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April 3, 2018 4:17 pm

Top Israeli Official: We Welcome ‘Forging of a Common Front in the Middle East Against Iran’

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Deputy Minister Michael Oren. Photo: The Israel Project.

The Jewish state welcomes the “forging of a common front in the Middle East against Iran,” a top Israeli official said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Michael Oren — a Kulanu MK and deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office who served as Israel’s envoy in Washington, DC, for four years — spoke with Hugh Hewitt a day after the publication of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s interview with The Atlantic.

“You know, one of the ironies of the Obama period was that the previous president sought to bring Jews and Arabs closer together through peace,” Oren said. “He succeeded, just not through peace. He brought us together through common opposition to his policies, particularly toward Iran. And I think that the Saudi prince was very explicit in saying one of the reasons he is looking forward to a closer relationship with Israel, because he sees Saudi Arabia and Israel and other Middle Eastern states standing in a common front against Iranian aggression.”

Asked about potential future cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Oren replied, “I mean, could you imagine what that would be like, wedding Israeli innovation with Arab capital? It would be transformative not just for the Middle East. It could be for the world. And I think we can seriously look forward to someday, hopefully someday soon, realizing that vision.”

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