US bill seeks Israeli security cooperation with Arab states against Iran

The Biden administration could soon facilitate cooperation between Israel and several Arab states on integrating air and missile defenses to counter Iran’s threats in the region, under bipartisan legislation unveiled in the US Congress.

The proposal would see Israel collaborate with states it doesn’t have diplomatic ties with — Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar — as well as Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain.

Members of the Abraham Accords Caucus in the House and Senate introduce the so-called DEFEND Act, defined as “a joint effort by Congress to develop a strategy for Abraham Accords and other countries to combat Iranian aggression threatening peace and security in the Middle East.

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