I was surprised last month when Israel was elected to chair the prestigious United Nations legal committee, also known as the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee.
It was a vote by UN countries — many of which are unfree, the largest bloc of which are Muslim countries — and it passed, getting 109 votes out of 175 votes.
Normally, the chair of this committee would be decided by consensus. This time, the ambassador from Yemen demanded a vote. But it was a secret vote.
And according to a Qatari newspaper, four Arab countries voted for Israel. Despite all of their noisy bluster.
I don’t know if that’s true. But it wouldn’t surprise me.
The Middle East is a different place these days.
The United States has destabilized it, backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere, and doing a shocking deal with Iran.
So if you’re a Gulf State, who’s your friend? If you’re in a battle against the Islamic State, do you think you can count on Obama?
If you’re the King of Jordan or the President of Egypt, you probably look at Israel as the most stable, most reliable, strongest thing in the region.