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Okay, maybe the correlation isn’t ironclad. But the fracking revolution and the drill-baby-drill spirit might have made some canny lads in the KSA look to the future, and figure out how to reconfigure the country for the 21st century. Depending on where you’ve heard about the exploits of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, you’ve heard a shallow, cliched narrative about palace intrigue and power consolidation. Huh, he’s jailing a bunch of tubby dudes in robes, taking their money: typical. Or you’ve heard about a guy who’s not just acceding to modernity, but pushing the issue faster than you’d expect if he was just making nice for the international press.
…when I asked him whether he believed the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, he said: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”
That’s more than you’ll get out of some European intellectuals.