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Image caption Young Israeli soldiers take a selfie. Time to join some dots. The WhatsApp hack, "sabotaged" oil tankers, the push in the US to proscribe the Muslim Brotherhood and "plans" to deploy American troops to the Gulf are all strands of the same story. At its heart is the struggle between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Israeli army is unique in that it forms the backbone of many industrial enterprises in Israel. That's because the bonds formed during national service last a lifetime there. It is the singular most important time in a young person's life - way more formative than the university years. It's the ultimate "old boy network", though this one is made up of "old boys and girls". Full story

14 May

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