Israeli military chief wants closer Saudi ties as Iran tensions rise

The move followed the unexpected resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, Saad Hariri, citing Iranian influence across the region and claiming he feared for his safety.

The two regional powers - Saudi Arabia and Iran - have made Syria another battleground in their proxy war between Sunnis and Shiites.

"We are ready to exchange experiences with Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to confront Iran", Eisenkot said in his first-ever interview with an Arabic newspaper, adding "there are many shared interests between us and Saudi Arabia".

Saudi is set to discuss "the act of aggression by the Houthi militias of Iran in Yemen" after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh on November 4, according to a memorandum distributed by the league's general secretariat, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, to member states.

"Iran's biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist Hizballah arm", Sheikh Khalid charged.

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"The ballistic missile launched on my country's capital reflects the repeated Iranian attacks against the kingdom, which witnessed the launch of 80 Iranian ballistic missiles through its Houthi agent in Yemen, which was exposed to various cities in the Kingdom, and did not care about the Muslims' Qiblah by launching three ballistic missiles in a blatant attack on Islamic sanctity and a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world".

An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday said Israel had covert ties with "many" Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides' request.

Lebanon's foreign minister did not attend Sunday's session, but Beirut's permanent representative was present.

Saudi Arabia urged fellow Arab League nations to find a "non-compromise" solution to deal with "Iran's aggression" and "disregard for worldwide law" during a specially-summoned foreign ministers' meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

He added that Hezbollah "does not just carry out operations inside the borders of (Lebanon), it also crosses its borders to all of our nations", making it "a threat to Arab national security".

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Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of "direct military aggression" against the kingdom by supplying the Yemen rebels with ballistic missiles, but Tehran has denied any involvement.

"There are proven incidents of spying networks and sabotage whose destructive actions were uncovered" including in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, said the Arab League chief.

Iran-backed Hezbollah - which is dominant in Lebanon - is also a great enemy of Israel, with which it fought a war in 2006.

"Iran created agents in the region, such as the Houthi and Hezbollah militias, in total disregard for all global principles", said al-Jubeir.

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