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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wary Saudis silent as Trump's Israel position takes shape

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Wary Saudis silent as Trump's Israel position takes shape

December 19, 2016 | http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/12/saudi-arabia-jerusalem-washington-trepidation-trump.html
By Bruce Riedel
In December 1967, Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud added a new responsibility to his younger brother Prince Salman's duties as the governor of Riyadh: raise funds to support Palestinians resisting the Israeli takeover of Jerusalem. The funding was part of a broader change in Saudi foreign policy 50 years ago that put the kingdom on a collision course with the United States. Changes in American policy toward Jerusalem could do it again.
SummaryPrint US President-elect Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to Israel is a sign that he still intends to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a major shakeup in American policy if the plan is followed through.
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