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Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies To Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites
The Times ^ | June 12, 2010

Posted on 06/11/2010 6:01:40 PM PDT by Strategy

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; arabia; bho44; iaf; iran; iraniannukes; islam; israel; military; obama; palin; sarahpalin; saudi; saudiarabia
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1 posted on 06/11/2010 6:01:41 PM PDT by Strategy
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To: Strategy

This outta go over real well.


2 posted on 06/11/2010 6:03:41 PM PDT by library user
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To: Strategy

I don’t believe it.


3 posted on 06/11/2010 6:04:02 PM PDT by rintense (God bless Israel!)
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To: Strategy

Didn’t the Saudis do the same thing when the Israelis took out the Iraqi reactor at Osirak?


4 posted on 06/11/2010 6:04:38 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Strategy

Thank God.


5 posted on 06/11/2010 6:04:48 PM PDT by demkicker (Helping Democrats Become Extinct)
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To: Strategy

That is big news.


6 posted on 06/11/2010 6:04:54 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Strategy

hmmmm...can you trust them? The US State Dept I mean...


7 posted on 06/11/2010 6:05:13 PM PDT by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior firepower is the cure)
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To: Strategy

Taquiya.


8 posted on 06/11/2010 6:05:15 PM PDT by stboz
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To: rintense
I don’t believe it.

Like minds.

10 posted on 06/11/2010 6:07:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Strategy

Just a question: WHY is this on the ‘net???


11 posted on 06/11/2010 6:07:17 PM PDT by elpinta (Jer. 10:23)
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To: library user

Like a condom in a collection plate well.


12 posted on 06/11/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Strategy

What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?


13 posted on 06/11/2010 6:09:31 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: Strategy

Will Obama do the same by giving the Israelis overflight passage over Iraq?


14 posted on 06/11/2010 6:09:46 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: ETL

?


15 posted on 06/11/2010 6:09:53 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: Ronin; cardinal4

Negative. The Royal Saudi Air Force was clueless. And just to rub their noses in it, the Israeli aircraft jettisoned their empty gas tanks over Saudi airspace on their way back to Israel.


16 posted on 06/11/2010 6:10:04 PM PDT by Ax
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To: EGPWS

Where is that pic of Admiral Ackbar saying, “It’s a trap!”?


17 posted on 06/11/2010 6:10:44 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: Strategy

YO, Times ... why not tell us the DATE and TIME of the Attack, too?????


18 posted on 06/11/2010 6:10:51 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (The one thing we learn from history is .. People REFUSE to Learn from History!!)
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To: Strategy

A whole new level for “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.


19 posted on 06/11/2010 6:11:18 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Magnum44

haha good one


20 posted on 06/11/2010 6:12:38 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Peanut Gallery

They don’t want Iranian hegemony over the Middle East.


21 posted on 06/11/2010 6:13:15 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Strategy
This is NOT credible, I do not believe it. The only credible source to trust for this kind of information is the New York Times.

Seriously though, this could be a leak by the -22bama regime to thwart a real Israeli plan.

22 posted on 06/11/2010 6:13:35 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: rintense

Saudis are more afraid of Iran then even Israel.


23 posted on 06/11/2010 6:13:37 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: Strategy

Uhh. What about coming home?


24 posted on 06/11/2010 6:14:11 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: Peanut Gallery

‘What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?’

Dominance of the Persian Gulf. This story sounds strange, but the Times is a good source.


25 posted on 06/11/2010 6:16:33 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of.-- Idylls of the King)
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To: Strategy

The Saudi’s view Iran as a threat but don’t have the Military to do anything about it. As usual, it will be up to the Israeli’s to save the world.


26 posted on 06/11/2010 6:17:08 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: doc1019

Yeah, I’ve heard that too- and don’t believe it. They continue to support radical Islam just like Iran. They’re two peas in the same pod.


27 posted on 06/11/2010 6:19:01 PM PDT by rintense (God bless Israel!)
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To: Strategy
If true, we (the US) are in on it since we control the airspace and would immediately detect and intercept any unauthorized aircraft.
28 posted on 06/11/2010 6:19:08 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Strategy

I have a friend who’s leaving for Israel in a week for a 4 week stay... I told her she’s crazy but she’s going anyway.


29 posted on 06/11/2010 6:19:51 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Strategy
Israel would do the world an enormous favor if it could eliminate Iran's nuclear capability, but I don't really buy this story. From what I've been reading, Israel would require more than one mission to seriously cripple or destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, many of which are underground in fortified strongholds or in mobile labs. This wouldn't be as easy as taking out the Iraqi facility.

Are the Saudis going to keep their airspace available to the Israelis for the several days of missions it would probably take? How about for the war that follows? Isn't there a real danger that the Saudi royals would be toppled by the Wahabi fanatics who their rule depends on?
30 posted on 06/11/2010 6:20:11 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Ronin

Yep, they did. Saudi and most of the ME oil nations know that Iran/Syria want control of the oil nations....so for a long while these nations have “secretly” supported whatever measures are taken to keep Iran from going nuclear....even though they may be supportive of Iran in the news.


31 posted on 06/11/2010 6:20:50 PM PDT by caww
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To: F15Eagle

That is true and they also used a 737/747 transponder.


32 posted on 06/11/2010 6:21:30 PM PDT by RolandTignor
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To: Strategy

Looks like we’re just waiting for the Bilderberg to give the “go” code now.


33 posted on 06/11/2010 6:21:35 PM PDT by ILS21R (A 200 year supply of oil... in Alaska....right now)
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To: rintense

The Saudi’s are afraid of Iran... I bet foggybottoms memo’n everything that happening to Achmedimanutjob.


34 posted on 06/11/2010 6:22:23 PM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: Strategy

IMO, leave it to the press to broadcast something like this. Why? This kind of stuff should never be trusted to the press prior to any event, as we all know that they will tell the target. It should have been held until after the raid.


35 posted on 06/11/2010 6:22:57 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: Peanut Gallery

“What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?”

One less “twelver” and a few less nukes in the region.


36 posted on 06/11/2010 6:23:53 PM PDT by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: rintense

They may believe the same thing, at least religiously, but the Saudis don’t won’t a nuclear power next-door, especially run by fanatics. Saudi Arabia is a strong and staunch supporter of Islam. But it is like the old joke about certain aspects of Christianity, I believe in the afterlife, I’m just not ready to go today ... or something like that.


37 posted on 06/11/2010 6:25:47 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: Strategy

This is really nothing new.....


38 posted on 06/11/2010 6:26:29 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: rintense

Saudi Arabia firmly believes that a nutcase with nukes is a threat to them and they can’t attack Iran themselves without angering the other Muslim countries. Besides, I believe that this is just another move to try to get the Iranians to stop enriching uranium without violence.


39 posted on 06/11/2010 6:27:03 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: doc1019

Still don’t trust them. And when Iran is eliminated, they’re in the power seat, both economically AND religiously.


40 posted on 06/11/2010 6:27:04 PM PDT by rintense (God bless Israel!)
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To: Peanut Gallery

If Iran goes nuclear, Saudi Arabia becomes Iran’s bit**.

That’s the last thing Saudi Arabia needs or wants.

Pure self interest. Nothing more, nothing less.


41 posted on 06/11/2010 6:27:56 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Greed and envy is used by our political class to exploit the rich and poor.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

//Israel would require more than one mission to seriously cripple or destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, many of which are underground in fortified strongholds or in mobile labs. This wouldn’t be as easy as taking out the Iraqi facility.//

Thanks, because I have been saying that all along and no one would listen. Also F-16’s and F-15’s do not have the lift capability for the size of bunker buster they would need to penetrate these facilities IMO. The B-52 and the B-1 could do it but they’ll need stealth and means the B-2. Of course they dont have anything like that.


42 posted on 06/11/2010 6:28:44 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Shaun_MD
Where is that pic of Admiral Ackbar saying, “It’s a trap!”?

Photobucket

43 posted on 06/11/2010 6:28:45 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: F15Eagle

Is that even possible with modern high band radar?


44 posted on 06/11/2010 6:30:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: gwilhelm56

This data was undoubtedly released to tell the Iranians that it is getting serious and to stop enriching uranium or things are going to get a whole lot rougher for them.


45 posted on 06/11/2010 6:32:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

they can’t attack Iran themselves without angering the other Muslim countries.


How will the house of Saud explain the use of airspace if Israel DOES do it?

Israel ought to just do it today, except like USMR said, can they get back safely?


46 posted on 06/11/2010 6:33:28 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: rintense

Won’t disagree with you on this point. I wouldn’t trust a raghead with anything. Their own religion allows them to lie as long as it in advancement of their perverted religion.


47 posted on 06/11/2010 6:34:50 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: EGPWS

I wouldn’t trust the Saudis as far as I could throw them. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Israelis had to fight them on the return trip.


48 posted on 06/11/2010 6:35:25 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: rintense

Typical UK newspaper lack of attribution via the “it has been revealed...” line.


49 posted on 06/11/2010 6:38:04 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Magnum44
hmmmm...can you trust them? The US State Dept I mean...

LOL!
50 posted on 06/11/2010 6:39:05 PM PDT by Since 2009-07-21
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