“After 250 years,” writes Daniel Pipes, “the Saudi dynasty under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears cautiously to be exiting the Wahhabi hammerlock. But books on display at the 2019 Riyadh International Book Fair gave no hint of this.” To Pipes the large number of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel titles—which contrast sharply with the thaw in relations between Riyadh and Jerusalem—suggest the slow pace of change in the kingdom.
Want to Buy an Arabic Edition of “Mein Kampf” or Read about the “Zionist Octopus”? Head to the Saudi Arabian Book Fair
The First-Ever Trial of an Israeli Prime Minister Is Also a Trial of the Country’s Judicial System
Sunday was the first day of Benjamin Netanyahu’s long-awaited trial on three corruption-related charges. At issue, writes Shmuel Rosner, are not so much the facts of the case but the legality of Netanyahu’s actions. For his own part, Netanyahu has accused the Israeli justice system itself overstepping its bounds, and many Israelis support such a claim, as Rosner writes: