A Saudi newspaper published an unprecedented interview on Thursday with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. It marks the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, has been interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, Haartz said.
In the interview to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph, Eisenkot called Iran the "real and largest threat to the region." He said Israel and Saudi Arabia are in complete agreement about Iran's intentions.
Israel's military chief accused Iran of trying to destabilize the region by building weapons factories and supplying advanced arms to guerilla and terrorist organizations across the Middle East.
"Iran seeks to take control of the Middle
East, creating a Shi'ite crescent from Lebanon to Iran and then from
the Gulf to the Red Sea."
"We must prevent this from happening," he added.
Eisenkot also commented on the Middle East policies of
the American and Russian governments. He said he welcomed U.S President Donald
Trump’s announcement that it is necessary to put an end to the Iranian
ballistic missile program and Iran’s growing hold in Syria and Iraq.
“I view it as hope for the region,” he said.
“With President Trump. there is an opportunity to build a new international coalition in the region. We need to carry out a large and inclusive strategic plan to stop the Iranian danger. We are willing to exchange information with moderate Arab countries, including intelligence information in order to deal with Iran,” added Eisenkot.