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Israel and Saudi Arabia: New Odd Couple of Middle East Peace

There's nothing like a common enemy to give long-standing adversaries good reasons to rethink the past and their potential futures in cooperation

Time will tell whether the relationship grows or simply fades into what could have been.

At the same time, many of these nations, including Saudi Arabia, have not recognized Israel’s right to exist. Saudi Arabia’s public cooperation with Israel could inflame both the religious establishment in the region and the so-called Arab Street. The Saudi Arabian government’s willingness to risk its credibility with its people speaks volumes to how dangerous Iran is.

Despite the collaboration between the two countries, we shouldn’t be overly optimistic. The animosity between Israel and Saudi Arabia is rooted in strong historical and religious conflict, and that won’t disappear overnight.

Time will tell whether the relationship grows or simply fades into what could have been. Nevertheless, these recent events are promising.

Madyson Hutchinson Posey is a researcher in foreign policy and national security at The Heritage Foundation.

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