Posts Tagged Israel

Saudi-Israeli Relations: Balancing Legitimacy and Security

iStock_000018061772Small-Copy-300x215There is much speculation on a warming of relations, and even collaboration, between Saudi Arabia and Israel in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal. Both countries perceive a nuclear Iran to be a great threat. However, given its history and concern for the legitimacy of its rule, the Saudi royal family is more likely to draw closer to Iran than to Israel.

Full Text: “Saudi-Israeli Relations: Balancing Legitimacy and Security.” BESA Perspectives. December 17, 2013.

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The Iranian Leadership’s Continuing Declarations of Intent to Destroy Israel

Iranian declarations calling for Israel’s destruction are being voiced by a broad spectrum of the Iranian leadership, including different senior officers in the Revolutionary Guard. Just this week (May 20, 2012), Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi stated: The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel.” These spokesmen are not talking about a long historical process regarding Israel’s elimination, but rather a development that is to take place in the near term. These calls for the destruction of Israel for the most part are not made in the context of an Iranian retaliatory strike, and are not contingent upon what actions Israel will take.Thus the problem is not just President Ahmadinejad, who will be out of office when his term ends in 2013, but rather with the entire present-day Iranian leadership.  In this study, Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum and IDF LTC (ret.) Michael Segall detail Iranian statements on the destruction of Israel from the last few years.

Full Text: “The Iranian Leadership’s Continuing Declarations of Intent to Destroy Israel.” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. May 2012.

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