The Challenge of Saudi-Israeli Intelligence-Sharing

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by Emile Nakhleh Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council. These relations, however, accelerated significantly during… Continue Reading  

Saad Hariri’s Saudi Resignation: Good News for Iran and Hezbollah

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by Aurélie Daher At the end of October, Sunni Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, an ally of the West and of Saudi Arabia, went to Riyadh for an official visit. On November 1, back in Beirut, he announced that… Continue Reading  

Toward a New Israel-Hezbollah War?

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By Aurelie Daher Reacting to the January 28 Hezbollah attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and injured seven more, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened retaliation, declaring, “Whoever tries to challenge Israel on its borders will find out that we are… Continue Reading  

Israel Unlikely to Stay on Syrian Sidelines for Much Longer

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by Mitchell Plitnick All eyes are on US President Barack Obama as he contemplates how to deal with the fact that the Syrian government might have crossed a red line he never should have drawn. The Israelis, even while abstaining… Continue Reading  

Cobban: Iran’s Allies in Lebanon Play Regime Change, too

Helena Cobban, steeped in years of experience reporting from and writing about the Middle East, has a thought-provoking theory on the sudden break-up of the coalition in Lebanon: My sense from afar is that Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his friends… Continue Reading