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Israel willing to share intelligence with Saudis: Israeli army chief

18 Noviembre 2017, 03:23 | Crisanna Felipe

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Qassemi cautioned Riyadh against maintaining its long-winded rhetoric against Iran as well as its destabilizing and divisive moves in the region.

His comments were the latest sign that behind-the-scenes links between Israel and Gulf countries may be occurring due to Iran, their shared enemy, even though they do not have formal diplomatic ties.

Gadi Eisenkot, chief of the general staff of the IDF, gave an unprecedented interview to an online Saudi news site where he said Israel is prepared to share intelligence on Iran with Saudi Arabia if the need arises. "They forged an alliance with Assad, Iran and Hezbollah on one side (and) with the Americans in the war against the Islamic State". "We are willing to exchange information with moderate Arab countries, including intelligence information in order to deal with Iran", added Eisenkot.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, center, meets with Brig.

Eisenkot, the son of Jewish immigrants from Morocco, became IDF head in February 2015. But he also poured cold water on the prospect that a confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel was imminent, saying "I don't see a high chance for this at the moment".

Saudi Arabia has been trying to figure out how to properly confront Iran and it is no easy task. Cholera is spreading across the country like wildfire, and the different factions are fighting uncontrollably.

"Hezbollah is here, we see it and its activities day and night", Lieutenant Colonel Elad Efrati, who commands a battalion guarding the northernmost 25 kilometres of the frontier, told AFP. Based on this unfounded assumption, they maintained that such measures are a "direct military aggression" and an "act of war" by Iran and threatened to respond accordingly.

"The relative quiet here is deceptive". An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets.

"This relative quiet could shatter in an instant".

Tehran has also increased its financial support for its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah to $800 million a year, a dramatic boost from the $200 million it used to provide the group.

The first is the uncertainties, gaps and jumbles that the U.S.'s changing global role brings to the region and from the Pacific to Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the aggressive and inconsistent policies that the resorting to for the protection of its economic interests are intensifying uncertainty.

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He said Israel and Saudi Arabia see eye to eye on Iran's alleged threats and intentions. "That is something we haven't seen in the past".

Eisenkot also said he welcomed President Trump's announcement that it is necessary to end the Iranian ballistic missile program and Iran's growing hold in Syria and Iraq.

Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Affairs took a similar view. Yemen is a potential launch site for missile attacks on Israel.

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