Saudi Arabia’s opposition to what it views as the P5+1’s lax attitude toward Tehran makes the headlines about once a week (best-case scenario). It’s our impression they’re actually boiling over on a daily basis, just that the media can’t handle that much intensity.
Facing a spirit of international over-optimism, in recent weeks the Saudis have launched a media blitz. The highlight, picked up by everybody: the op-ed ‘Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone’ that appeared in The New York Times last month.
Saudi ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud, warned in the op-ed that the close ties between his country and the West “have been tested – principally because of differences over Iran and Syria.” His main question:
This year’s talks with Iran may dilute the West’s determination to deal with both governments. What price is “peace” though, when it is made with such regimes?
This year, for all their talk of “red lines,” when it counted, our partners have seemed all too ready to concede our safety and risk our region’s stability.
Meanwhile over at The Wall Street Journal, a Saudi royal slammed Washington for holding secret talks with Iran and demanded a place for Riyadh at the negotiating table.
What does this all mean? Yoel Guzansky of Ha’aretz suggested that while the kingdom won’t be able to confront threats on its own, it might try to diversify its diplomatic ties and possibly acquire a nuclear weapon, which Guzansky said it has “both the strategic motivation and financial capability to strive for.”
This all sounds like really heavy stuff. Much more serious than a weekly nod and yawn from the media.