Arab League to discuss Iranian 'violations'

Israel Ready to Work With Saudis Against Iran

Israel Ready to Work With Saudis Against Iran

Saudi Arabia, a Sunni powerhouse, has significantly sharpened its anti-Iran rhetoric since its forces on November 4 intercepted near its capital, Riyadh, a ballistic missile fired by Shiite rebels in Yemen who are allied with the Iranians.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain launched a comprehensive economic boycott against their Gulf Arab neighbor Qatar in June because of its close ties to Iran.

The Saudi draft also includes a warning to Iran against continuing its present policies in the region and orders Arab diplomats to request a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss what it called Iranian "threats", added the diplomats.

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.

But he said Israeli officials have tended to exaggerate such interactions in a bid to "drive down the price they may have to pay, especially on Palestinian issues, to expand strategic relations and ties with Arab countries".

Iran, on the other hand, has supported Assad's government, providing it with billions of dollars' worth of economic and military aid since the civil war there began in 2011.

"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation".

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Earlier Sunday, Abul Gheit said the missile fired at Riyadh was made in Iran.

"Saudi Arabia will not stand idly against this blatant aggression and will not hesitate to defend its national security to preserve the security and safety of its people".

Last week Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately, escalating a regional standoff with Iran centred on the fragile state, which it claims is being run by Tehran's proxy, Hezbollah.

"We say it in clear terms that Iranian threats have exceeded all boundaries and are pushing the region toward the abyss".

The IDF chief added that he was hopeful regarding Trump's declarations about the need to stop Iran's missile program and the entrenchment of its troops and militias in Syria and Iraq.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa called on countries such as Lebanon "where Hizballah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility", referring to the group as "terrorists". In the absence of such support, he said, his country would have no choice but to rely on the protection of its Western allies, citing the USA 5th Fleet headquartered in Bahrain and naval ships patrolling the Persian gulf.

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