Israel Blindsided by Iran-Saudi Deal

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  • The surprise Iran-Saudi detente throws into doubt Israel’s long-term strategy of building an anti-Iran camp across the Mideast.
  • Provocative actions toward the Palestinians and a moribund peace process are hampering Israeli efforts to normalize ties with Mideast Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, the biggest prize.
  • Israel will need to adapt to China’s emergence as a new broker in the Mideast if initial agreements between Riyadh and Tehran lead to a serious thaw in relations.

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