Arab countries have long had covert relations with Israel and these relationships are now coming to light as shared concerns over Iran take precedence over real and perceived grievances.

Israeli and US delegations met in Jerusalem on Thursday to discuss a full range of security matters, including shared threats, terror organizations destabilizing the Middle East, opportunities for regional cooperation and other important issues, including Iran.

In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s positive response to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s call for peace talks, moderate Arab states have been reaching out diplomatically to Israel and showing some flexibility regarding the Arab Peace Initiative.

Israel reopened its Cairo embassy four years after it was forced to close when a mob attacked it. Egypt will re-instate its ambassador to Israel next month.