Striking the Proper Balance on Saudi Arabia

Feb. 26 2021

Yesterday President Biden spoke with the Saudi king ahead of the release of a long-awaited CIA report on the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in 2018. While it is likely that the Biden administration will take the report’s conclusions as further reason to create more daylight between Washington and Riyadh, Dennis Ross and Robert Satloff urge the White House to find the right balance when it comes to dealing with this important but problematic ally:

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More about: Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy

Israel’s Naval Shadow War with Iran Comes Out into the Open

April 9 2021

Wednesday night, Israeli planes struck a weapons depot outside Damascus, reportedly killing three pro-Iran fighters. While such attacks have become both routine and widely known, the IDF has also been fighting the Islamic Republic at sea, a fact only recently brought to public attention because of an explosion on an Iranian military vessel on Tuesday. Ron Ben Yishai explains:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Naval strategy, US-Israel relations