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Reflections on the State of the world

01/04/2014 | by Shavit, Shabtai  

If the United States and Europe do not rediscover themselves anew, it will be very difficult for them to win the ideological war against Russia. The United States and Europe can and must prove that only open societies have the potential and the ability for revival.

At the same time, the Saudis are concerned about, and are rather afraid of, what will happen the day after the Americans sign a nuclear agreement with Iran. The United States is disengaging from the Middle East, thereby enabling Shi’ite Iran to support and strengthen all of the Shi’ite groups in a region dominated by Sunni Islam.

The Saudis’ fear is also based on Shi’ite Islam’s hostility towards monarchies, which they seek to undermine and replace with regimes that act according to Shi’ite shari’a (the Iranian model).

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