Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Informal ties between Israel and some of the Gulf Arab monarchies in economic, intelligence, and security affairs are growing, encouraged by the prospect of a US-mediated rapprochement on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
- Iranian and salafi-jihadi threats could boost Israel’s mutual intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- Any dramatic deterioration in relations with Iran could encourage Gulf Arab monarchies to reach out to Israel as a deterrent signal.
- Closer cooperation with Arab countries may reduce pressure on Israel to agree to an independent Palestinian state.