The Saudis and the Arab spring

The entire world was astonished when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embarked on a sweeping crackdown and purged some of the kingdom’s most important princes and businessmen. Within a day, he announced the creation of an “Anti-Corruption Committee.” Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was arrested along with at least ten other princes, several government ministers and former ministers, as well as two of the late King Abdullah’s sons. They have been corralled into a luxurious hotel once frequented by Saudi sheikhs. This is indeed a coup. Politicians and commentators are crossing fingers for the young prince in the hope that this gambit pays off, and that Mohammad bin Salman will succeed in taking control of all branches of power that are now held by the 15,000 members of the House of Saud.

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Israel is being dragged into the Syrian war

“The government is dragging us into war,” cautioned Maj. Gen. (res.) Amiram Levin in [i]Yediot Aharonot[/i] (October 22), warning that “any person with eyes in his head must mobilize to end this government’s term before we reach a disaster.” It seems that Levin is asking Israelis to give more than they can. Netanyahu is popular, and apparently those who have “eyes in their heads” are a minority. Further, it is doubtful whether Levin’s eyes were always open. If they were, he might have awakened much earlier when there was still time to prevent the calamity. The Syrian crisis was not born last week.

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The line linking two films: [i]Foxtrot[/i] and [i]The Attack[/i]

I have not seen Shmulik Maoz’s film [i]Foxtrot[/i], nor his earlier one [i]Lebanon[/i], but that won’t prevent me from talking about them because after all, we are dealing here exclusively with politics. Nor have I seen the last two films by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri, [i]The Insult[/i], which has just been released, and [i]The Attack[/i] from 2012. The four films – two in Hebrew and two in Arabic – are much more connected than we think.

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The line linking two films: [i]Foxtrot[/i] and [i]The Attack[/i]

I have not seen Shmulik Maoz’s film [i]Foxtrot[/i], nor his earlier one [i]Lebanon[/i], but that won’t prevent me from talking about them because after all, we are dealing here exclusively with politics. Nor have I seen the last two films by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri, [i]The Insult[/i], which has just been released, and [i]The Attack[/i] from 2012. The four films – two in Hebrew and two in Arabic – are much more connected than we think.

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