Abstract

Abstract:

Media reports have recently indicated that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been cooperating behind the scenes against their common enemies, Iran and jihadist groups. This article sets to explore the rationale behind and essence of this cooperation, while putting it in proper historical perspective. The article shows that Saudi policy toward Israel was consistently dictated by pragmatism rather than ideology, while Israel’s suspicions toward the kingdom disappeared only following the 2006 Lebanon War and the Arab Spring.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 563-586
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-07
Open Access
No
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