Israeli Minister: 'Trump's visit strengthens anti-Iranian camp in region'

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz called for a "regional coalition" to be built to counter Iran and other extremist groups.

May 21, 2017 12:57
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Israel's Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Israel Katz stated, Sunday, his belief that the arrival of President Trump to the Middle East "strengthens the anti-Iranian camp in the region."

Katz called for a "regional coalition" to be built, under American leadership, "to block and push back Iran." Speaking shortly after the news of a US-Saudi Arabia military deal worth nearly $110 billion, the Intelligence Minister added that "at the same time Israel's qualitative military edge should be maintained."

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In his statement, Katz stressed that the regional approach should include security cooperation, economic initiatives and that such partnerships could "be advanced alongside unconditional negotiations with [the Palestinians]."

In a February interview with The Washington Post, Katz revealed that he has been advocating for a regional approach involving bolstering the Israel-Sunni alliance in order to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and to counter extremist groups in the region.

According to Katz, "regional security and economic cooperation will pave the way to regional peace."

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