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Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief

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Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter “bad guy” Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official ties with Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

“We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb,” Ya’alon told fellow defense ministers on Sunday, the final day of the Munich Security Conference.

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Ya’alon did not name specific countries who might be interested in developing nuclear weapons and gave no evidence to back up his claims.

However, he then made a surprise statement that the Gulf states – officially hostile to Tel Aviv because of its occupation of the West Bank – had held clandestine meetings with Israel.

“Not only Jordan and Egypt,”he said, referring to the only Arab countries who signed peace treaties with Israel after three Arab-Israeli wars

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