Israel military chief willing to share intel with Saudis

U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis with Saudi Arabia's leader Mohammad bin Salman in March 2017

Israel Ready to Work With Saudis Against Iran

The Israeli army's chief of staff told an Arabic language online newspaper that Israel was ready to share "intelligence information" with Saudi Arabia, saying their countries had a common interest in standing up to Iran.

In an interview published by Elaph on Thursday, Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot said that Israel is ready to share intelligence information to face the "threat" posed by Tehran.

Let's note, that recently Israel and Saudi Arabia show mutual readiness for rapprochement on a platform of joint opposition to Iran.

Israel's military chief has given an "unprecedented" interview to a Saudi newspaper underlining the ways in which the two countries could unite to counter Iran's influence in the region. According to Israel's army, it was the first interview of its kind since 2005.

Earlier this month, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in a surprise move that had plunged Lebanon into a new political crisis.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view Iran as a main threat to the Middle East. Picking a fight with Iran has been something seen to have colored most of Saudi foreign policy. "We have no intention of attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon leading to a war", he told the paper.

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Tensions have also been rising over the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Eisenkot referred to US President Donald Trump's attempt to find a path to Israeli-Palestinian peace by drawing in regional countries. The report was denied by Saudi Arabia.

His son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly formed a bond with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Under US President Donald Trump there is an opportunity to form a new global alliance in the region". "We need to carry out a large, comprehensive strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat".

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

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