Israel has come to view the Egyptian and Saudi regimes as part of its national security in the region, and is doing everything it can to protect Sisi and Ibn Salman from the decisions of the new US administration against them.
In this context, the Hebrew “Times of Israel” website said that Israel ranks the Saudi regime among the axis cooperating with it and does not hesitate to defend Riyadh in the face of criticism from the United States of America.
The website added that Israeli government officials warn their counterparts in the administration of US President Joe Biden against exaggerating criticism of the Saudi and Egyptian governments.
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The site added that Israel views Saudi Arabia and Egypt as part of the axis cooperating with it.
According to the website, Israeli officials have repeatedly warned their counterparts in the Biden administration not to exaggerate criticism of the Saudi and Egyptian governments.
This is due to concerns that such criticism could lead Riyadh and Cairo to turn to countries such as Iran, China and Russia for support.
It is noteworthy that US President Joe Biden entered office vowing to prioritize human rights in formulating his foreign policy, warning that countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt will need reform if they are to maintain their long relations with the United States.
But this approach has alarmed Israel, which believes it could alienate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, prompting them to look elsewhere for support — notably from Iran, but also from US adversaries China and Russia.
An Israeli source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said these concerns were conveyed to administration officials on multiple occasions.
However, The Times of Israel has learned that the matter was not brought up during the meeting between Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week.
The source expressed satisfaction that while the Biden administration has maintained its rhetoric in favor of supporting human rights abroad, it has “so far avoided completely upsetting US relations with Cairo and Riyadh.”
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Israel views Saudi Arabia and Egypt as part of a more moderate axis of Arab countries in the region that it seeks to cooperate with against Iran, and has been reported in the past to pressure the United States to support economic aid to both countries.
Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979, ending decades of conflict and establishing full diplomatic relations.
In recent years, the two countries have cooperated closely in the security field, mostly around the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has moved closer to Israel amid the two countries’ efforts to thwart Iran’s regional aspirations. But it has so far resisted establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
Ibn Salman pressured the King of Morocco for normalization
And Israeli media had revealed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was participating in the talks with the King of Morocco. And that he influenced the decision to normalize relations with “Israel”.
Sources quoted one of the advisers to the King of Morocco at the time, that “Bin Salman has a list of countries that will print.”
The Israeli media also pointed out that after “this circle is completed, Saudi Arabia will normalize with Israel,” noting that these countries include the Sultanate of Oman, Indonesia, Djibouti and Pakistan.
And the “Israel Hayom” website indicated in a report last year that normalization between “Israel” and Morocco largely reflects the set of political interests in the Middle East.
Diplomatic sources in the UAE and Morocco confirmed to Israel Hayom that Abu Dhabi and Riyadh played an important role in advancing the agreement between Morocco and Israel.
Bin Salman is the crown prince most supportive of “Israel”
And last year, the Israeli “Kan” channel spoke about what is happening behind the scenes of what it described as “the love relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia,” stressing that “there were senior Israeli officials in Riyadh.”
A senior Israeli source confirmed to the Israeli channel that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is the most supportive of Israel’s crown prince in the Saudi regime, and if the matter was related to him, normalization would have taken place, but the matter was hampered by Saudi internal policy.”
The Israeli source explained that “the change in the Saudi position was after the speech of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the US Congress,” noting that Mohammed bin Salman “was the one who established the relationship on his initiative.”
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