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Israel Not Happy About the China-Brokered Iran-Saudi Arabia Deal

Iranian and Saudi Arabian negotiators finalized a settlement on Friday to restore diplomatic relations in a deal brokered by China. Image via Xinhua.

Few countries are as directly affected by the Saudi-Iran deal as Israel. The announcement seemed to have caught the Netanyahu government off guard and occasioned intense discussion, with incumbent and opposition politicians blaming each other for appearing “weak” and lessening Israel’s clout in the region.

Some commentators have argued that the deal sets back Israel’s aim of building an Arab alliance against Iran and normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia, key Netanyahu priorities. These questions come against the background of serious domestic disputes around a proposed overhaul of Israel’s judicial system – which opposition politicians have argued dimmed Israel’s regional focus.

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