YEMEN Press Agency

Israeli media: Israel in talks to establish defense alliance with Saudis, UAE and Bahrain

SANAA, Feb. 26 (YPA) – Hebrew media have revealed negotiations between Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to create a NATO-style defense security alliance.

The occupation entity is currently in talks with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates over establishing a four-nation defense alliance, i24NEWS media outlet reported Thursday.

The four countries also aim to come up with a common position of the four, against Iran.

Saudi Arabia does not have public relations with Israel, while the UAE and Bahrain announced last year a full normalization of relations with the Jewish state.

Before Abu Dhabi and Manama’s announcement of normalization, earlier reports revealed that many Gulf states have for years maintained secret relations with Israel, driven mainly by common concerns about Iran in particular, while the United States encourages both sides to normalize relations.