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Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has discussed with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, strengthening brotherly and strategic relations between the two countries and the overall regional and worldwide issues of common concern.

But Saudi Arabia, which hosts the pan-Islamic bloc's secretariat, sent only a senior foreign ministry official.

Katz mentioned the intense rivalry between the Twelver Shiite Iranian government and that of Saudi Arabia, which has close ties to the Wahabbist sect of Sunni Islam and which mutually claim exclusivity over the inheritance of the Prophet's message and leadership of the Muslim community. "We know very well what Iran is doing and what its intentions are", he pressed, adding that Israel is prepared to bomb Lebanon "back to the stone age" if Iran attempts to build precision rocket platforms there.

Katz said if Hezbollah initiates a war against Israel, "this time all of Lebanon will be a target".

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Lebanon and Saudi Arabia have been in the spotlight recently, following last month's gaffe which saw Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resign, declaring fears over being assassinated over his opposition to Iran and Hezbollah. Hariri later withdrew his resignation, sparking speculation that the entire spectacle was engineered by the Saudis to weaken Iran in Beirut.

Salman's address to the kingdom's Consultative Council came as the world's main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last week's United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

At today's summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the world to recognise east Jerusalem as the "capital of Palestine", while Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Yisrael Katz told Saudi news website Elaph on Wednesday that Israel would be happy to host the influential crown prince amid rumours of rapprochement between the two countries.