Our Saudi Arabian Frenemy

(Jerusalem Post) Melanie Phillips - The need to halt Iran's drive for regional hegemony, and the resulting Shia dominance over the Sunni Islamic world, has driven the Saudis into a tacit alliance not only with America but also, remarkably, with Israel. The new crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, reportedly wants to drag his country into the modern era. But will he work to defeat the fanatical Wahhabi Islam that his country helped promote, and through which Saudi Arabia has fueled the export of Islamic cultural conquest, terrorism and holy war across the globe? In Britain, the security service says there are 23,000 known home-grown Islamist extremists. A report published this week by the Henry Jackson Society says foreign funding for Islamist extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia. The writer is a columnist for The Times (UK).

2017-07-07 00:00:00

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