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Saudia Arabia looks the other way

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

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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.

The four main targets for any raid on Iran would be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets include the lightwater reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete.

The targets lie as far as 1,400 miles (2,250km) from Israel; the outer limits of their bombers' range, even with aerial refuelling. An open corridor across northern Saudi Arabia would significantly shorten the distance. An airstrike would involve multiple waves of bombers, possibly crossing Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Aircraft attacking Bushehr, on the Gulf coast, could swing beneath Kuwait to strike from the southwest.

Passing over Iraq would require at least tacit agreement to the raid from Washington. So far, the Obama Administration has refused to give its approval as it pursues a diplomatic solution to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions. Military analysts say Israel has held back only because of this failure to secure consensus from America and Arab states. Military analysts doubt that an airstrike alone would be sufficient to knock out the key nuclear facilities, which are heavily fortified and deep underground or within mountains. However, if the latest sanctions prove ineffective the pressure from the Israelis on Washington to approve military action will intensify. Iran vowed to continue enriching uranium after the UN Security Council imposed its toughest sanctions yet in an effort to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme, which Tehran claims is intended for civil energy purposes only. President Ahmadinejad has described the UN resolution as "a used handkerchief, which should be thrown in the dustbin".

Israeli officials refused to comment yesterday on details for a raid on Iran, which the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has refused to rule out. Questioned on the option of a Saudi flight path for Israeli bombers, Aharaon Zeevi Farkash, who headed military intelligence until 2006 and has been involved in war games simulating a strike on Iran, said: "I know that Saudi Arabia is even more afraid than Israel of an Iranian nuclear capacity."

In 2007 Israel was reported to have used Turkish air space to attack a suspected nuclear reactor being built by Iran's main regional ally, Syria. Although Turkey publicly protested against the "violation" of its air space, it is thought to have turned a blind eye in what many saw as a dry run for a strike on Iran's far more substantial - and better-defended - nuclear sites.

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.

I wonder if this even factual??  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7148555.ece

by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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muslimah
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM

This is no surprise. As I said in the post on this that was posted yesterday..... Saudi (like Egypt but with more money) is double faced and only out for their own interest and thinks nothing of playing both sides of the fence.

While Saudi is an American ally, they are no friend to America. They are in the partnership for their own political gain and agenda.

At the same time Saudi is an American ally they are also anti-israel and anti-Zionist and will CAREFULLY condemn israel stopping just short of interrupting Saudi/U.S. relationships

In my opinion Saudi has given the green light for israel to attack Iran in hopes that it will lead to a counter attack taking israel out or doing great destruction to israel.

So you see how this works out 2 ways for Saudi? They look like the good U.S. ally in supporting an attack on a U.S. and israeli enemy while also supporting an act that could result in the destruction of israel when counter attacked by Iran.

In the mean time Saudi sits back and watches it all unfold while getting what it wants and politically needs from both ends.

home-sweet-home
by Silver Member on Jun. 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM


Quoting muslimah:

This is no surprise. As I said in the post on this that was posted yesterday..... Saudi (like Egypt but with more money) is double faced and only out for their own interest and thinks nothing of playing both sides of the fence.

While Saudi is an American ally, they are no friend to America. They are in the partnership for their own political gain and agenda.

At the same time Saudi is an American ally they are also anti-israel and anti-Zionist and will CAREFULLY condemn israel stopping just short of interrupting Saudi/U.S. relationships

In my opinion Saudi has given the green light for israel to attack Iran in hopes that it will lead to a counter attack taking israel out or doing great destruction to israel.

So you see how this works out 2 ways for Saudi? They look like the good U.S. ally in supporting an attack on a U.S. and israeli enemy while also supporting an act that could result in the destruction of israel when counter attacked by Iran.

In the mean time Saudi sits back and watches it all unfold while getting what it wants and politically needs from both ends.

Though we disagree with a lot going on over there, I completely agree with you on this. Or I could see them condemning the attacks when/if they occur.

I wonder if Saudi will in turn open their air space for Iran.

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muslimah
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM


Quoting home-sweet-home:

 

Quoting muslimah:

This is no surprise. As I said in the post on this that was posted yesterday..... Saudi (like Egypt but with more money) is double faced and only out for their own interest and thinks nothing of playing both sides of the fence.

While Saudi is an American ally, they are no friend to America. They are in the partnership for their own political gain and agenda.

At the same time Saudi is an American ally they are also anti-israel and anti-Zionist and will CAREFULLYcondemn israel stopping just short of interrupting Saudi/U.S. relationships

In my opinion Saudi has given the green light for israel to attack Iran in hopes that it will lead to a counter attack taking israel out or doing great destruction to israel.

So you see how this works out 2 ways for Saudi? They look like the good U.S. ally in supporting an attack on a U.S. and israeli enemy while also supporting an act that could result in the destruction of israel when counter attacked by Iran.

In the mean time Saudi sits back and watches it all unfold while getting what it wants and politically needs from both ends.

Though we disagree with a lot going on over there, I completely agree with you on this. Or I could see them condemning the attacks when/if they occur.

I wonder if Saudi will in turn open their air space for Iran.

I really don't think they would open their air space Iran in fear of how it would definitely strain the already very fake relationship they have with the U.S. (as fake as that relationship is they need it). But I do however believe they will be in the back ground (hiding like cowards) routing for Iran all the way and hoping it leads to major if not complete destruction of israel.

The saudi kingdom are cowards, about the only thing they have going in their favor is money and I don't think they would be so bold as to cut their own throat.

I will say this though, I seriously believe that the super power status that the U.S. holds will not last forever maybe even not through out my life time and when the tide does turn the U.S. will not be able to count on "allys" such as Saudi, Egypt, Jordan, and even israel. All mentioned are not true friends of the U.S. and only have their best interest and selfish motives at heart.

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