May 02, 2024

Biden’s grand bargain between Saudi Arabia and Israel hangs by a thread

Source: Al-Monitor

Journalist: Jared Szuba

"A huge piece of this politically and strategically was about Israel normalization," said Jonathan Lord, director of the Middle East security program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC.

Without it, the Biden administration would likely have to convince Saudi Arabia to agree to additional concessions in order to get lawmakers on board, Lord said. Among them, he suggested, would be broader restrictions on Saudi-Chinese security cooperation and a deeper commitment by Saudi officials to integrate militarily with other US partners in the region.

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...