US Proposes Anti-Iran Arab-Israeli Alliance

US Proposes Anti-Iran  Arab-Israeli Alliance US Proposes Anti-Iran  Arab-Israeli Alliance

US President Donald Trump's administration has floated the idea of forming an Israel-friendly anti-Iran Arab alliance on the basis of the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen, US media reported on Wednesday as cited by Sputnik.

The administration has been approaching Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Egypt through their diplomatic missions in Washington with proposals to form a US-backed defense pact that would share intelligence with Israel and counter Iran's influence in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Arab diplomats from the embassies.

"They've been asking diplomatic missions in Washington if we'd be willing to join this force that has an Israeli component … Israel's role would likely be intelligence sharing, not training or boots on the ground. They'd provide intelligence and targets. That's what the Israelis are good at," a diplomat told the newspaper.

The Arab alliance would also be offered increased US military aid in return for agreeing to protect each other in case of external attack. Cobbling together an Israeli-friendly coalition involving Persian Gulf Arab states could prove a difficult task, as both Saudi Arabia and the UAE do not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel. 

Arab diplomats have reportedly asked Israel to stop its illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank as a condition for cooperation under US proposals.

The coalition would be formed by expanding the ongoing Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni civil war, where Iran is accused of backing the Houthi fighters. The United States pledged to increase military aid to the campaign as well as help secure Red Sea shipping routes from the fallout of the war. The coalition has refused to comment on the talks, as has the US administration and Israel.

Yemen's civil war between the Saudi-led coalition of Persian Gulf Arab countries backing the fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh erupted in March 2015. The Saudi coalition has since been criticized for hitting civilians, causing disproportional child casualties and damaging vital non-military infrastructure. 

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