Are the Saudis Playing a Double Game with Israel?

(BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University) Dr. Edy Cohen - Saudi Arabia's National Cyber Security Authority's Twitter account tweets daily, mostly against Qatar and Iran. It refers to Qatar as "Qatariel," a combination of Qatar and Israel, and claims Qatar's Al-Jazeera network "belongs to the Israeli Mossad." One tweet says the Qataris are scheming to divide the Arab states to fulfill the dreams of the "Zionist entity" and Iran. Another alleges that Qatar is "trying to destroy the Arab world to serve the enemies of the Muslim world: Israel and Iran." The Saudis are playing a double game. Behind the scenes, they send the Israelis the message that Tehran is a common enemy and goad it to fight Iran and Hizbullah. At home, they say the enemy is first and foremost the State of Israel, followed by Iran. These statements penetrate deep into the Arab consciousness and increase their existing hatred towards Jews and Israel.

2018-07-20 00:00:00

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