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Why Israel Wanted America to Start a War With Saudi Arabia

Under-the-radar ties with Riyadh are intensifying, but it wasn’t so long ago that Israel categorically refused to explore peace with Saudi Arabia, and even tried to provoke the U.S. into attacking the kingdom

Azriel Bermant
Azriel Bermant
Azriel Bermant
Azriel Bermant

In August 2020, Israel announced that it had reached historic peace deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that would become known as the Abraham Accords. At the end of March, Israel hosted a summit in the Negev desert featuring the foreign ministers of the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco. Over recent years, formal and informal ties between Israelis and Saudis have also intensified, amid the shared perception of an acute threat from Iran.

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