Israel, Gulf states said discussing new alliance to stop Iran


Israeli TV: Intensive talks with leading figures taking place over recent weeks, amid concern that Tehran will dupe Washington

Times of Israel

Israel has held a series of meetings with prominent figures from a number of Gulf and other Arab states in recent weeks in an attempt to muster a new alliance capable of blocking Iran’s drive toward nuclear weapons, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Wednesday.

According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been supervising a series of “intensive meetings” with representatives of these other countries. One “high ranking official” even came on a secret visit to Israel, the report said.

The report came a day after Netanyahu, in an overlooked passage of his UN speech, noted that shared concerns over Iran’s nuclear program “have led many of our Arab neighbors to recognize… that Israel is not their enemy” and created an opportunity to “build new relationships.”

The Arab and Gulf states involved in the new talks have no diplomatic ties with Jerusalem, the report noted. What they share with Israel, it said, is the concern that President Hasan Rouhani’s new diplomatic outreach will fool the US and lead to a US-Iran diplomatic agreement which provides for “less than the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program.”

“There is a deep sense of anxiety concerning what’s happening in Iran,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor told Channel 2 Wednesday. While he avoided comment on any direct contact between Israel and the Gulf states, he said there were messages “from all over the region” being transmitted to the highest ranks of the US government.

Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who is close to Netanyahu, indicated to the Times of Israel after the prime minister’s speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday that Israel was no longer certain that the Obama administration would use force against Iran even in a last resort to stop[ it attaining nuclear weapons.

In the past, Israel maintained an interest office in Doha, Qatar, but it was closed in 2009. It is widely believed that Jerusalem still maintains some sort of engagement with various states in the Persian Gulf region, with whom it has many joined interests. The government is extremely careful not to publicly acknowledge such ties — in order not to jeopardize them.

On Tuesday Netanyahu made it clear that “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons” and could take military action to stop it from doing so. ”If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others,” he stated.

He immediately added: “The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in our region have led many of our Arab neighbors to recognize, finally recognize, that Israel is not their enemy. And this affords us the opportunity to overcome the historic animosities and build new relationships, new friendships, new hopes.”

He went on: “Israel welcomes engagement with the wider Arab world. We hope that our common interests and common challenges will help us forge a more peaceful future.”

A number of Sunni countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, have been vocally opposed to Iran’s nuclear program, placing them and Israel on the same side of the debate.

A carelessly edited version of the 2013 Israeli state budget revealed that Israel opened a diplomatic office somewhere in the Persian Gulf between 2010 and 2012. Foreign Ministry sources asked the Finance Ministry to remove the sensitive clause from the budget — and from the public’s eye.

  1. #1 by NLG on 10/04/2013 - 5:12 pm

    The plan is probably to use Saudi Arabia like Turkey, to get them to spearhead it, then when Iran responds, it’s USA to save the day. Saudi Arabia can’t even trust its own slave-citizens to operate its aircraft–they’re too afraid they’ll use them against the ruling class. The House of Saud is a House of Cards. You knock down one of the bottom cards, and it will fall. It’s just waiting for a match to be struck. I pray that, one day, I get to see Prince Bandar ibn Israel hanging from a lamp post. Time to start assassinating Saudis petro princes and arming the plebs. Notice how in each one of these conflicts, the goal is always the same: destruction of Iran, with the USA doing the fighting, and and destroying itself and Russia in the process, so Israel can emerge the victor. Notice how they are able to deceive. With Erdogan, it was his vanity, dreams of an new Ottoman empire and EU membership. With the House of Saud, it’s the enticement of insurance–that their brutal, medieval kingdom will live forever. House of Saud, like their king, is on life support (or maybe it’s his double we keep seeing, who knows?). Pull that plug.

  2. #2 by /jm on 10/04/2013 - 6:28 pm

    STOP IRAN FROM WHAT???????????????
    Iranians have said a miilion times they want peace. Why can´t you get this in your thick skull, you monsters? You know bloody well Nutcase yahoo that Iranians want peace. You simpy want your planned 3rd world nuclear war
    We all know about it and we all hate and despise you. Like MG says one could fry an egg on your stupid head. I would like the poor innocent egg to be spared, Instead your goddamned head and that of your allies should self explode.You Nutty Netty ilk remind me of the patients i worked with at the biggest psychiatric clinik in Basel Switzerland. Their brains are so warped with drugs, alcohol, sicknesses etc, they are way out of this world, the exception being, they have not killed anybody. You can tell those patients anything a thousand times, with their damaged brains, they simply do not get it. All they care about is more drugs and more alcohol. I even had a old woman Rotschild at the private station as a patient once. God was she ever so weird. I gave up working with them, it was a complete waste of time and energy.
    Nutty Netty and his talmudian rabbis are insane genocidal psychopatic maniacs needing more and more human blood. They never get enough of it. We all have to keep strong, wherever we are living, for the sake of humanity, our children and great grandchildren and fight for the truth and freedom, even if it means that we are going to be killed. I cannot describe the emotion that i feel, i need to keep my feet on the ground though i could go through the roof.
    GET OUT OF OUR LIVES YOU TALMUDUAN SATANIC MURDERERS AND LIARS. YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. WE ARE NOT FRIGHTENED OF YOU.

  3. #3 by Dante Ardenz on 10/04/2013 - 8:59 pm

    This is so Jewish. Screaming about ‘alledged threats’. Did they not conspire against Jesus because he’stirred up the people against us’. ? This is the same rubbish they pulled in the 30’s that millions still believe about WW2. Or the WMD lies before Iqaq War 2…. The Gulf States are in the Rothchilds of London,an The US Federal Reserves pockets. Take note. They are very repressive and no ‘Arab Springs occure there !

  4. #4 by Todd Raine on 10/04/2013 - 10:52 pm

    Arabs have a saying. It goes something like this. ” The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. If the Gulf leaders had any sense, they would all run into the arms of Iran. Arabs also invented the game of chess( chess mat, the king is dead). Seems the Gulf leaders do not understand the game being played now. If this mad dream of ‘Eretz Israel’ ever gained this impossible move of eliminating Iran, regime change would come immediately to gulf kingdoms. Their days (gulf kingdoms) are numbered. They are hated by their own. They are pawns of Israel via America. The camel in these kingdoms should make 100,000 a year yet they have poor and starving natives. These natives in a general sense are all related to the royals( as all French, Irish, German, are each related to their own). You can not arm the ‘plebs’, though I understand that reasoning. Do that and you again fall into Zion trap. Zion thrives in chaos. Do that and you definitely have a huge mess. The best move seems to be for the gulf to ally with Iran. Sunni, Shiah will retain their current rolls. They gain respect from gulf citizens. They gain Russia and China. They force America to shed this Zionist yoke. They isolate Israel and America in one move. Chess Mat. The Zionist king is dead. Make this move and America and the whole world will see the spot light on its enemy. The curtain will be opened and all will see ” The Mighty Oz”.

  5. #5 by Luciana on 10/04/2013 - 11:57 pm

    What new alliances? There is no hope for unnatural born liars.

  6. #6 by michael mazur on 10/05/2013 - 12:13 pm

    Israel has global ambitions of a imperial nature which by definition destroys the sovereignty of all nations coming successively under Israeli dominion.

    A top down structure.

    Contrast that with Iran’s ambitions which are limited to being regionally influential in a mutually beneficial way.

    A horizontal bilateral structure.

    This cultivation by Israel of Gulf countries will lead to nothing. Consider two scenarios;

    Iran will be doing its own counter cultivation, emissaries quietly reminding the Gulf countries of Israel’s violent and bloody behaviour in the region towards Arabs, directly, or by the US as proxy, costing millions of lives, even since before its inception in 1948, and that it is inherent in Israel’s nature to be like that or die. Given this as Israel’s essential character, it must follow, that when the Gulf countries with which Israel seeks stronger ties with a view to undermining Iran are no longer needed, for their efforts, they in turn will be undermined and reduced to helpless satrapies under direct Israeli control. Lastly, the Gulf countries will be reminded that Iran will always be there, but Israel won’t, it’s inherent violence to others triggering internally like on itself – leading to disintegration, following a comprehensive world wide boycott of Israel.

    Scenario two; unless the US makes war on Iran, Israel will not. And as the US will not make war on Iran, no amount of cultivation of the Gulf countries by Israel will lead to anything since the first scenario will be influential. Also, to repeat an earlier point, the lingering impression will be that as Israel is destined ‘to pass from the page of time’, by contrast, Iran will always be there.

    So, why is Israel cultivating these unnamed Gulf countries ? For something to do, though it be inherently ineffectual – and they know it, since their options have run out with regard to Syria to get at Iran. The Israelis are just doodling ideas on the jotting paper while speaking wistfully of Syria slipping out of their grasp.

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