US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel, US Make Deal For Covert, Semi-Covert Ops Inside Iran – Report

Friday, 02/03/2023

Israeli and American officials have reportedly made a deal to cooperate over the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia in exchange for Israel helping to keep Palestinian territories calm. 

According to a column by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday, senior officials of the Biden administration asked to see if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would agree to keep its conduct within the red lines in Palestinian territories outlined by the US government in exchange for cooperation over Iran and the promotion of normalization with Saudi Arabia.

The report claimed that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William J. Burns have traveled to Israel in the past few days to make the deal. 

As per the purported deal, “the United States offers Israel broad cooperation in covert and semi-covert operations inside Iran -- not war,” and if the Islamic Republic gets closer to building a nuclear bomb, Washington will consider further moves.

In exchange for American cooperation over Iran and Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu will keep the calm in the area, maintain the status quo on al-Aqsa Mosque, strengthen the Palestinian Authority and curb the settlements. 

The terms of the agreement seem vague, and Netanyahu’s office also denied such a deal. However, it added Netanyahu did not agree to any conditions, but he would uphold such policies because they were the promises he made for his election campaign. 

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