Israel: Saudi and Persian Gulf States Share Our Concerns about Iran Hegemony


Israel and the Gulf states share the exact same perception of Iran’s desire for regional hegemony, Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold said Thursday.

Gold said Israel was listening to the Arab discourse about Iranian intentions “with great interest,” and that Arab leaders are “laying out a case against Iranian actions, and we are seeing it expressed over and over by Arab leaders.”

“I think the challenges Israel faces with Hizbullah in Lebanon and Iranian-backed Hamas in the Gaza Strip are a subset of a much larger problem which all Middle East states are facing, and which emanates directly from Tehran,” he said. “We are watching what they are saying, and it is fascinating because that is exactly the perception we have in Israel….Iran is not only Israel’s problem, but also a problem for the whole region.”

Meanwhile, Israel on Thursday the rejected the UN’s call to free Palestinian aid worker Wahid Bursh, accused by Israel of siphoning development funds intended for Gaza to Hamas. Israel’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Eyal Nachshon said “Israel rejects the UN’s claim that a person who abets an internationally recognized terrorist organization like Hamas will enjoy immunity for the simple reason that whoever abets terror does so while hiding behind their immunity.”

David Steger – Israel