The Saudi king recently named his son Mohammed bin Salman as his heir. According to most observers, Prince Mohammed has already been behind a number of the kingdom’s polices, ranging from the war in Yemen to the recent spat with Qatar. He is also behind an ambitious plan for much-needed economic and political reform, devised by international consulting firms and known as Vision 2030. Steven A. Cook comments:
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Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: