Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are in talks to create a four-nation defense, security alliance, the i24NEWS TV reported on February 25.
Israeli officials told the Israeli news channel that Tel Aviv is constantly working to “improve its relations with its Arab neighbors.”
The UAE and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel as a part of the Abraham Accords which were brokered by the Trump administration last year. Saudi Arabia was not a party in the accords. Yet, it developed its secret relations with Israel to unprecedented levels, according to recent reports.
According to the i24NEWS report, the talks are meant to counter the “growing Iranian threat” in the region ahead of a possible resumption of talks on a nuclear deal between Tehran and the West.
Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE view Iran’s nuclear program and its missile capabilities as a threat to their national security.
A military, security alliance between Israel and the three Gulf states won’t be a surprise. The four countries have been reportedly cooperating in secret against Iran for years. An official pact will only make this cooperation public.
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