Saudi Arabia, Israel negotiating Temple Mount control – report

While Jordan had strongly objected to any change in the makeup of the Waqf, in recent months their stance changed after Turkey became involved in east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Palestinians pray on the first Friday of the holy … Read More

Israeli-Gulf Relations: Will the Détente Deepen or Dry Up?

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Photo: Israel Prime Minister Office Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks together with Sultan Qaboos bin Said in this undated handout provided by the Israel Prime Minister Office, in Oman. Israel GPO/Handout via REUTERS On April 25, the Israeli Ministry … Read More

Saudi outreach to Israel ‘faces setbacks’ after Khashoggi crisis

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WSJ says Saudi effort to forge ties with Israel is sputtering after crown prince was implicated in journalist’s murder. Prince Mohammed’s role has weakened after Khashoggi’s murder, the Wall Street Journal wrote [File: Sergio Moraes/ Reuters] A covert US-backed initiative … Read More

Israeli military chief wants closer Saudi ties as Iran tensions rise

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In ‘unprecedented’ interview, Gen Gadi Eisenkot said moderate Arab states must collaborate to ‘deal with’ Tehran  Israeli tanks take part in a training session. Gadi Eisenkot, the chief of general staff of the Israel defence forces, gave the interview to … Read More