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Netanyahu Says Iran Threat Leading To Arab Israeli Alliances

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures towards a world map as he attends a question and answer event on Israel's foreign policy at Chatham House in London, Britain, November 3, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on Friday at Chatham House in London expressed surprise at how concern over Iran’s actions has brought Arab and Israeli positions closer together, making an alliance possible.

"Iran is devouring one nation after the other," Netanyahu said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London.

"The good news is that the other guys are getting together with Israel as never before. It is something that I would have never expected in my lifetime."

Netanyahu reiterated that his warnings about Iran are shared by many countries, including Arab states, which repeat the same concerns behind closed doors, but are happy to see Israel saying it loud.

He said Israel was working "very hard" to establish an effective alliance with "the modern Sunni states" to condemn and counter Iranian aggression. This can help the cause of peace Netanyahu insisted.

He said the Middle East was witnessing "the emergence of a battle between the Islamists and the modernists", precipitating a "new alliance between Israel and Islamic states".

Using a map during his remarks, Netanyahu told the audience that Iran is working to create a corridor all the way to the Mediterranean and was supporting the Houthis in Yemen to establish control over Bab el-Mandab waterway.

Netanyahu also repeated his tough position on the Iran nuclear deal, saying that it does not go far enough to eliminate the danger of a nuclear Iran. He demanded tougher sanctions and stricter inspections.

With Reporting by AP and Reuters