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Saudi Arabia says it will intercept Israeli planes en route to Iran
timesofisrael.com ^

Posted on 08/08/2012 10:50:44 PM PDT by tsowellfan

Saudi Arabia will not permit Israeli aircraft to cross its territory on the way to strike Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday. The message was passed to Jerusalem via Obama administration officials during recent talks in Israel.

Senior Israeli officials reportedly see the move as a warning message from the US not to launch a unilateral strike, according to the paper .

Saudi Arabia is supplied with US military equipment and aircraft, and some estimate that if an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities were carried out in cooperation with the US, Saudi Arabia would permit an overflight.

But if Israel acts alone, Riyadh told the US it would intercept any Israeli plane that tried to cross its territory on the way to Iran.

If Israel were to strike Iran, the logistical obstacles are formidable, as the New York Times reported in February. It is estimated that Israel would have to use at least 100 planes to strike Iran’s four main nuclear sites, and travel over 1,000 miles over hostile territory to reach them.

Netanyahu reportedly prefers the US to lead, or at least help in a possible strike on Iran

The closing of Saudi Arabian airspace removes from Israel’s options one potential route to get to Iran, but others exist: north over Turkey, or straight east through Jordan and Iraq. However it is unclear whether those countries would allow Israel to use its airspace as well.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in Israel last week, said that “all options” were on the table for dealing with a potential Iranian nuclear weapon, including the military option.

“If they continue and if they proceed with a nuclear weapon,” he said, “we have options that we are prepared to implement to ensure that that does not happen.”

The US, though, has expended much effort trying to hold Israel back from a unilateral strike, saying there is still time for diplomacy and sanctions to thwart Tehran’s nuclear plans.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bombbombbombbombiran; iran; iraniannukes; israel; saudiarabia; waronterror
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1 posted on 08/08/2012 10:50:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: tsowellfan

By Allah, we tried to launch our aircraft against the hated Jews, but they must have whistled up a powerful djinn to ground our fighter planes, as none were able to take off. So sorry, your excellency!


2 posted on 08/08/2012 11:04:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: tsowellfan

That doesn’t make sense. The Saudis are all for Israel denuking Iran.


3 posted on 08/08/2012 11:15:40 PM PDT by libh8er
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Who is responsible for that inaccurate leak in the defense/intel establishment. Who lied and why? Who gained by flatly stating that Iran had stepped down from its nuke development when in fact (as the Israelis always claimed) they had not. The Saudis have to make this official, that they will shoot down Israeli planes because in reality, they will let them pass...lying sacks of____.
4 posted on 08/08/2012 11:17:20 PM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: libh8er

Exactly. The Arab Saudis despise the Persian Iranians. Sunni versus Shi’ite.


5 posted on 08/08/2012 11:18:41 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack; 2ndDivisionVet; libh8er; Netz
Saudi Arabia purchased 84 F-15SA fighter aircraft from the United States in December 2011.

SOURCE

6 posted on 08/08/2012 11:31:00 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: tsowellfan

“Netanyahu reportedly prefers the US to lead, or at least help in a possible strike on Iran”

Bibi can’t be stupid enough to believe the muslim-in-chief would do that, can he?


7 posted on 08/08/2012 11:43:39 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: moonshot925

Which will be on an exercise in Texas when Israel attacks Iran. Oops!


8 posted on 08/08/2012 11:43:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: piytar

I think he means President Romney.


9 posted on 08/08/2012 11:45:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: libh8er
Obama and his muslim brotherhood buddies simply told The Saudis “Nice little kingdom you got there it would be a shame if something happened to it.”
10 posted on 08/08/2012 11:46:15 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: moonshot925

Upgrades to older models will start in mid- to late 2014, and delivery of the new aircraft will begin in early 2015, according to the State Department.


12 posted on 08/09/2012 12:23:02 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: libh8er

It’s noisy blather for public consumption to create cover for SA. No Israeli flights will be stopped and SA will, too late, raise a meaningless ruckus.


13 posted on 08/09/2012 1:29:44 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: tsowellfan

Snoopy versus the Red Baron


14 posted on 08/09/2012 1:30:13 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not voting for Mitt? Obama love you long time.")
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To: libh8er
The Saudis are all for Israel denuking Iran.

It all depends on who is playing who and what time of day it is. They probably would prefer Israel and Iran to annihilate themselves. And also for the west and east to annihilate ourselves. And with the current leaders the west and east have, it's just a matter of time.

15 posted on 08/09/2012 1:40:16 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: tsowellfan

Here’s an idea for Israel....wipe Saudi Arabia out on your WAY to Iran.


16 posted on 08/09/2012 2:05:45 AM PDT by Terry Mross (To my kin & former friends: Don't contact me if you still love obama- We got nothing to talk about)
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To: moonshot925
Saudi Arabia purchased 84 F-15SA fighter aircraft from the United States in December 2011.

And what a shame it will be when the IAF destroys them all. We'll just have to sell them 84 more!

17 posted on 08/09/2012 3:31:17 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: tsowellfan
Iran, feel free to bomb Mecca and Medina. TY in advance.
18 posted on 08/09/2012 3:36:36 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: tsowellfan

Aw, jeez. I guess the Israelis will have to use the nuclear cruise missiles stored on their submarines, instead.


19 posted on 08/09/2012 3:47:05 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: tsowellfan

They and who’s Air Force?

Oh, wait! Ours.


20 posted on 08/09/2012 3:50:08 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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