Saudi Arabia and Israel: From secret to public engagement, 1948-2018

Elie Podeh*

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)563-586
Number of pages24
JournalMiddle East Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018

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