Israel wants Saudi ties to defeat Iran By

Trevor Jackson
November 20, 2017

Eizenkot told the newspaper, Elaph, that Israel and Saudi Arabia are in agreement about Iran's intentions, Haaretz reported.

Saudi Arabia, added Al-Jubeir, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

"There's an opportunity to form a new global coalition in the region with President Trump", Eisenkot added.

In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, asked about reports of cooperation with Israel, cited a Saudi peace initiative, first adopted in 2002 by the Arab League, as key to forging any relationship.

"This is something we have just witnessed in the region: Bullying small countries into submission", the foreign minister said, suggesting that Saudi aggression is a new regional threat.

A senior Israeli official has said Tel Aviv has "partly covert" ties with "many Muslim and Arab countries", including Riyadh. "As a rule, the opposite side is interested in keeping these ties in secret", Steinitz told Israeli Army Radio in an interview published on Sunday. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more ...

Top US officials, including US President Donald Trump, have also blamed Iran for the Houthis' attack, with Envoy to the UN Nikky Haley calling for Tehran to be held accountable for a ballistic missile launched by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia in July 2017, as it was allegedly an‎ Iranian Qiam.

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That plan makes those relations contingent on a full withdrawal by Israel from territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem. "We have said it publicly that we will not accept the Iranian position in Syria in general, and especially their position west of the Damascus-Suwayda Road".

The Saudi Media interviewed the Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot.

Gulf Arab countries are also anxious about the Islamic republic's support for Huthi rebels in Yemen.

In what is perhaps the only concrete measure, the ministers said Arab telecommunications satellites would ban Iranian-financed television stations for what they said was their fomenting of sectarian and ethnic tensions and because they posed a threat to Arab security.

And earlier this month, Lebanese premier Saad Hariri appeared on Saudi television from Riyadh to resign, reportedly on the orders of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Netanyahu has described relations with the Arab world as the "best ever", though without providing any details.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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