Israel Has A Secret Contacts With Saudi Arabia: Israeli Minister Revealed

On Sunday, in an interview on Army Radio, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that they have ties with Saudi Arabia.

Israeli cabinet minister did not characterise the contacts or give details about their ties with Saudi Arabia. Steinitz claimed that they have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries.

“It’s the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side’s wish when ties are developing, whether it’s with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more … (but) we keep it secret.”, the minister said.

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It was the first disclosure by an Israeli senior official of long-secret dealings and yet the Saudi administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had not responded to the minister’s remarks.

On Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, ignored their cooperation with Israel and said: “We have always said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved on the basis of the Arab peace initiative that Israel would have enjoyed normal relations, economic, political, diplomatic relations with all of the Arab countries, and so until that happens, we don’t have relations with Israel,”.

Steinitz said Israel’s contacts with the moderate Arab world, including with Saudi Arabia, help them to stop Iran.

“When we fought to get a better nuclear deal with Iran, with only partial success, there was some help from moderate Arab countries vis-à-vis the United States and the Western powers to assist us in this matter and even today, when we press the world powers not to agree to the establishment of an Iranian military base in Syria on our northern border, the Sunni Arab world is helping us.”, Steinitz said.

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