Although it's common knowledge that various Arab countries have back channel dealings or communications with Israel; members of the American Israeli lobby publicly praising Arab countries is not something we regularly hear about. Then again I suppose circumstances have brought these unlikely allies togerther in order to deal with a common enemy : Iran. AIPAC speakers praise Saudi Arabia and UAE leadership ''Stephen Greenberg told the annual conference, under way here in the US capital, on Monday that he visited both countries and was encouraged by the leaders of the UAE for their "tolerance" and "commitment to fight terrorism". ''Danny Ayalon, former Israeli deputy foreign minister, who also spoke at the conference, told Al Jazeera that he has "good relations with Saudi leaders" and that Israel has a lot in common with the Arab Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, especially in countering Iran's rising power in the region.'' We tend to forget that in addition to wanting Assad to remain in power for their long term self interests the Russians were also very aware and worried that an IS victory in Syria would eventually lead to jihadists turning in the Caucasus. To Putin, Assad’s enemies in Syria are the same as Russia’s in Chechnya ''The Russians know exactly who they are fighting in Syria, which is why Russian pilot Roman Filipov blew himself up with his own grenade rather than be captured by Islamists. For Putin, those Chechens who resisted his firepower inside Russia are merely continuing their struggle inside a Russian ally further to the south.'' ''For him, Assad’s enemies today were Russia’s enemies in Chechnya – in a few cases, the very same individuals – and, however much horror we express at the outrageous killing of civilians, we should not be surprised. Once superpowers become involved in Middle East wars, “terms and conditions” do not apply. Until it’s over. Did anyone mention Iraq?''