April 2, 2023

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Lapid Says Resumption of Saudi-Iranian Relations a ‘Dangerous Failure’ of Israel’s Foreign Policy

Earlier in the day, Iran and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement mediated by China to resume relations broken off in 2016, as well as open embassies and representative offices within two months. The Israeli opposition leader reportedly added that the deal stripped Israel of its regional defensive wall against the Iranian threat. In February, the new Israeli government intensified talks with Saudi Arabia on strengthening military and intelligence links, citing a threat allegedly posed by Iran.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular, said then that the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia would “launch a historic change in Israel’s position in the Middle East,” while linking this goal to deterring Iran’s nuclear program. He also stated that “the Arab world recognizes the primacy of the Iranian threat,” which had allegedly moved many Arab countries closer to Israel.News broke earlier Friday that Iran and Saudi Arabia had agreed to resume relations and reopen embassies within the next two months. The historic agreement came after several days’ worth of negotiations that were facilitated by China.Original News : https://sputniknews.com/20230310/lapid-says-resumption-of-saudi-iranian-relations-a-dangerous-failure-of-israels-foreign-policy–1108275005.html

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