The Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, made sure that nobody thought it was just a slip of the tongue, and that he meant what he said when he referred to the Sunni Arab nations as “Israel’s allies.”
“What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression — that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.”
The comment was particularly surprising in light of Gold’s authorship of a 2003 book describing how Saudi Arabia supports global terrorism.
Gold was speaking at an event organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Wednesday.
The Israeli diplomat said that Israel would continue to fight passage of the agreement in the Congress, but was also prepared for the security challenges posed if it passes.
“We will find a practical way to come up with solutions to a very dangerous situation,” Gold said. “But in the meantime we have to tell what we think about this agreement. We have to say the truth even though it’s unpleasant.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that, contrary to the impression given by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the Sunni Arab countries are not on board.
“Most Sunni Arab states don’t just criticize the deal, they fully reject it. They are outraged by the agreement,” Netanyahu asserted. “There are very concrete threats on our existence. We’re not the only ones who understand that. Others understand it too.”