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Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal during an interview in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal during an interview in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 24, 2018 (AP photo by Kamran Jebreili).

A Royal Rift Over Saudi Normalization With Israel Comes Into the Open

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Managing Editor Frederick Deknatel highlights a major unfolding story in the Middle East, while curating some of the best news and analysis from the region. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Middle East Memo by email every week.

Was it a warning shot to Israel, and neighboring Gulf countries like the United Arab Emirates, sanctioned by the Saudi king himself? Was it a more carefully calibrated speech meant to curry favor with the Saudi public, and other countries in the Arab world, by pushing back on the idea of normalization with Israel? Or was it a rogue statement by a once-powerful prince who has since fallen out of favor with the new royal court in Riyadh? ...

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