Iran’s Belligerence Promotes Israeli-Saudi Rapprochement
The admission came in a unique forum organized by the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Two speakers—Dore Gold, the incoming director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general—shared the floor to discuss the growing Saudi-Israeli relationship.
They revealed that five secret bilateral meetings between the countries have taken place in the past 17 months in locations throughout Europe and Asia. The meetings were initiated to discuss a common threat: Iran’s takeover of the Middle East.
The disclosure coincides with a survey indicating most Saudis now consider Iran as their main adversary, rather than Israel. The survey conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya also revealed that most Saudis think their country should seek nuclear weapons if Iran acquires the bomb.
Speaking of the rapprochement between the countries, Dore Gold expressed hope that many other differences will be addressed in the years ahead.
However, it is not just the Iranian threat that is bringing the two nations together. Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake explains,
A strong alliance is being formed in the backdrop of America’s open hand to Iran. To understand, read “Arab Nations Fear Iran Action, U.S. Inaction” by staff writer Callum Wood. ▪