Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Israel Ready to Work With Saudis Against Iran

Israel Ready to Work With Saudis Against Iran

As to whether Israel has already shared such information with Saudi Arabia, Eisenkot said: "We are willing to share information if there is a need. There are many common interests between us and them".

Israel's military confirmed the content of the interview, a rare episode given that Saudi Arabia and Israel have not formal diplomatic relations.

In an interview with a Saudi website, Israel's army chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot signals closer ties with Riyadh.

Eisenkot, however, said in the interview that there is no interest in Israel to launch an attack on the Iran-linked Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In a statement on Friday, Qassemi dismissed the latest anti-Iran claims made by Saudi foreign minister and warned about the repercussions of Riyadh's destructive measures in the region.

He said U.S. President Donald Trump's election on a platform that calls for increasing pressure on Iran has provided an opportunity for new alliances in the Middle East.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating war in 2006.

"A major and general strategic plan must be prepared to stop the Iranian danger, and we are ready to exchange expertise with moderate Arab states and exchange intelligence information to face Iran", he said, according to Elaph, which said the interview was conducted at Eizenkot's office in Tel Aviv by an Israeli Arab journalist. "We are willing to exchange information with moderate Arab countries, including intelligence information in order to deal with Iran", added Eisenkot. As theJerusalem Post notes, leaders in Hezbollah and Iran have been screaming about Saudi-Israeli cooperation against Lebanon, essentially accusing the Saudis of hiring the Israelis as mercenaries to take out Hezbollah.

Speaking with the Elaph newspaper, the head of the Israeli military said Iran's goal was to seize control of the Middle East by establishing two "Shia crescents" - "the first from Iran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon and the second through the Gulf from Bahrain to Yemen to the Red Sea". Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is clearly the "immature" leader he had in mind.

In SSG's analysis, some of Saudi Arabia's possible counter-moves would be undesirable from an American policy perspective, such as fomenting a Sunni uprising in Iraq.

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