TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Arab countries viewed Israel as an "indispensable ally" against Iran.

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That evaluation has caused "a revolution in relations with the Arab world”, Netanyahu said in an interview with Brazil's Globo TV during a visit to Rio, according to AFP.

Asked if he could ever contemplate sitting down with an Iranian leader to talk peace, Netanyahu replied, "If Iran remains committed to our destruction the answer is no."

The only way, he said, would be "if Iran undergoes a total transformation."

Netanyahu was in Brazil to attend Tuesday's inauguration of the Latin American country's new, pro-Israel president, Jair Bolsonaro.

The remarks came amid reports of warming relations between Tel Aviv and Persian Gulf Arab monarchies, Saudi Arabia in particular.

In April, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said in an interview with the Time magazine that the two regimes had “a common enemy” and that they could immediately normalize their relations once the Palestine issue was resolved.