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Israel and Saudi Arabia – alliance of interests

PJMedia, 24/10 Recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have fuelled renewed speculation of behind the scenes links between Israel and the Gulf monarchies. Netanyahu, speaking at the UN, said that “The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the … Continue reading

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Qatari Power – and Irresponsibility – set to continue under new Emir

Jerusalem Post, 29/6. An event of a type exotically rare in the contemporary Arab world took place this week: namely, a bloodless transfer of power. The ruling, ailing Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamid bin-Khalifa al-Thani chose to step down. Power … Continue reading

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Iran’s Silent War in the Gulf

Jerusalem Post, 5/4: A series of trials currently under way in the neighboring Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain offer a glimpse into the ongoing, silent war being waged by Iran against its regional rivals. Bahrain is of particular … Continue reading

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A Gulf Apart

Jerusalem Post, 18/1. Saudi and United Arab Emirates security forces recently apprehended a 10-man cell linked to the Muslim Brotherhood that was active in the UAE. The cell, according to Gulf media reports, was engaged in raising money for the … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

Jerusalem Post, 4/8. Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of the Iranian armed forces, told a reporter this week that Iran would ‘not allow the enemy to advance’ in Syria. He said that no need had yet arisen for direct Iranian … Continue reading

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Iran and Saudi Arabia duel over Bahrain

The Saudi-sponsored newspaper Alsharq Alawsat this week reported a meeting in Qom between Iraqi Shi’ite Islamist leader Moqtada al-Sadr and leaders of the Bahraini opposition. Alsharq Alawsat, based in London, was keen to cast a spotlight on this meeting because … Continue reading

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Taking note of Yemen

Jerusalem Post, 29/03/2012 The US is waking up to Iran’s support for Shi’ite rebels and its attempts to gain influence through proxy warfare. In a notable shift in the US public stance, Washington’s Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein this week … Continue reading

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A cold war re-emerges

Jerusalem Post, 21/10/2011 The underlying strategic contours of the Middle East remain largely unchanged; the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia remains central. Winston Churchill, speaking in the British House of Commons in 1922, discussed the transformative effect of the … Continue reading

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