Are Saudi-Israel Boosting Relations to Counter Iran?
Nov 20, 2017, 01:54
In an interview 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.
"We are ready to exchange experiences with Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran", Eisenkot said in a rare interview with the London-based Saudi-owned newspaper, adding that "there are many shared interests between us and Saudi Arabia".
Saudi Arabia called the meeting of foreign ministers at the League's headquarters in Cairo to discuss "violations" committed by Iran after a missile was intercepted near Riyadh in a 4 November attack claimed by Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.
They also tasked "the Arab group in NY to address the security council president to clarify Iranian violations" of a UN Security Council resolution on Tehran's ballistic missiles programme.
"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation.is under the total control of this terrorist party", said Khalifa, referring to the powerful Iranian-backed movement.
Earlier Sunday, Abul Gheit said the missile fired at Riyadh was made in Iran.
While Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations, they have been edging closer recently, including a visit past year by a retired Saudi general heading a delegation seeking to encourage better relations.
Are Saudi-Israel Boosting Relations to Counter Iran?
An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday said Israel had covert ties with "many" Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides' request.
The minister, a long-time ambassador to the United States appointed as foreign minister two years ago, said that 80 Iran-manufactured missiles had been launched from Yemen since the conflict broke out in the country in March 2015. Iran, he added, has destroyed any chance of building trust with the Arabs.
Speaking before Al-Jubeir at the 20-minute session broadcast live, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit was just as critical of Iran as the Saudi minister.
In addition to the attempted missile strike, which was repelled by Riyadh's anti-missile defense system, the draft resolution notes the bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain as another example of Iranian efforts to undermine regional security.
Riyadh accuses its foe Iran of supplying Yemen's Huthis with advanced rockets and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia of holding Lebanon and its coalition government "hostage".
"Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all global principles", said al-Jubeir.
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