More Meetings, More Secrets, What Are Israel And Saudi Arabia Up To?

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Sameera Ehteram
There has been news of the Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan having held several secret meetings with Israeli officials,including TamirPardo, the head of Mossad, in Genevalast month.

A Saudi-Israel alliance?

There has been news of the Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan having held several secret meetings with Israeli officials,including TamirPardo, the head of Mossad, in Genevalast month.

The meetings took place after last month's nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran, which stirred a sense of insecurity among the likes of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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A Saudi-Israel alliance?

According to the source for the leak, one Mujtahidd,the meeting between Prince Bandr and TamirPardotook place on Nov. 27 and focused on "containing Iran by any possible means, exercising stronger control over Syria's jihadist forces, sidelining the Muslim Brotherhood and stopping the waves of the Arab Spring."The source is believed to connected to the ‘the inner circles of the Saudi secret service.’

While the Times of Israel has reported the news, it has not been confirmed by the mainstream media.

However, it may not be completely out of the question as the two nations are weary over the nuclear deal and The Sunday Times reported just last  month that the two powers may unite against Tehran. The Times of Israel reported something similar in May this year and said that other Arab states, including Saudi, would join forces against Iran.

According to Mujahidd, apart from dealing with Iran, they agreed to ‘destroy the so-called ‘Jihadi’ groups in Syria, sideline the Brotherhood, and root out the Arab Spring.’

He also says Israel’s contribution to the agreement would be through its intelligence, advanced technology and using its influence to pressure American lawmakers, whereas the Saudis would provide funds use their exercise their power with Arab and Muslim countries.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential Iranianpolitician and a former President, recently said that he was ready to travel to Riyadh “to reassure the Saudis that friendship with Iran benefits the region and both countries.” Incidentally, he is the only Iranian politician to maintain good ties with the leaders of

Although Saudi Arabia and Israel may have been at loggerheads since the inception of the latter state, the fact that both countries may even be willing to unite against Iran speaks volumes of their sense of insecurity. Israel, of course, has made no bones about the fact that it considers Rouhani a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

It seems that Saudi Arabia may be willing to forego Iran’s extended hand and go for a deal with Israel. If that is the case and the collaboration goes forward, it may just alter the world politics as we know it.

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