MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

Imagine what would have happened if Donald Trump had secured a second term and Benjamin Netanyahu enough votes in the Knesset to form a government. Iran would have been bombed by now – Netanyahu was pressing for an attack even when it was clear Trump had lost – Saudi would have normalised relations with Israel,…

Is Peace Breaking Out in the Middle East? Should We Thank MBS?

Is Peace Breaking Out in the Middle East? Should We Thank MBS?

The Biden effect is shaking up the Middle East and forcing foes to talk to one another. But where it’s all heading is even more exciting for Saudi Arabia and Iran. Unimaginable reconciliations are taking place across the entire region, since Joe Biden was sworn into office and indicated that he wasn’t going to tolerate…

Saudi Crown Prince was Reluctant to Back US Attack on Iran

Saudi Crown Prince was Reluctant to Back US Attack on Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reluctant to accede to demands from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to an attack on Iran when they met last Sunday in Neom, Saudi sources with knowledge of the meeting told Middle East Eye. Bin Salman’s reluctance was said to be for two reasons. Firstly, he read…

For Trump’s Middle East Allies, Joe Biden Is a New Nightmare

For Trump’s Middle East Allies, Joe Biden Is a New Nightmare

You can detect the shadow of Donald Trump fading from the Middle East in the nervous twitches of his closest allies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accelerating settlements before the inevitable freeze or pause in construction in January when President-Elect Joe Biden takes over. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is releasing just a fraction of…