According to Haaretz, there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war zone where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate.  [vaguely] [clarification needed] Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic relations. However, information has emerged, which indicates comprehensive diplomatic and intelligence cooperation between countries behind the scenes in order to pursue common goals against the Iranian regional enemy and, more recently, Turkey.   At the same time, Saudi Arabia`s relations with the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas are deteriorating.  US President Donald Trump has pushed them to normalize relations after negotiating agreements in recent months between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. The conflicting statements reflected different priorities: Israel and the Trump administration encouraged the idea that a diplomatic opening between Saudi Arabia and Israel is only a matter of time, while the Saudis insisted that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal come first. Malaysia said the agreement was a sovereign right of the UAE, but would continue to support Israel`s withdrawal from the Palestinian territories.  The Philippine Department of State issued a statement in which it welcomed the agreement and hoped it would contribute to peace and security in the Middle East.  India welcomed the agreement, saying that the two nations were its allies and had always supported peace and prosperity in West Asia. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said earlier that UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan had called him to discuss the deal.
 Meanwhile, Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri said their strategy toward the UAE would change and that the UAE would be held accountable in the event of an attack on Iran through the Persian Gulf.  Foreign Minister Zarif said on August 24 that the UAE could not buy security from Israel that was unsafe. He added that cooperation between Persian Gulf countries is the only way to guarantee security.  On August 26, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei warned the UAE that it was held accountable for any threat Israel poses to their country and that it should keep in mind Israel`s anti-Iranian activities within it.  Reports of the visit were followed by agreements between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan to establish formal relations with Israel, steps that the Trump administration has pressed to break the boycott of Israel by most Arab states in solidarity with the Palestinians. . . .