Many experts declare Saudi Arabia and Israel as the regional winners from President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forcefully opposed the deal, as did Gulf state rulers, led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi critics believe the kingdom plays a hurtful role on issues, such as peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and its current proxy war against Iran in Yemen.
Worldview discusses the Iran nuclear deal and other Middle East news with historian Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books on the Middle East including Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. His new article in The Nation is titled, “The Palestinians Have Not Forgotten, They Have Not Gone Away.”