Israel and Saudi Arabia, a suspicious relationship
Israel and Saudi Arabia's shared concerns over Iran won't be enough to develop pragmatic ties without Israel defusing the biggest obstacle between them: the Palestinian issue.
The last two postings of my diplomatic career, spanning the years 2006 to 2102, were to Israel and then to Saudi Arabia. Many of our friends wondered how my wife and I would cope with the transition, from – in popular headline terms – a vibrant democracy (at least within Green Line Israel) with a free press and Western-style chattering classes, to what is generally perceived as a distinctly...
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