In a 22 November 2013 interview with Bloomberg TV, Saudi prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal (5th richest man in the world) stated that "Saudi Arabia, the Arabs and the Sunni Muslims approve of an Israeli attack against Iran to end it’s nuclear program (...) The Sunni would support such an attack because they are hostile to the Shiites and Iran (...) Saudi Arabia, the Arabs and the Sunni Muslims do not voice their support openly, but express it during secret meetings (...) The Arabs estimate that the danger facing them comes from Iran, not Israel» .
What secret meetings are being referred to?
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman let the cat out of the bag. He reported having attended a Gulf Security Council meeting last November in Abu Dhabi, which was addressed by Israeli president, Shimon Peres, via Livestream from his office in Jerusalem.
Mr. Peres depicted the danger that he ascribes to a possible 5+1 and Iran agreement in Geneva. No minister left the room during his intervention, which was heartily applauded.
Several Foreign Ministers from the Muslim world were present, including (at least) :
- Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates)
Anifah Aman (Malaysia)
Khalid ben Ahmed Al Khalifah (Bahrain)
Dipu Moni (Bangladesh)
Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia)
Qaboos bin Said al Said (Oman); Abu-Bakr Abdullah Al-Qirbi (Qatar)
Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah (Koweit)
A son of King Abdallah (Saudi Arabia)
Also present, aside from Thomas Friedman, were:
Terje Rød-Larsen, Under-Secretary-General, serving as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Martin Indyk, U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.