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Former Mossad chief describes Saudi Arabia as ‘lagging behind’ in development

Former Mossad Chief Gad Shimron [i24NEWS/YouTube]

Former Mossad Chief Gad Shimron has said that Israel is a developed country, while Saudi Arabia is a country “lagging behind” in terms of development, Shehab news agency reported on Monday.

“Foreigners control the Saudi economy,” Shimron told a TV audience. “Saudi damaged many of the files it was involved in: the Syrian file as it supported the opposition; the Yemeni file; and the economic domination of the Lebanese file. The Kingdom is a big story of failure.”

The ex-spymaster pointed out that today “nobody” speaks about the Palestinian cause in Saudi Arabia. “Today, there is a common Satan. It makes a common interest between Israel and Saudi. When the enemy is common, we put our hands together and work together.”

He added: “For the first time, the borders with the Islamic countries are clear against Iran and the Shia. When Israel stands with the Sunni countries, it is ready to form an alliance with them based on the proverb saying: ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.”

However, he noted that the current alliance between Israel and the Arab states is limited to words alone.

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