Israeli Minister Recognizes Israel's Secret Ties With 'Many' Arab States

Israeli Minister Recognizes Israel's Secret Ties With 'Many' Arab States

Israeli Minister Recognizes Israel's Secret Ties With 'Many' Arab States

"There is an opportunity for a new global alliance in the region", the chief of staff of the Israeli military, Gadi Eisenkot, told the paper.

"Contacts with the moderate Arab world, including with Saudi Arabia, help us deter Iran..."

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The IDF chief of staff said that US President Donald Trump's harsh stance on Iran allowed for a new chance to build a regional alliance of Arab states and to develop a strategy to stop Iran's expansion. The Israeli military command confirmed the fact of the interview and the authenticity of its text posted on the portal Elaph.

According to Israel's Army, it was the first interview of its kind since 2005.

"There are many shared interests between us and Saudi Arabia", Eizenkot added. However, much points to the consideration of "bold decisions" by Tel Aviv and Riyadh, including official visits and the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, said Steinitz's remarks "won't surprise anyone who's been paying attention to the budding courtship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which is being especially pushed by the Israeli side".

"I call on leaders in the region to follow the path of President Sadat, come to Jerusalem and open a new chapter, not just in terms of Israel's relations with the Arab world, but for the whole region", Liberman wrote. "There are many shared interests between us".

"This is what should be prevented in the region", Eizenkot said, adding that "in this matter there is complete agreement between us and Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Arabia has ratcheted up pressure on arch-foe Iran, accusing Tehran of trying to expand its influence in Arab countries, often through proxies including the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group.

Eisenkot added that at present Israel has no intention of attacking the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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