The intrigue surrounding a potential Israeli-Saudi alliance to confront Iran’s aggression in the Middle East took another strange turn Thursday when a Saudi newspaper reported on an in-depth interview it conducted with the Israeli Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.
In that interview, Eizenkot said there is “complete consensus” between the former adversaries on all issues relating to their mutual archrival, Iran. The trigger, it appears, was the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which effectively allows Iran to eventually develop its own nuclear weapons arsenal.
The general said:
"With President Donald Trump there is an opportunity for a new international coalition in the region. We need to carry out a major and inclusive regional plan to stop the Iranian threat.
We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran … We are ready to share information if necessary. There are many common interests between us and [Saudi Arabia] …
In this matter there is complete agreement between us and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was never one of our enemies or fought each other, and I think there is a complete consensus between us and them regarding the Iranian axis."
Eizenkot said that Iran is attempting to control the Middle East by creating twin “Shi’ite crescents”—from Lebanon to Iran and from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea. He added Israel and Saudi Arabia “must prevent this from happening.”