US expert: Iran threat has created greater alignment between the interests of Israel and regional powers

For one thing, Sachs emphasized that Israel has a great deal of good will for the Iranian people, dating back to before the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Israel’s policies and attitudes towards Iran, according to Sachs, are directed solely at the Islamic Republic’s leadership. But he said that experts and policymakers in Israel are in almost complete agreement about a few key points, including that Iran wishes to obtain the capacity to be able to develop a nuclear weapon, even if it is not actively pursuing a nuclear weapon thus far.

While Sachs acknowledged that there were some disagreements in the circles of Israeli policy, he argued that there is more uniting them than dividing them when it comes to the Iranian nuclear program. Furthermore, he said that there is more agreement now than ever about the extent to which Iran exerts control over Hezbollah, due in large part to the fact that Hezbollah has been helping Iran to fight in support of the Assad regime in Syria.

Sachs also said that while Israel is still not quick to trust traditional Arab powers such as Saudi Arabia, the escalation of Iranian power in the region has been widely recognized as bringing about greater alignment between the interests of Israel and those traditional powers, all of whom are similarly threatened by the prospect of a nuclear Iran.