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Report: IAF planes spotted over Saudi Arabia
Jerusalem Post ^

Posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:35 AM PDT by jhpigott

By JPOST.COM STAFF 06/23/2010 15:57

Israel Air Force aircraft have been spotted in recent days at a Saudi Arabian military base unloading military equipment in the city of Tabuk, in northwestern Saudi Arabia, according to a report from Iranian news agency FARS.

The base will reportedly be used as a forward operating base by the Israelis as part of an offensive on an Islamic country.


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Coming from an Iranian news source I doubt this story is true. What I find curious is why the Israeli MSM is reporting this
1 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:38 AM PDT by jhpigott
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2 posted on 06/23/2010 6:52:35 AM PDT by jhpigott
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend....but afterwards....


3 posted on 06/23/2010 6:53:53 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: jhpigott

So the Iranians are trying to pick a fight with the Saudis. Why?


4 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:26 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: jhpigott

They sure have the jitters in Mullahland.


5 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:46 AM PDT by Dog (Only reads headlines since 2000)
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To: jhpigott

Good riddance to the Isalamic Republic of Iran


6 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:53 AM PDT by XHogPilot (A thief might rob you, but politicians can rob your family for countless generations.)
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To: jhpigott

I can maybe see the Saudis looking the other way while the Israelis use their airspace if they think they have plausible deniability. That they would do something overt like this is Debka-style fantasy.


7 posted on 06/23/2010 6:55:09 AM PDT by balch3
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To: jhpigott
If true this ought to REALLY piss off the moosies.....I hope it's true.
8 posted on 06/23/2010 6:55:34 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: jhpigott

Huge airbase there but it is too close to a populated area and not very close to Iran. I doubt this base will be used to stage the attack. They need something far more isolated and located much closer to Iran.


9 posted on 06/23/2010 6:56:02 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: La Lydia
So the Iranians are trying to pick a fight with the Saudis. Why?

Sunnis & Shi'ites have ALWAYS been fighting one another for control/dominance over the Middle East and for the unholy sites of islam.

10 posted on 06/23/2010 6:56:08 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (If I don't like you, it's most likely your culture or your ideology that pissed me off.)
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To: Dallas59

The Saudi’s are terrified of a nuclear Iran, nuclear Israel has never bothered them. This has been sometime coming, obamas election assured that the Israelis have to do it themselves and even the Saudi’s know this. It will be an interesting strike, Isreal bombing and Saudi fighters up providing air defense.


11 posted on 06/23/2010 6:57:26 AM PDT by east1234 (Cut, Kill, Dig and Drill!)
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In times of war the truth is so valuable that he must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.

I find it interesting that the Iranians would report it. It makes the regime appear more isolated in the Muslim world. The rulers of Araby are more interested in maintaining their cushy lives than annihilating Israel. Judenhass is boob bait for the masses, a distraction to ward off modernizing influences. They fear the Persians with good reason, mostly because their revolutionary fervor is roiling the waters the Islamic racket is floating on.

12 posted on 06/23/2010 6:57:44 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: jhpigott

‘why the Israeli MSM is reporting this’

Perhaps it’s disinformation.

Maybe similar to Allied news ‘leaks’ about Patton leading an invasion into Dunkirk while the main invasion was going to Normandy.

JMO...


13 posted on 06/23/2010 6:59:13 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: jhpigott
Sounds like pre-attack disinfo campaign on both sides.
14 posted on 06/23/2010 7:00:42 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: east1234

I am really surprised that Iran hasn’t yet taken advantage of the chaos in the “O” administration to pull some kind of stunt in the ME.


15 posted on 06/23/2010 7:01:52 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: La Lydia

?So the Iranians are trying to pick a fight with the Saudis. Why?

To run up the price of oil?


16 posted on 06/23/2010 7:02:29 AM PDT by updatedscreenname
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To: XHogPilot

I was trying to think of JUST the right post...then I saw yours...PERFECT!!!


17 posted on 06/23/2010 7:02:45 AM PDT by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: jhpigott
Not much meat in this article and no sources.

But...

It is an interesting idea. I can't imagine the Saudi’s going along with this even if they want Iran put down, because there is no way they could hide their assistance after the fact.

18 posted on 06/23/2010 7:03:09 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Obama is to freedom as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: jhpigott
The Saudis don't want this kind of thing published...particularly if it's true.
19 posted on 06/23/2010 7:04:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Azerbaijan?

“Iran On War Alert Over “US And Israeli Concentrations” In Azerbaijan”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2540008/posts


20 posted on 06/23/2010 7:04:21 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot
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To: Dallas59

Obama’s poll numbers tanking, time for a little Clintonesque ‘wag the dog’ to distract from his utter failure.

Barry has been refusing the Israelis for over a year, but now will relent in order to get the heat off himself. NOtice the 11 warships passing through the Suez earlier in the week. Mideast war by August, imho.


21 posted on 06/23/2010 7:05:57 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: jhpigott
The base will reportedly be used as a forward operating base by the Israelis as part of an offensive on an Islamic country.

An FOB in Tabuk doesn't make sense as it would not be forward to Iran, or Syria, or Turkey. Only to Yemen or Oman, and only marginally (it's a short drive from Tabuk to the Jordanian border and Aqaaba, and Eilat from there).

22 posted on 06/23/2010 7:06:30 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Iran will not know when its coming and from what direction. All these reports could be intended to get Iran to look in the wrong direction.


23 posted on 06/23/2010 7:07:59 AM PDT by Dog (Only reads headlines since 2000)
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To: La Lydia

The Shia Iranians and Sunni Saudis hate each other.


24 posted on 06/23/2010 7:08:07 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Gay State Conservative
The Saudis don't want this kind of thing published...particularly if it's true.

This could be a telegraph from Iran to Saudi, saying 'don't even think about it.'

25 posted on 06/23/2010 7:08:22 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Obama is to freedom as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: Never on my watch

story picking up some steam in Israel. INN now reporting it as well. More details, apparently the IDF forces landed in SA 10 days ago.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138231

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border

(Israelnationalnews.com) The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.

Both reports follow by less than a week the Pentagon’s confirmation that an unusually large American fleet sailed through the Suez Canal Saturday. Several reports stated that an Israeli ship joined the armada.

The Pentagon played down the news, saying the American maneuvers were routine. However, a report by Iran on Wednesday that it has enriched dozens of pounds of 17 per cent enriched uranium serves as a reminder that time is running out to stop Iran from being able to produce a nuclear weapon.

Iran’s Fars News Agency said the Israeli military aircraft landed 10 days ago at the Saudi base near the city of Tabuk, located in northwest Saudi Arabia, one of the closest areas in the oil kingdom to Iran.

Fars said that the Tabuk base will be the central station for an Israeli attack on Iran. It quoted an Islamic news site that a commercial airline passenger said the airport in Tabuk was closed to all other traffic during the alleged Israeli landings. The passenger said that “no reasonable explanation” was given for shutting down the airport and those passengers were compensated financially and booked in four-star hotels.

“The relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel have become the talk of the town,” the passenger added. The chief authority in Tabuk, Prince Fahd ben Sultan, was reported be coordinating the cooperation with Israel.

Azerbaijan
Iran’s government-funded Press TV reported that the Revolutionary Guards began closely patrolling the Islamic Republic’s northwestern border after noticing the American forces, which Iran claimed also included Israeli troops. Azerbaijan’s independent Trend news site also reported on Wednesday that American armed forces are in the country, which is in an armed conflict with rebels.

Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Mehdi Moini said Tuesday that his forces are mobilized “due to the presence of American and Israeli forces on the western border.” The Guards reportedly have called in tanks and anti-aircraft units to the area in what amounts to a war alert.

Enriched Uranium
As signs point to a higher American-Israeli military profile aimed at Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, the Islamic Republic’s vice president and director of the nuclear program, announced Wednesday that Iran has produced another 37 pounds of uranium enriched to 20 percent. The production of the uranium defies United Nations demands that Iran stop its unsupervised nuclear development, although the 20 percent level is far below level that is needed to build a nuclear weapon.

“Potentially, we can produce 5 kilograms (11 pounds) a month, but we are not in a hurry over this,” Salehi told the semiofficial ISNA news agency.


26 posted on 06/23/2010 7:10:56 AM PDT by jhpigott
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This just in... Kent Brockman reporting--

A source from the secret Israeli base in Saudi Arabia says... the tough as nails Israeli Raid Commander has been identified!

Film... at 11!

27 posted on 06/23/2010 7:13:02 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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Bush’s fault!!!!!!111


28 posted on 06/23/2010 7:16:33 AM PDT by DCrockett53
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To: Palmetto Patriot
That is an interesting possibility.

The guy that got screwed in the Iranian election last year was an Azeri and they were not happy about it.


29 posted on 06/23/2010 7:17:54 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SMARTY
"I'm surprised that Iran hasn't yet taken advantage of the chaos in the "O" administration to pull some kind of stunt in the ME."

At this point in time only, my opinion is that Imanutjob and the Mullahs are mostly all camel and no hat. They're no way prepared for all-out war.

("Imanutjob and the Mullahs"......isn't that the audience warm-up act for the Beck-O'Reilly Traveling Road Show?)

Leni

30 posted on 06/23/2010 7:18:21 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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If they were spotted, they weren't the IAF.

(Unless, of course, they wanted to be spotted)

31 posted on 06/23/2010 7:18:40 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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This story is a complete mess.

I fails to mention that the base is the King Faisal Air Base that is only 120 miles from Israel.

OK, forward staging need to be in forward locations.

This story was generated by FARS and PressTV, both PR wings of Iran. Pure nonsense.

If Israel were allowed to use Tabuk, where the Saudi's keep most of their F-15's, no one would know about it.

This story started with an air traveler at the public airport who saw an Israeli El AL cargo plane unloading freight to be trucked into Saudi Arabia as that is the only port of entry for Israeli airplanes.

32 posted on 06/23/2010 7:23:45 AM PDT by gandalftb (OK State: Go Cowboys)
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I hope it’s true that Israel is doing something, but I have serious doubts about this report. I wish Israel would get on with it though - and finish the job thoroughly - which is probably the attitude of most Americans, most non-Islamic Europeans, and even most Arabs. The down side is that once Israel saves our bacon (why do I suspect that the Arabs don’t use that phrase?), everyone is going to complain about Israel, protest the actions they are secretly celebrating, and generally try to make Israel pay politically for doing what Obama is too big a sissy to do and every other country is too weak to risk.


33 posted on 06/23/2010 7:24:34 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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I am sure zer0bama will back Iran and Ahminthemoodforjihad.

we might even shoot down Israeli jets if they fly over Iraq to attack Iran.

way to go America for voting in Hope and Change.


34 posted on 06/23/2010 7:27:45 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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This could be a telegraph from Iran to Saudi, saying 'don't even think about it.'

That's certainly possible.Who knows what individual/entity leaked this.Was it friends/enemies of Israel...friends/enemies of Iran?

35 posted on 06/23/2010 7:30:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: updatedscreenname

with putin’s blessing


36 posted on 06/23/2010 7:32:45 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Angels and Ministers of Grace, Defend Us ....)
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To: gandalftb

I’m with you . . . this story is non-sense. I’m more interesting in why the Israeli press is running this Iranian drivel.

Jpost and INN aren’t known for re-printing Iranian propoganda from FARS or PressTV


37 posted on 06/23/2010 7:32:45 AM PDT by jhpigott
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Looks like “over” is not the correct word. “In” is.


38 posted on 06/23/2010 7:34:19 AM PDT by nina0113
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“The Shia Iranians and Sunni Saudis hate each other.”

Yes they do, but keep in mind that they tend to hate Jews and Christians even more than they hate each other. And (at least in religious terms) they hate other ‘infidels’ (Hindus, Buddhists, atheists) even more than they hate Jews and Christians.


39 posted on 06/23/2010 7:34:27 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: east1234
It will be an interesting strike, Isreal bombing and Saudi fighters up providing air defense.

Obama might order our fighters to intercept Israeli fighters to stop them from attacking Iran. Would he order US fighters to shoot down Saudi fighters? Doing so would be a no-win scenario.

But I agree with other posters that this seems Debka-style fantasy.

40 posted on 06/23/2010 7:39:29 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: jhpigott
IMO, the Israelis are The Masters of psychological warfare -- plenty of which includes intentional disinformation. Here's yet another article which keeps *I*R*A*N* first & foremost in the minds of newshounds everywhere, and serves to keep the Iranian mullahs scared & paranoid.

Someday, someone will do an indepth study on the last decade's worth of news stories about Israel's alleged imminent attack on Iran. Somewhere on in a building on a street in Tel Aviv, creative specialists are churning out these stories day after day after day after day.

41 posted on 06/23/2010 7:41:37 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: jhpigott
Ageed, the Israeli's and Iranians are both working overtime to gin up precursors to war.

They are both hungry for allies and looking to see who notices and responds to this hysteria.

Almost as silly as the recent article about Saudi Arabia testing its ability to lower its radar to allow Israelis to fly over. Laughable. The Iranians constantly monitor Saudi radar and would be tipped off immediately to an Israel attack. Any thinking person knows that if the Saudi's were cooperating, they would just give the Identify-Friend code to the Israeli aircraft and Iran would not know the difference between Israeli and Saudi F-15s.

I am mainly disappointed that Iranian and Israeli PR keep coming up with such cheap hustles. I want to at least be challenged for more than 2-3 seconds and at least be entertained with a better pack of lies.

42 posted on 06/23/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT by gandalftb (OK State: Go Cowboys)
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“But I agree with other posters that this seems Debka-style fantasy.”

Which is why this story is so curious. JPost and INN are the Israeli equivalents of the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal. Very reputable news agencies . . . not typically prone to running “Debka-style” stories.


43 posted on 06/23/2010 7:43:10 AM PDT by jhpigott
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Oh oh! I bet that 0b0z0 the boy muzzie king is not happy with Israel using Saudi Arabia as a launching pad against 0b0z0’s Iranian terrorist friends & leader AmANutJob!


44 posted on 06/23/2010 7:44:19 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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>>>> "I'm with you . . . this story is non-sense. I'm more interesting in why the Israeli press is running this Iranian drivel.

"Jpost and INN aren't known for re-printing Iranian propoganda from FARS or PressTV" <<<<

So, maybe it's a slow news day in Tel Aviv???

45 posted on 06/23/2010 7:45:06 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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“I am mainly disappointed that Iranian and Israeli PR keep coming up with such cheap hustles. I want to at least be challenged for more than 2-3 seconds and at least be entertained with a better pack of lies.”

This kind of cheap hustle is usually reseved for Debka. Jpost and INN run there share of inflammatory op-ed stuff targeted against Iran. I don’t often see them print up this kind of junk . . . that’s PressTV, FARS and Debka territory.


46 posted on 06/23/2010 7:46:21 AM PDT by jhpigott
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as part of an offensive on an Islamic country

Is that to rally all muslims against this?

47 posted on 06/23/2010 7:47:18 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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I also have my doubts, but only because of the source. I doubt the Iranian press printed this story without the knowledge and probably under the direct orders of the Mullocracy.

Publicizing collaboration between Israel and Saudi Arabia (even if they made the story up, which I also doubt) serves several purposes. One, it tells the Saudis the Iranians are aware of their involvement in the inevitable Israeli action and that they can expect a reprisal from Iran. Two, it may create unrest among the Saudi population who (they hope) hate both Jews and the Royals more than Shiite Persians. And three, it puts the Saudis in a very bad light among those Arabs (Palestinians, Syrians, Shiite Lebanese and Iraqis) who really do hate Israel more than Iran.

But I do not doubt that the Saudis are concerned enough about what a nuclear Iran would mean to themselves and every other Arab government in the region to (temporarily) line up with the only country that has the means and the will to stop it. The Israeli press is reporting it because they are free to do so and (especially if true) it's one helluva story.

48 posted on 06/23/2010 7:51:56 AM PDT by katana (For what is an Irishman ? But a .......)
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Coming from an Iranian news source I doubt this story is true.

While I'd dearly love to see Iran get their a$$es handed to 'em, I'd sure like for all of us to be able to get out of the crossfire first.

49 posted on 06/23/2010 7:52:41 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: jhpigott

tantalizing for sure...


50 posted on 06/23/2010 7:54:13 AM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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