It’s too early to count chickens, to be sure, but there’s hope that Saudi Arabia may transform itself from a pre-modern tribal entity into an Arab nation-state in pursuit of modernization, and from a major (if not the major) source of terrorist financing to an American ally willing to find a modus vivendi with Israel. I hailed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s purge of corrupt and rogue family elements as an unsung success of the Trump administration in this space November 14. Since then, Saudi Arabia’s chief religious official denounced Hamas as a terrorist organization and declared that it was permissible for Arabs to collaborate with the Israeli Army against Hezbollah.
And on Thanksgiving Day, the crown prince told the New York Times that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was the “new Hitler” in the Middle East against whom appeasement inevitably would fail.
The crown prince is exactly correct. Jew-hatred is the Mark of the Beast in world politics. One doesn’t expect Saudi Arabia to like Jews, but the Saudis are willing to work with Jews in their own self-interest. That is rationality. Insanity is when a political leader hates Jews so much that he is willing to undermine his own interests in order in order to hurt Jews. That was Hitler, and that’s Ayatollah Khamenei.
In August 2015 I published an essay comparing Khamenei’s Iran and Hitler’s Germany in Asia Times. It seems relevant to the present situation so I repost it below: