A divide between the United States and Saudi Arabia is on painful display, says Senior Scholar David Ottaway, as Saudi Arabia joins over 100 other UN members in supporting the recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.  

The United States and Saudi Arabia have always had trouble describing how they relate to each other. For decades, the core of the relationship was summed up in the cryptic description of "oil for security," meaning assured Saudi oil supplies at reasonable prices in return for assured U.S. security of the kingdom against its external enemies.

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