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The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Friendlier U.S.-Iran Relations

High-level U.S. talks with the Islamic Republic, Saudi Arabia’s bitter regional rival, were the last straw. Last Tuesday, the head of Saudi intelligence services told European diplomats to anticipate a “major shift” away from the United States over disagreements on Syria and Iran policy. Recent Saudi rhetoric has been so severe that in it Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni heard echoes of her own country’s politics: “When you hear the Saudis talk about what needs to be done to prevent [a nuclear] Iran, it sounds familiar,” Livni said.

Ahead of largely positive negotiations between Iran and six world powers in Geneva two weeks ago, a senior U.S. administration official told Reuters that Washington is willing to offer “targeted, proportional” sanctions relief in exchange for Iranian steps to curb its nuclear program. An Iran unencumbered by the sanctions that have weighed on it for decades could put a serious dent in the Kingdom’s economic platform: oil exports. Fitch, the international credit rating agency, estimated that relaxed sanctions could soon bring 800,000 barrels of Iranian oil to market, driving global oil prices down. The head of global commodity and asset allocation research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch placed the drop in prices at a stunning 10 percent.


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I wonder how much longer the

I wonder how much longer the sheeple will buy the story that Iran is very close to developing a nuclear weapon? We heard that argument during the Reagan Administration. What a bunch of dunces.

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If Israel and Saudi Arabia were smart

They'd ally with Iran to create a Middle Eastern version of Nato.

Then they'd finally be able to shake the constant meddling of the U.S., China, Britain and Russia.

In my opinion the Saudis need to diversify their economy and the Israelis need to diversify their foreign policy.

The Gaza pullout should prove to anyone with an ounce of sense in their head that the settlement policy is unsustainable.

The Arab population within Israel will eventually reach such a proportion that Israeli Jews will find themselves a minority within their own country.

A middle eastern version of Nato could do a lot of good and provide stability in a region that desperately needs it.

Because Nato looks out for well....Nato nations' interests.