Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits during an allegiance pledging ceremony flanked by senior Saudi religious figures in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2017. (Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court)
Middle East

The Saudi Religious Establishment Pushes Normalizing Relations With Israel

No matter how hard the Saudi media machine struggles to justify official normalization with Israel on political, economic and security grounds, it will not reach its goal without providing Saudi Arabia’s hardline Sunni establishment with a religious justification.