"Unfortunately, no one from the moderate Arab states is ready for open contacts or an alliance with Israel. This is probably due to the fact that they are still much more afraid of their own crowd, citizens… than the threat emanating from Iran… When they start fearing Iran more than their own population, then I think they will have no choice but to agree for open cooperation with Israel," Lieberman told Israeli Channel 9 in an interview.
Israel and Saudi Arabia
Earlier in November, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot told Saudi online newspaper Elaph that Israel was ready to share intelligence with Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, noting that US President Donald Trump's harsh stance on Iran allowed for a new chance to build a regional alliance of Arab states and to curb Iran's expansion.
Israel and Syria
Previously, the Israeli prime minister has spoken about the country's ties with Arab states that are kept "in general secret." According to the prime minister, peace between Israel and Arab states will "happen in the end, because there are a lot of things going on all the time beneath the surface". Netanyahu's statement comes just days after Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz recognized the existence of secret ties between Israel and "many" Muslim and Arab states, including Saudi Arabia.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Tel Aviv and Tehran have had no diplomatic relations, with the Islamic Republic refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel established in 1948.