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    Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

    In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.

    “The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

    Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one.

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    Israeli intelligence experts say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are at least as worried as themselves and the West about an Iranian nuclear arsenal.Israel has sent missile-class warships and at least one submarine capable of launching a nuclear warhead through the Suez Canal for deployment in the Red Sea within the past year, as both a warning to Iran and in anticipation of a possible strike. Israeli newspapers reported last year that high-ranking officials, including the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, have met their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the Iranian issue. It was also reported that Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, met Saudi intelligence officials last year to gain assurances that Riyadh would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during the bombing run. Both governments have denied the reports.
    Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites - Times Online

    If true, this is not the first time Saudi Arabia offers its airspace for an attack on Iran:

    Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran - Times Online
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    I wouldn't be surprised if true, anything to save its own skin. That is the Saudis way.


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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if true, anything to save its own skin. That is the Saudis way.
    That's every country's way.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if true, anything to save its own skin. That is the Saudis way.
    I would guess because the Saudis are used to being the top dog in the Middle East and in recent years Iran has tried to challenge them.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Tribalism plays a factor in this. There is no love lost between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    The Saudi's might, but would Obama allow it? Or would he order US Aircraft to intercept them?
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    The Saudi's might, but would Obama allow it? Or would he order US Aircraft to intercept them?
    be interesting to see our fighter pilots all of a sudden have engine trouble.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    Tribalism plays a factor in this. There is no love lost between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.
    thats not tribalism, its schism-ism
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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    I still wonder if this is would to be enough to allow the attack. It is still a quite a distance to the Iranian sites flying around Iraq. The Saudi's motives are quite clear, as Iranian nuclear weapons are probably a bigger threat to them than to Israel.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    I still wonder if this is would to be enough to allow the attack. It is still a quite a distance to the Iranian sites flying around Iraq.
    The distance is a problem that was already solved.
    During operation Cast Lead (AKA, 2009 Gaza war) Israel has sent jets all the way to Sudan to bomb a convoy that was smuggling weapons to Hamas in Gaza.
    The length between Israel and Sudan and Israel and Iran is pretty close.
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