The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced today, Tuesday, that Washington will inform it of negotiations to return to the nuclear agreement with Iran, while Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz confirmed that his country is working to establish a security alliance with Gulf countries against Tehran.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that Israel had reached understandings with the United States from behind the scenes, through which it ensured that neither of the two countries would be surprised by everything related to the negotiations to return to the nuclear deal with Iran.
Ashkenazi described relations with the administration of US President Joe Biden as good, adding that a mini-Israeli body headed by Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to conduct a quiet and non-confrontational dialogue with the US administration on how to reach an agreement that protects Israeli and regional interests and prevents Iran from becoming a nuclear state.
In a related context, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said today, Tuesday, that he intends to establish a “special security arrangement” with the Arab Gulf states that have relations with Israel and share concerns about Iran.
The UAE and Bahrain established formal relations with Israel last year, and Israel and the UAE proposed establishing defense and military cooperation within the framework of the rapprochement supported by the United States.
During a visit to the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza, Gantz downplayed a report by the Kan public broadcaster, which said that Israel is considering concluding a defense agreement with Gulf Arab countries, but said that efforts are being made to develop security relations.
Gantz added that we seek to establish a special security arrangement with the UAE, and we can continue and develop our relations within the framework of this arrangement, and Gantz declined to go into details about what such an arrangement would entail.
Last week, the Israeli channel, i24news, quoted unnamed Gulf sources, that Tel Aviv had headed to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to build a defense security alliance similar to NATO, to deal with the growing Iranian threat in the region.
The three countries did not comment on what was reported by the Israeli channel.
While the administration of US President Joe Biden requires Iran to return first to its nuclear obligations – which it suspended in January 2020 – Tehran insists on the priority of lifting US sanctions on it.