George Birnbaum, an international political consultant who once served as chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is warning that a domino-style collapse of moderate Arab regimes could lead Israel to war.
Birnbaum, an expert in global politics, cited Fridayâ€™s collapse of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and the growing turmoil in nearby Jordan as ominous signs for Israel.
Israelâ€™s neighbor on the other side of the West Bank is ruled by King Abdullah II, a constitutional monarch who is Hashemite, a minority. Abdullah reigns over a population that is 70 percent Palestinian.
â€œHe had to relieve his government a few weeks ago,â€ Birnbaum told host Stuart Varney of Fox News on Friday. â€œIf that country goes, and in Bahrain and other countries, suddenly youâ€™re going to find Israel in a similar position it was in 1948, where itâ€™ll be isolated, surrounded by Islamic countries looking to see its destruction â€” with the one exception that Israel has the ability to defend itself this time.
â€œBut that creates another problem,â€ he added, â€œwhich is a regional if not greater war that the world will have to face.â€
Birnbaum said Israel could be â€œin great danger.â€
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