The Saudi-Jordanian Marriage

(JNS) Harold Rhode - On June 1, 2023, Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein - son of King Abdullah bin Hussein - married Rajwa al-Seif, a Saudi royal whose maternal grandmother is a first cousin of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The Saudis and Jordanians share the same enemies: radical Sunni Islam, led by the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, and radical Shiite Islam led by the Iranian regime. Israel shares these same enemies. Although it is rarely made public, the Saudis and Jordanians view the Palestinian Authority, Hamas (a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (backed by Iran) as mortal enemies and as potential threats to their regimes. Thus, they need Israel to keep these Palestinian groups under control. The writer served for 28 years as an advisor on the Islamic world in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

2023-06-08 00:00:00

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