British and French interests of 1916 created a host of problems over the next century. Today, Israel should worry about the different world views that have developed between itself and the West. But the new situation also presents Israel with opportunities.

Exactly one hundred years ago, British diplomat Sir Mark Sykes and French diplomat François Georges-Picot divided the Middle East into two zones of influence with catastrophic consequences. This misguided attempt at political order is currently under serious challenge and Israel must be prepared.