The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

On the Front Lines: Middle Eastern Rivals Take Their Fight to Jerusalem

July 7, 2020

Already at the core of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem is emerging as yet another frontline in the struggle for regional hegemony in the Middle East. With its annexationist policies, Israel is backing Saudi and UAE efforts to counter Turkish activity in the city and weaken Jordan’s position as the custodian of Islam’s third most holy site.