December 7, 2013
ALLIED AGAINST DEMOCRACY:
Saudi Arabia - Israel's New BFF? (Joshua Cohen, 12/06/13, Times of Israel)
Given the fact that both the Saudis and Israelis are a) worried about the effects of the nuclear deal the US has cut with Iran; and b) see the Iranian regime as their greatest adversary, does this mean that there is scope for an alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia?The short answer is that it depends on what is meant by "alliance". If we are talking about a formal treaty - with Bibi and King Fahd exchanging cheek kisses - than the answer is no. Alliances like that between the US and the UK or the US and Israel are built not just on shifting definitions of national interests, but on a deep and enduring sense of shared values and history. Needless to say, this is not the type of relationship Israel and the Saudis share.
If only that were the case, but what unites them is the shared value and history of opposing popular sovereignty in the Middle East.
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2013 8:01 AM
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