Israeli companies have helped the Saudi energy company Aramco in the past after it was hacked by Iranian hackers, said businessman and former MK Erel Margalit, who last week hosted a conference on inter-state initiatives held in Doha, Qatar.
Margalit, the founder of the venture capital fund JVP, former Knesset Member, served as a member of the subcommittee responsible for cyber affairs in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
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During his visit to Doha, he met with ministers and senior officials from Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar and Oman, and told Calcalist that he no longer holds official positions on behalf of the State of Israel.
At the conference hosted by UCLA, participated senior government officials and businessmen from Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli delegation including Dr. Nimrod Novik and businessman Yuval Rabin, who was invited to present regional projects based on joint interests based on Israeli technologies in the areas of water, agriculture, food, energy and cyber.
According to Margalit, despite the relative warming in relations between Israel and the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia, there is no expectation of more overt diplomatic relations. “Better to have more, more collaborations. Sometimes it is more convenient to make breakthroughs on the level of economic cooperation than on the diplomatic level,” Margalit told Calcalist, adding that there is considerable potential for cooperation between the countries and between companies in the fields of agriculture, food and security.
Following US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia in May and statements by the state against Iran and terrorist organizations, Israel’s efforts to make the ties between the two countries appear stronger.
Last week, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot was interviewed by the London-based Saudi newspaper Ilaf and said that Israel was willing to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in the struggle against the threats from Iran.
In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced the end of diplomatic ties and the suspension of trade ties with Qatar, claiming that it maintained ties with terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda and Hamas. The background of this declaration is the close relationship between the Qatari government and Iran.