Mossad chief sees historic shift of alliances as Arab states side with Israel against Iran

Yossi CohenIn a rare public appearance, the director of the Mossad spy agency said that the Middle East is witnessing a historic shift of alliances as many Arab states are forming tacit pacts with Israel against Iran and its proxies. Yosef “Yossi” Cohen spoke on Monday morning at the Herzliya Conference, a security-themed event organized by the Interdisciplinary Center, a university in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv.

In his 40-minute speech Cohen said that the Mossad had identified the present time as “a rare opportunity —perhaps the first in the history of the Middle East— to reach a regional understanding that would lead to an inclusive regional peace agreement” between Israel and most of the Arab states. He justified his reasoning by claiming that many Arab states are siding with Israel to pursue “common interests [such as] the fight against rivals like Iran and jihadist terrorism”. This historic shift in alliances is happening as Israel is enjoying “close relations with the White House” and keeping open “channels of communication with the Kremlin”, said the spy chief. These factors “combine to create what might be a one-time window of opportunity” for Israel to form a strategic alliance with the majority of its Arab neighbors, said Cohen.

The Mossad chief went on to allege that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were behind the recent bombings of commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. He told the conference that he could “say with certainty that Iran was behind these attacks” and that they were “approved by the Iranian leadership and carried out by the [IRGC]”. Cohen cited “the best sources of Israeli and Western intelligence” but did not provide specific evidence to support his allegation, which Iran denies. Later in his speech, Cohen said that the IRGC and Iranian intelligence agencies had carried out assassinations throughout Europe and had discussed further plans to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in Denmark, Azerbaijan and the North America. “And that is only the tip of the iceberg”, said Cohen, and went on to claim that the IRGC had set up a network of 300 agents in the African continent and was heavily present in Syria, mainly through its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

At the conclusion of his speech, the Mossad chief repeated prior warnings by Israeli officials that the Jewish state would never allow the development of an Iranian nuclear arsenal. “Mossad and the State of Israel have not signed the nuclear deal and will do all to ensure Iran will never possess a nuclear arsenal”, said Cohen.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 02 July 2019 | Permalink

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2 Responses to Mossad chief sees historic shift of alliances as Arab states side with Israel against Iran

  1. Pete says:

    An excellent article. The fear of Iran’s military and intelligence power has molded intelligence relations between the Arab states and Israel for decades. More recently the conflict against Islamic State has become a broader Arab – Israeli intelligence interest.

    Reportedly Jordanian intelligence has become the main intermediary and host for exchanges between Mossad and Saudi intelligence. http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/10/20/saudi-arabia-and-israel-collaborating-in-joint-intelligence-force

  2. Timber says:

    Of course, the Mossad has also proven (with their raid on Iran’s nuclear records facility) that Iran doesn’t WANT a nuclear arsenal, and for good reason. They themselves are much safer (and Israel in far greater danger) with their conventional ballistic missile arsenal. The rest of his statement is rather self-obvious, but reinforces the general feeling one has (the US shooting one of our own drones down because it didn’t respond to radio warnings being an example) that wrestling with Iran feels a lot like not doing so well on a IQ test.

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