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Israel and Saudi Arabia: No Longer Enemies But Not Quite Friends

Previously clandestine links are increasingly visible as rivalries cautiously give way to pragmatic economic and security ties.

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Israel’s longest-serving prime minister pops up on Saudi state-run television from Tel Aviv. An Israeli-American declares himself the “chief rabbi of Saudi Arabia” after arriving on a tourist visa. A prominent Saudi family invests in two Israeli companies and doesn’t bother to hide it.