Arabs unanimously agree on rejecting Iranian approach

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

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In the interview, Eisenkot called Iran "the biggest threat to the region" and said Saudi Arabia was in "complete agreement".

Qatar's foreign minister on Friday compared Saudi Arabia's political maneuvers in Lebanon to its boycott of his country, and accused Riyadh of a unsafe escalation.

Eisenkot added that "Under U.S. President Donald Trump there is an opportunity to form a new worldwide alliance in the region".

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit said Sunday the AL Member States unanimously agreed on rejecting the Iranian approach and actions.

Earlier this month, Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced from Saudi capital Riyadh that he was quitting, citing Iran's "grip" on his country.

"We have ties, some of them secret, with many Arab and Muslim states", Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israeli army radio on Sunday.

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Saudi Arabia maintains that any relations with Israel hinge on Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

"It's the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet".

Gadi Eisenkot told the Elaph news website Thursday that Israel is ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia as part of a joint effort to curb Iranian influence in the region.

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

That plan makes those relations contingent on a full withdrawal by Israel from territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.

Gulf Arab countries are also anxious about the Islamic republic's support for Huthi rebels in Yemen.

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The minister, a long-time ambassador to the USA 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.

"We see Iranian attempts at bringing about an escalation, but I don't see a high chance for this at the moment", he said.

However, Riyadh insists that the closure of all Yemeni ground, air and sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition forces is temporary and will not interfere with food deliveries to the country.

In public remarks in September, Netanyahu pointed to covert relationships with Arab states, saying, without mentioning any by name, that cooperation exists "in various ways and different levels".

At the same time, the chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Armed Forces noted the readiness of Tel Aviv to exchange intelligence with Riyadh to neutralize threats from Tehran.

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