Israel and Saudi Arabia

According to several news agency reports,

“Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognise it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.

“Amongst the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth – the first such disclosure by a senior Israeli official.

“Saudi Arabia denied having any talks with Israel. Kuwait was not immediately available for comment.”

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Comment: Probably true despite the vehement Saudi denial which is to be expected in any case.

It is ironic that the most theocratic major player in the Middle East tangle, under pressure to modernize, is playing footsie with the most modern player, which is sliding increasingly into becoming a theocracy. Perhaps they will meet in the middle at some point.

This could be a good thing for both of them, but before we start cheering, remember one of GBShaw’s more memorable Parthian shots: ‘Yes, m’dear, but what if the child had my looks, and your brains.

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