Israel and Saudi Arabia: Can Interests Trump Differences?

(Israel Hayom) Dore Gold - Today, from the perspectives of both Saudi Arabia and Israel, the hegemonic power threatening the Middle East is Iran. It has sought to encircle Saudi Arabia, by supporting the Houthi rebellion in Yemen, the Shiite insurrection in Bahrain, the Shiite-led government of Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq, and in Syria, by its direct intervention in the civil war with its Revolutionary Guard forces. Additionally, Iran has penetrated Saudi Arabia's Shiite population in the Saudi Eastern Province, through whom it established Hizbullah al-Hijaz. The Iranians tried employing a similar policy of encirclement against Israel, using arms supplies and training for Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon. Historically, states facing an immediate mutual threat have surmounted their historical differences and found ways to work together.

2013-12-24 00:00:00

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