According to a report from The Jerusalem Post, Israel has talked with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE to build a military alliance to counter Iran in the region. An unnamed Israeli official told the Post that these countries have “informally discussed” the idea.
Last week, Israel’s i24 News ran a similar story that said Israel was engaged in talks with the three Arab nations and is considering a defense alliance to counter the “growing Iranian threat.”
Israel normalized relations with the UAE and Bahrain last fall through US-brokered deals. The Trump administration made clear that one aspect of the agreement was to isolate Iran.
While Israel and Saudi Arabia have yet to normalize, the two countries are reportedly coordinating on Iran. And last November, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia and held a secret meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid heightened tensions with Iran.
One thing the four countries have in common is an opposition to the Biden administration reviving the Iran nuclear deal. Last week, Netanyahu spoke with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and discussed potential US-Iran talks, something the regional countries want to be involved with.