Monday, July 6, 2009
Tel Aviv has denied reports that suggest Israeli bombers have been allowed to use Saudi airspace for an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.
The denial came after unnamed Israeli diplomatic sources told The Sunday Times that Saudi officials have secretly agreed to allow Israeli fighter jets to fly over the kingdom to strike Iran’s nuclear sites.
“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” the The Sunday Times quoted an Israeli diplomatic source as saying.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to deny the report on Monday, claiming it to be “completely false and baseless.”
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While Saudi officials deny having diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, an Israeli defense source recently confirmed that the Mossad spy agency maintained “working relations” with the kingdom.
On Thursday, John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, said it was “entirely logical” for the Israelis to use Saudi airspace to attack Iran.
Bolton said he had discussed the possibility with Saudi officials in closed-door meetings. “None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn’t trumpet it as a big success.”
This article was posted: Monday, July 6, 2009 at 4:34 am