Israel’s outreach to Saudi Arabia points to cooling rapport with U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com

by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct

Dore Gold, the Director General of Israel’s foreign ministry and a highly experienced diplomat, in late December gave the ministry’s first ever interview to a Saudi media outlet.

Dore Gold gave the first ever interview by Israel's foreign ministry to the Saudi media.
Dore Gold gave the first ever interview by Israel’s foreign ministry to the Saudi media.

Speaking to the Saudi-owned online newspaper Elaph, Gold emphasized the common interests Israel and Saudi Arabia have in blunting threats posed by Iran and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

The politics of the Middle East are shifting with forces within and outside the region contributing. Elaph portrayed the interview in positive tones, using the headline, “Israel: Iran creating anarchy in order to make itself as a solution.” The subhead reads, “Dore Gold tells Elaph that ISIS is a joint threat.”

Gold, who assumed his current responsibilities in May, is a long-time associate and confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a relationship which with the fact of the unprecedented interview suggests Gold was speaking as much for the prime minister as himself.

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