Tel Aviv ready to provide support to "moderate" Arab states for Iraq crisis
A top Israeli official said that Tel Aviv is ready to help "moderate" Arab nations that are threatened by developments in Iraq, according to Agence France Presse Thursday.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Paris that Tel Aviv "could provide effective and reliable assistance to moderate Arab states who are dealing with extremists."
AFP also reported that Lieberman also said in his commentary to Kerry that "the extremists currently operating in Iraq will try to challenge the stability in the entire Gulf region, first of all in Kuwait."
However, the Jewish leader did not provide other details as to how Tel Aviv intends to provide assistance to so-called "moderate" Arab states.
Lieberman's statement comes in response to the rapidly developing Sunni militant insurgency that is sweeping Iraq. Led by the jihadist militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), militants have gained control in major areas in at least five of Iraq's provinces within just three weeks. More than 1,100 people have also died in the offensive.
The situation in Iraq has plunged the region into a political power play, with Damascus conducting air strikes on the Iraq-Syria border, and Iran sending surveillance drones to the country. Baghdad's top leader Nuri Al Maliki's rule has also been put into question.
Lieberman said thats Israel's interests are now "[converging with moderate Arab nations] with both sides dealing with the threat of Iran, world jihad and al-Qaeda, as well as the spill-over of conflicts in Syria and in Iraq to neighboring countries."
"Today, there is a basis for the creation of a new diplomatic-political structure in the Middle East," he added.
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