Over the past two decades, Israel and Arab Gulf monarchies have forged a tacit partnership, increasingly aligning their interests and agendas, while hiding behind a public perception of being enemies. Saudi-Israeli links are not new. Though still having no official diplomatic relations, in recent years the Kingdom and Israel have put far less effort into concealing their unspoken strategic partnership.Read More
U.S.-Saudi ties have withstood crises in the past and will withstand this one, says As’ad AbuKhalil.
Washington and Riyadh Have Had Worse Crises and Will Survive Khashoggi Murder.
Deafeningly silent, however, is Khashoggi’s own boss – Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has yet to issue any sort of statement. Perhaps Bezos has refrained from issuing a statement due to a lucrative deal to set up data centers in Saudi Arabia – a plan announced last year.
Amazon also has an office in Riyadh for Souq.com, the Middle Eastern e-commerce company that it acquired last year for $580 million.
For much of the past 15 years, The Washington Post has repeatedly published reports that essentially amount to press releases for the Saudi government promoting Saudi government “reforms.” If true, this is a horrific crime, the assassination of a journalist in his own country’s consulate on foreign soil — something without precedent in modern times.”Read More