The Israeli government confirmed their support for secret contacts with Saudi Arabia. This follows from the statements of the Minister of energy of Israel Yuval Steinitz in an interview with local media, Reuters reports.

On the question of why the Israeli authorities “hide contacts” with the Saudis, the official said that the official Jerusalem supports the “partially hidden” relations with many Arab and Muslim countries.

“This is the other side interested in maintaining relations… We respect the wishes of the other hand, when developing relationships, whether with Saudi Arabia or other Arab or Muslim countries… But we keep it secret,” said Steinitz.

Reuters called the statement the first confirmation by senior officials of the fact that secret agreements between the Israelis and the Saudis.

Riyadh has not commented on the statement by the Israeli Minister. Not yet received comments from the office of the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

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As the newspaper notes, and Saudi Arabia, and Israel believes the main threat to the Middle East of Iran, and this in turn may push Riyadh and Jerusalem to cooperate.

At the same time, the Saudi monarchy insists that its relations with Israel depends on whether the last withdraw its troops from occupied following the six day war in 1967, the territories in which the Palestinian Arabs want to create their own state.

13 Nov 2017 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Jerusalem will continue military action in Syria, even if the US and Russia agreed to a cease-fire in that country.

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In Israel confirmed that secret contacts with Saudi Arabia 20.11.2017

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