Center for Security Policy’s Clare M. Lopez: A Brash Young Prince is Shaking Up the Middle East


By Clare M. Lopez, Center for Security Policy, for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

With the April 30 revelations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program, just days before President Donald Trump must make key decisions about the future of the Iran nuclear deal, regional developments are moving into hyperdrive. In a riveting presentation that lasted barely 17 minutes, Netanyahu laid out in documents, sketches and photos the contents of Iran’s secret nuclear archives obtained by Israel. His bottom line: “Iran lied.”

This follows by only a day of revelations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (often called ‘MbS’) had made astonishingly harsh statements about the Palestinians in a March 2018 closed-door meeting with leaders of U.S. Jewish organizations in New York. As reported by various outlets including The Hill and the Times of Israel, MbS spoke in unusually direct language, criticizing Palestinian leadership for rejecting peace proposals and telling them to “agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining.” Continue reading…

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