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Since the downfall of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago, changes affecting the Middle East have largely originated outside the region.This is a cause for concern for Arab leaders, especially in Gulf Cooperation Council countries.The Arab-Israeli conflict today no longer involves Arabs and Israelis – it mainly involves Palestinians and Israelis.Contrary to the mid-1970s, when Arab countries brandished the "oil weapon," instigating a global energy crisis which crippled the economies of major industrialized countries, Arab countries today are a spent force.The rift between Arab states, notably in the Arab East and the Gulf, seems beyond repair.As for Israel, it is safe and strong, surrounded by crumbling Arab states.The U.S. may not win Iran to its side but nor will it lose Iran's Arab neighbors, who do not have many alternatives to maintaining good relations with Washington.The nuclear issue on its own is less significant for Gulf leaders than Iran's growing influence throughout the Middle East, which is being pursued through "conventional," not nuclear, means.Arab leaders have yet to adapt to the changing nature of Middle Eastern politics in an age of internally generated Arab upheavals, which many seem to regret.
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