Trump may have pushed Saudi Arabia and Iran closer to war—Commentary

There may be more intermediate steps to come, but we can all see where this is leading. A direct conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as opposed to the proxy war they’re fighting in Yemen, looks inevitable.

Speaking of proxy wars, if that direct conflict happens would it make fighting between Saudi Arabia and Iran a U.S. proxy war? The answer seems to be yes, especially when one connects the very clear and sequential dots listed above. The harder question to answer is whether such a war, proxy or not, can be avoided.

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Trump may have pushed Saudi Arabia and Iran closer to war—Commentary

It appears that Israel and Saudi Arabia are in agreement about Iran. Should a direct war between Iran and Saudi Arabia ignite, then Israel might provide some kind of aid to Saudi Arabia. Given that Hezbollah and Israel are talking about war too, Israel might act to prevent Hezbollah from helping Iran. This is not exactly rocket science, so Iran knows this too. I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran pushes its allies (Hezbollah/Syria/Hamas) to start a war with Israel first in order to preempt a war with Saudi Arabia.