Iran-US detente brings Israel, Arabs closer

Iran-US detente brings Israel, Arabs closer
Mon Sep 30, 2013 18:03:51

Much like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Arab foreign ministers are voicing concern over any probable relationships between Tehran and Washington.

On Thursday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, a Saudi diplomat turned to his Israeli counterpart.

Haaretz Israeli daily has mentioned in an article entitled "Thaw between Washington and Tehran brings Israel and (Persian) Gulf states closer" that, "Over the past week, similar conversations have taken place between senior Israeli diplomats and officials from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and other Persian Gulf states.

An Israeli official who requested anonymity said there was a common message in these conversations and a shared sense of anxiety.

Iranian issue was also the focus of talks in recent days between Kerry and the foreign ministers of the UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

Each Arab foreign minister warned - much like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - of a kind of Iranian honey trap that could ensnare the United States.

Israel and Persian Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and Jordan, have always had common interests in halting Iran's nuclear program.

But since the swearing-in of President Hassan Rohani in early August, the exchange of messages between Israel and Arab states has become more frequent and intimate."