We have secret ties with ´many´ Arab states: Israeli minister

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Last week, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of having appealed to Israel to launch an attack against the group in Lebanon, offering the Jewish state "billions of dollars" to do so.

Although Saudi Arabia and Israel have no official diplomatic relations, they share a common enemy in Iran, with both seeking to limit the Islamic republic´s expanding influence in the Middle East.

"There's an opportunity to form a new worldwide coalition in the region with President Trump", Eisenkot added. "With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more. still, we keep it secret".

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen. Sadat was "a courageous leader who went against the stream and paved the way for other Arab leaders to recognize the importance of strategic ties with Israel", Liberman wrote.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating war in 2006.

Formal ties do not seem likely due to Israel's continuing occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of progress in peace efforts, but behind-the-scenes cooperation has opened up in various areas, a number of experts and officials have said.

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Let's note, that recently Israel and Saudi Arabia show mutual readiness for rapprochement on a platform of joint opposition to Iran.

Riyadh accuses its foe Iran of supplying Yemen's Huthis with advanced rockets and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia of holding Lebanon and its coalition government "hostage".

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led intervention against Huthi rebels in Yemen has only escalated, amid warnings that its recent blockade of the country could lead to mass starvation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been promoting the idea that his country's ties with Arab nations are improving, and some experts have said there are signs that shared concerns over Iran are indeed nudging them closer.

And earlier this month, Lebanese premier Saad Hariri appeared on Saudi television from Riyadh to resign, reportedly on the orders of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It marked the first time that any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, has been interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz's website.