peace Process.
The importance of Analyzing the Views and Assessments of Israeli Epistemic Community is related to Their substantial role as Gate Keepers Connecting the Policy Making Networks and the Israeli Public Opinion, These Institutions also have also have a considerable influence on The attitudes of Israeli political elite and public opinion and an enormous Impact on Policy Making Process Specially in Foreign Policy Realms because They Provide Policy Makers with assessments and Recommendations to Formulate a balanced Foreign Policy to deal with Regional Fundamental Changes.
Consequently, this paper will focus on analyzing Continuity and change of Gulf States Image in The Assessments of Israeli Epistemic community, the indicators of The rising interest in Gulf States Regional Roles, the transformation in The issues and views about Gulf states expressed in The Publications issued by These Research institutions during The Period Between 2011 and 2017 and The impact of These changes on The Israeli Formal Policy towards Gulf States.
The paper will depend on Content analysis of The publications of Israeli think tanks, Research institutions, and Academic institutes about Gulf states to reach a valid conclusion concerning The Rising Trends of change of Their Views and assessment concerning The Gulf states and Their Regional Roles and The Policy Recommendations They Provide to Policy Makers about how to Cope with The Regional Transformations.