Meir Dagan, Mossad’s head since 2002, has told Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Saudi Arabia will not respond to any Israeli jets that fly over as part of any raid on the nuclear sites in Iran. Meir Dagan met with Saudi official in secrecy to discuss this possibility and it appears that the outcome is, Saudi Arabia will allow Israel free rein in that respect.
Thee have already been several reports, unconfirmed, from the press in Israel that high-ranked officials spoke with Saudi colleagues. Some reports named the former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, as being a part of those meetings. All reports have, thus far, been denied by the Saudi officials. According to one diplomatic source, Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow the Israeli air force to fly through their airspace on a mission which is said to be beneficial and in the interests of both Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Neither country has any formal diplomatic relations but it has been confirmed that Mossad, the Israeli Overseas Intelligence Service, does maintain good working relations with Saudi Arabia.
According to the former US United Nations Ambassador, John Bolton, a recent visitor to the Gulf, it makes perfect sense for the Israeli air force to use Saudi airspace. Bolton had conversations with a number of the Arab leaders and said that none of the leaders would publicly speak about the situation but made it clear that, should Israeli planes fly over, they would accept it, provided the Israelis didn’t shout about it. In public, at the UN, the Arab states would condemn any raid on Iran but, in private, if the threat of Iranian bombs was removed, they would be relieved.
In 2007an Israeli attack was carried out on a nuclear facility in Syria and referring to that, Bolton said that, up to this point, no specifics had been admitted to by the Israelis but it was clear that Syria had one less of their nuclear facilities.
In recent times, events have caused some concern throughout Sunni Arab states that Tehran’s repressive Shi’ite regime is becoming increasingly unstable, leading to hears that it could come out as a strong nuclear power. Saudi Arabia are concerned about the possibility of a nuclear bomb from Iran, even more concerned than the Israelis are, according to an unnamed former Israeli intelligence head of research.
The air force in Israel has been in training, practicing for a future attack on the Natanz nuclear site in the center of Iran, along with several other locations. The training has been taking place for four years.
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