Jamal Khashoggi crisis deepens: Alleged murder of dissident threatens to derail US-Saudi alliance
by Joel Gehrke
October 10, 2018
The alleged murder and dismemberment of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in an operation ordered by the top level of the kingdom’s royal court could have a “devastating” effect on U.S.-Saudi relations, according to a key Trump ally…President Trump has looked to Saudi Arabia as a Sunni counter to Iran’s regional aggression and Shia expansionism — a partnership that builds on the monarchy’s traditional role as an anchor of U.S. interests in the Middle East. In addition, Saudi Arabia has been supportive of pressuring Palestinians to enter into peace deal with Israel. READ MORE
SPECTATOR What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval.
JERUSALEM POST Khashoggi and the Jewish question Here’s the rule: If some major event happens in the Middle East, it will generally have an impact on Israel. The disappearance of Saudi government critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey – and the very real possibility that the Saudis either kidnapped him, killed him, or both – is no exception.