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Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s largest opposition group, said the prospect of the country establishing full relations with Saudi Arabia was ‘welcome’ © Bloomberg

Israel’s opposition leader has hit out at the idea of allowing Saudi Arabia to enrich uranium in the kingdom, warning such a development would pose a threat to the Jewish state’s security.

Saudi Arabia has been seeking US help to develop a civilian nuclear programme as part of US-brokered talks on normalising relations between Riyadh and Israel in a complex deal with the potential to reshape the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s largest opposition group, Yesh Atid, on Thursday said the prospect of the country establishing full relations with Saudi Arabia, a leader of the Arab world, was a “welcome thing”. But he also said a deal should not come at the cost of triggering “a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East”.

Read more about Israel-Saudi relations here.

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