Egypt and Saudi Arabia Battle the Jihadist Current

(Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Jacques Neriah - Following the lead of Egypt, Saudi Arabia has decided to join the battle against jihadists in the Middle East, where movements led by al-Qaeda and Iran strive to topple the ruling Arab regimes. The leading regimes realize that these movements have a common goal: to destroy the prevailing political order and replace it with either a Sunni caliphate based on the strictest interpretation of Islamic law or a state modeled after the Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran. Saudi Arabia has started to take action against the global jihad's funding sources, primarily wealthy citizens in the kingdom itself, and has further increased intelligence cooperation with the United States. Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

2014-04-25 00:00:00

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