By Hossein Jelveh
(Hossein Jelveh is an independent Iranian journalist based in Tehran. He has graduated with a master’s degree from the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran. You can follow him on Twitter @hossein_jelveh.)
Very quickly after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, now the king of Saudi Arabia and then the panicked governor of Riyadh, called the US’s ambassador to the kingdom at the time, Robert Jordan, to tell him that Israel “must have done this.”
“This had to have been an Israeli plot. The Mossad must have done this,” Mr. Jordan in 2015 recalled Salman telling him back in 2001.
Since becoming king little more than 14 years later, a fickle Salman has also made nice with Israel. US President Donald Trump has described that cozying-up as necessary for the survival of Tel Aviv, and apparently against a perceived foe in Iran.
“If you look at Israel… Israel…