Israeli Intelligence Chief: Saudi Arabia and Israel maintain unofficial peace relations

He added that normalization and bilateral relations with the Arab countries opens new horizons for Israel on economic and security levels, and launch cooperation activities in all fields.

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Israeli intelligence bureau chief Yossi Cohen. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90, File)

The chief of The Israeli intelligence bureau Mossad, Yossi Cohen, has said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Israel maintain peaceful covert relations.

Nonetheless, they remain outside the official diplomatic framework, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported.

(BBC News)

The paper quoted Cohen as saying that the normalization of relations with Arab countries gives Israel a “strategic depth” to confront the so-called axis of evil led by Iran and the dangers it poses, especially the nuclear program, terrorism, and regional expansion.

He added that normalization and bilateral relations with the Arab countries opens new horizons for Israel on economic and security levels, and launch cooperation activities in all fields.

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammad Abdulkarim Al Issa (L) and Conscience Foundation President and Founder Rabbi Arthur Schneier (R). (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

“Israel and the countries that normalize their relations with it send a message to Iran and the axis it leads, saying we are on the right side, you are standing in the wrong place,” he said.

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Remarking on Saudi Arabia’s condition that Israel resolves its conflict with the Palestinians as a prelude to signing a normalization deal with Riyadh, Cohen said: “I wish the countries that have actual peace relations with us, even if they are outside the official diplomatic framework, conclude this (so-called peace) deal, and I think that there is no justification for this condition.”

He added that he does not believe there is a justification to request that Tel Aviv signs a settlement agreement with the Palestinians as a prelude to reaching peace deals with other Arab countries.

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