Saudi Arabia on Sunday asked fellow Arab nations to take a "serious and honest" stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on with its "aggression" and "meddling" in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced they had severed ties with Qatar, sealing off the emirate's only land border in the wide-ranging boycott. The interview was his first with an Arabic media outlet. According to Israel's army, it was the first interview of its kind since 2005.
As several of the speakers in Cairo noted, Lebanon has become a key flashpoint between Saudi and Iranian interests, particularly since the surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh earlier this month, which many believed was a direct result of Saudi pressure.
While Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations, they have been edging closer recently, including a visit past year by a retired Saudi general heading a delegation seeking to encourage better relations.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made similar allegations this week. "We have no intention of attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon leading to a war", he told the paper.
"We see Iranian attempts at bringing about an escalation, but I don't see a high chance for this at the moment", he said.
Israel and Arab countries are also concerned with Iran's influence in Syria, where Tehran and Hezbollah are backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime in his country's civil war.
He said his country was targeted by a total of 80 ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels since the kingdom in 2015 formed and led a coalition to fight them alongside forces loyal to the internationally recognized government there.
His son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly formed a bond with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
"There's an opportunity to form a new global coalition in the region with President Trump", Eisenkot added.
In the resolution, the Arab ministers said they would hold "the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah. responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries with modern weapons and ballistic missiles".
Formal ties do not seem likely due to Israel's continuing occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of progress in peace efforts, but behind-the-scenes cooperation has opened up in various areas, a number of experts and officials have said. He was later assassinated for making peace with the Jewish state.