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The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and the Israel-Saudi alliance

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11.10.2018

The apparent kidnapping and possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia is a shocking indictment of a regime entirely without redeeming features. He walked into the Saudi embassy in Turkey last week to obtain documentation finalising his divorce, but he has yet to return. His fiancée waited outside the embassy in vain for him to emerge.

As a Saudi journalist, Khashoggi had latterly become a critic of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the Kingdom. He spent much of his career as, in the words of the Washington Post, “a part of Saudi Arabia’s establishment, ensconced in its ruling circles.”

Bin Salman is first in line to the throne and seems to be sending the signal that nobody must challenge him, even in the most timid of ways. Khashoggi was a mild critic, not challenging the Saudi regime in any........

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