Israel says his country is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran’s plans “to control the Middle East.”
Israel’s military Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot, said his country’s military is ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran.
Sunni Muslim powerhouse, Saudi Arabia, has long been at loggerheads with Shiite, non-Arab Iran, but friction has spiralled recently.
The leader of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group supported by Iran, has accused Saudi Arabia of pressing Israel to launch attacks against it.
Eisenkot said, in the interview, that “Israel has no intention of initiating a conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon, but it cannot accept strategic threats to Israel there.”
Eisenkot said that “we have no intention of initiating a conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon and reaching a war, but we cannot accept strategic threats to Israel there.
“I am very happy with the calm on both sides of the border, which has lasted 11 years. On the other hand, we see Iranian attempts to escalate.”
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been promoting the idea that his country’s ties with Arab nations are improving and some experts have said there are signs that shared concerns over Iran are indeed nudging them closer.
Only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan, have peace treaties with Israel.