Israeli minister reveals contacts with Saudi Arabia 'to curb Iran'

by Antonio Miles November 20, 2017, 1:54
Israeli minister reveals contacts with Saudi Arabia 'to curb Iran'

He replied: "We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed. There are many mutual interests between them [Saudi Arabia] and us".

Last month, Saudi former intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal shared a stage with ex-Israeli Mossad spy agency director Efraim Halevy at a debate on Iran in a NY synagogue.

Israel's army confirmed the contents of the rare interview with Arabic-language media.

According to the members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition and the invocation by Saudi Arabia of paragraph 14 of resolution 2216, which allows United Nations member states to take measures to prevent the transfer of military goods to Houthis, is allegedly an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians.

The leader of Hezbollah, the Lebanese group supported by Iran , has accused Saudi Arabia of pressing Israel to launch attacks against it.

Tensions have mounted between Saudi Arabia and Iran since November 4, when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, announced a surprise resignation, accusing Tehran and its allied Lebanese Hezbollah movement of destabilizing his and other Arab countries.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani last week echoed the allegation.

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"I am very happy with the calm on both sides of the border, which has lasted 11 years".

"Our demand is that Iran, Hizbullah and other Iranian militias leave Syria", Eisenkot said.

Unsurprisingly, any Saudi-penned proposals are likely to fall on deaf ears in Tehran, with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing Saudi Arabia of "warmongering" and "sowing discord" during a different summit with Turkey and Russian Federation in Antalya.

"With President Donald Trump, there is a chance for a new global alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat", Eisenkot said.

He said his country was targeted by a total of 80 ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Iranian-backed Shi'ite rebels since the kingdom in 2015 led a coalition to fight them alongside the internationally recognized government there.

Formal ties do not seem likely due to Israel's continuing occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of progress in peace efforts, but behind-the-scenes cooperation has opened up in various areas, a number of experts and officials have said.

Leaders of Arab countries have not publicly made similar comments, however that does not necessarily mean they dispute Netanyahu's claim. He was later assassinated for making peace with the Jewish state.


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