Jared Kushner Spearheads Saudi Investments in Israel

In another sign of Israel’s deepening business and security ties with Arab states, Saudi Arabia has committed $2 billion in public funds to Jared Kushner’s new private-equity group, Affinity Partners. As Dion Nissenbaum and Rory Jones note, this “marks the first known instance that the Saudi public investment fund’s cash will be directed to Israel, a sign of the kingdom’s increasing willingness to do business with the country, even though they have no diplomatic relations.” Drawing on interviews with Kushner and others close to the deal, Nissenbaum and Jones examine Kushner’s broader strategy, as well as responses by lawmakers in both the Middle East and the U.S.

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More about: Israel-Arab relations, Jared Kushner, Saudi Arabia

China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance

Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same:

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More about: China, Cyberwarfare, Iran, Israel-China relations, Israeli Security