Israel 'ready to share intelligence about Iran with moderate Arab countries'

17 November, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Israel 'ready to share intelligence about Iran with moderate Arab countries'

"We are prepared to share information if there is a need to do so", Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said regarding Israel's increasing ties with the Saudis and their common concerns over Iran.

A prominent Saudi website has published an unprecedented interview with Israel's army chief of staff, signalling closer cooperation between the two countries against regional rival, Iran.

"There is an opportunity to build a new worldwide coalition in the region", Eisenkot said.

"While the U.S. has made the south-west de-escalation zone a priority in its Syria policy, it has no realistic means of actually rolling back Iranian influence across the border", said Tobias Schneider, an worldwide security analyst based in London. "We are willing to exchange information with moderate Arab countries, including intelligence information in order to deal with Iran", he said.

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

Eisenkot noted that Israel and Saudi Arabia have never been in war, and charged that the "real and largest threat to the region" is Iran. The report was denied by Saudi Arabia. "I participated in the meeting of chiefs of staff in Washington and heard what the Saudi representative said", Eisenkot said.

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With regard to Iran's presence in Syria, Eisenkot said: "Our demand is for Hezbollah to leave Syria, along with Iran and its militias".

The Congressmen asked Tillerson to develop a strategy that would address the question of "how the United States plans to prevent Iran from gaining a permanent foothold on Israel and Jordan's doorstep and to block Iranian arms exports to Hizballah".

The interview comes as Israel is increasingly anxious over a looming U.S.

The Trump administration is eager to see Israel and Saudi Arabia, two US allies, cooperating together.

Eisenkot added that Israel and Saudi Arabia are "in complete agreement" regarding the Iranian threat.

Ahronheim said that while it is unlikely that the two countries would immediately cooperate on wide-ranging intelligence sharing, they could cooperate more closely particularly on Iran.

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