Taking advantage of the Saudi-U.S. diplomatic rift, Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, claimed on Thursday that failure to make progress in the peace talks would also bar progress in any alliance with the Saudis on Iran.
Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their opposition to Iran, but they cannot cooperate as long the Palestinian issue goes unresolved, she said, in a rare attempt to link the two issues.
“When you hear the Saudis talking about what needs to be done in order to prevent a [nuclear-armed] Iran, I mean, it sounds familiar,” said Livni.
“In order to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, we need to cooperate with those [who] understand that Iran is a threat to them as well,” she added. “But unfortunately, the open conflict with the Palestinians makes it impossible or very difficult for them to act with Israel.”