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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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To: Strategy; del4hope

Hummmm let’s see how this works itself out.


51 posted on 06/11/2010 6:40:03 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: elpinta

I agree, what’s that we always say about “loose lips sinking ships?” If this was a topic of conversation at my base it would never be on any public social network of any kind.


52 posted on 06/11/2010 6:42:11 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: valkyry1
"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."

No, of course not.

[wink] [wink] [nudge] [nudge]

53 posted on 06/11/2010 6:42:38 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: rintense

Saudi wants Iran cut down a few notches, but otoh could they resist the opportunity to stab Israel in the back and attack the aircraft on the return leg from Iran???

sure, the IAF would kick some butt except that the pilots might be tired and the Saudis would be happy if they shot down a few IAF planes just for PR cred in the world of Islamo-fascists.....

not saying Israel won’t be “allowed” to do the strikes, just that the IAF should be ready for and expecting anything, including treachery, which is typical for the Islamo-fascist death cult.


54 posted on 06/11/2010 6:43:22 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: Peanut Gallery

What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?

Iran wants control of the Arabian Gulf and the oil supplies Saudi has.


55 posted on 06/11/2010 6:48:08 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Strategy

Or Israel can wait and let the Saudis do it for them. Remember Iran is fighting in Saudi territory with insurgents.


56 posted on 06/11/2010 6:48:49 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Peanut Gallery
What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?

Money, power, security.

57 posted on 06/11/2010 6:50:04 PM PDT by NotSoModerate
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To: Strategy
Watch yer backs sons of Abraham. You know how your step brothers behave.

Don't set your shields down to drink, and never trust your back to someone religiously bound to murder you.

58 posted on 06/11/2010 6:52:01 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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To: Strategy






And here ... We ... Go!







59 posted on 06/11/2010 6:52:42 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: Peanut Gallery
Friends with the only country in the Mid-East that does not want to overthrow the Saudi royalty. No matter what they may say publicly, Saudi Arabia has always been reasonable with Israel.

Jordan and Egypt too. Turkey until recently had a good working relationship with Israel. Israel was/is working on a deal that involves upgrading their M60's (several hundred) and developing their new tank.

The recent problems with Turkey and the Gaza "flotilla" probably surprised many in Israel. But then Turkey has been cozying up to the Russians lately too.
60 posted on 06/11/2010 6:53:05 PM PDT by JSteff ((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Dominance of the Persian Gulf. This story sounds strange, but the Times is a good source.

I agree. They're better than any media outlet we've got here. By far.

61 posted on 06/11/2010 6:53:14 PM PDT by NotSoModerate
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To: Peanut Gallery
“What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?”

The Saudi Arabians don't won't to live near a hostile nuclear-armed Iran anymore than the Israels. IMO it's about the Saudis not being blackmailed at sometime in the future.

62 posted on 06/11/2010 6:54:26 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: doc1019
Agreed
63 posted on 06/11/2010 6:54:30 PM PDT by JSteff ((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))
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To: Peanut Gallery

The Saudi Royals walk a tight rope between pandering to the Islamic extremists, while maintaining their alliances with the Imans, West, etc, in an attmept to maintain their power. The Saudi Royals are not extremists.


64 posted on 06/11/2010 6:56:24 PM PDT by khnyny (Worst US environmental disaster EVER - BP Oil Spill in the Gulf - Obama's Fault!!!)
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To: rintense

O is a Saudi mole and Rahm is well connected to Israel.


65 posted on 06/11/2010 6:57:55 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: C210N
...-22bama...

Oh man, I must have missed the Friday Ras Report. Is Zero really at -22 today?

66 posted on 06/11/2010 6:58:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Strategy

Not that the Saudi AF could shoot down any Israeli plane. The Israelis have one of the best trained air forces on the planet.


67 posted on 06/11/2010 7:00:15 PM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.")
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To: EGPWS; rintense
I don’t believe it.

Like minds.

Nonetheless, highly plausible.

A nuclear Iran, which would dominate the Persian Gulf nations, is not in the Saudis best interests.

There's that. And there's also Shi'ite vs Sunni.

No question, the Saudis would welcome a takedown on Iran. Even if it came from Israel. Whether they actually want it officially known is a separate question.

68 posted on 06/11/2010 7:00:51 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Peanut Gallery
What’s in it for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is threatened by an aggressive, extremist Iran seeking to expand its sphere of influence in the Islamic world.
69 posted on 06/11/2010 7:02:40 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: txhurl
Israel ought to just do it today, except like USMR said, can they get back safely?
Probably several of the Israeli pilots are like the crazy American pilots who bombed Tokyo off an aircraft carrier in WWII. They were crazy too. Little chance to get back, but a chance to be part of military history that few others can claim.
70 posted on 06/11/2010 7:03:08 PM PDT by JSteff ((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))
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To: Windflier
Is Zero really at -22 today?

No, but I just can't resist using his low-water mark.

71 posted on 06/11/2010 7:03:31 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: Enchante
the Saudis would be happy if they shot down a few IAF planes just for PR

It would not surprise some if that was an agreed deal with Israel. Allow some planes to be shot down to cover Saudi Arabia in the muslim world.
72 posted on 06/11/2010 7:07:37 PM PDT by JSteff ((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))
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To: Windflier

Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies To Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

Friday, June 11, 2010 8:01:40 PM · by Strategy · 70 replies · 1,635+ views


73 posted on 06/11/2010 7:08:58 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: JSteff

That’s probably it. Allow 5 or so (of our) B2s there and back, take out a few IDF fighters for show on the return.


74 posted on 06/11/2010 7:15:21 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Ronin

The Saudis, and others, privately thanked Israel for taking out Osirak. I suspect there is more communications going between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as other Arab countries, than what is let on.


75 posted on 06/11/2010 7:17:15 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
This one is not new, and as before, is probably Iranian agitprop.
76 posted on 06/11/2010 7:22:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Peanut Gallery

They maintain regional hegemony.


77 posted on 06/11/2010 7:23:19 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Strategy
Best case would be for Israel to bomb Mecca - the real terror center - on the way to Tehran.

On the way back annihilate Ankara.

78 posted on 06/11/2010 7:24:14 PM PDT by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

all Wahabis , everywhere , on this entire planet , should be rounded up and shot . Any opportunity would do


79 posted on 06/11/2010 7:26:53 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Strategy

I smell a trap.


80 posted on 06/11/2010 7:28:20 PM PDT by Bullish (Been to all 57 States.... Or is it 58?)
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To: elpinta
Just a question: WHY is this on the ‘net???

Consider that it might be misinformation.

81 posted on 06/11/2010 7:35:46 PM PDT by upchuck (The last 4 letters in American: I Can; last 4 in in Republican: I Can; last 4 in in Democrats: RATS)
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To: valkyry1

“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.”

Of course they don’t. But ... ;-)


82 posted on 06/11/2010 7:39:01 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: elpinta

To make Iran nervous?


83 posted on 06/11/2010 7:39:04 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: eclecticEel

Arabs and Persians have been at each other’s throats.


84 posted on 06/11/2010 7:44:26 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Remember The Great Ptarmigan/Rabbit War!)
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To: Strategy; Quix; NYer

Interesting......


85 posted on 06/11/2010 8:00:13 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: doc1019; SJackson; Arthur Wildfire! March
Saudis are more afraid of Iran then even Israel.

That's cause they know what Israel is really like and they know what muslims are really like.

It's very telling when even muslims trust Israel over each other.

If they don't trust each other, why should anyone else?

86 posted on 06/11/2010 8:03:00 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Strategy

Why would the help us? King is afraid of the radicals?


87 posted on 06/11/2010 8:03:40 PM PDT by steve0 (My plan B: christianexodus.org/)
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To: stboz

Not really. The saudis hate everyone else, but they especially don’t like the shiites. They consider them heretics to Islam.


88 posted on 06/11/2010 8:04:11 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Saudi Arabia firmly believes that a nutcase with nukes is a threat to them .....

Of course they do. They're in between the two countries. One missile goes off course, guess who could be the target.

They know which side is trustworthy and has precision equipment.

89 posted on 06/11/2010 8:06:24 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom; The Comedian

Puzzle piece after puzzle piece moves into place . . .

indicating this may well be

the beginning of our . . .

SUMMER OF DISCONTENT . . . blazing and bleeding into our autumn, winter . . .


90 posted on 06/11/2010 8:07:36 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: rintense

My take on the Saudis is that the situation there is much more complex. The “they” in S. Arabia is the house of Saud, the royal family. They are in a precarious position. They run the show, no doubt, but they have to deal with the radical Islamists - much like Egypt, Jordan and the other “moderate” Arab countries. The way the Saudis have chosen to do this is by pure appeasement. They provide support and succor to the Wahabbis, and they are recognized as the “custodians of the holy mosques” (Mecca et al). The faustian bargain they’ve made is the hope that the radical Islamists will keep their Allah Akbar stuff outside the Kingdom. Doesn’t always happen that way, of course, as there is a relatively robust Islamic “terrorist” activity level within the Kingdom.

Now, pertaining to Iran, the Saudis are indeed (IMHO) absolutely petrified of an hegemonic, powerful Iran. Iran’s the Shias and they’re not Arabs, but Persians. Saudis of course are Sunnis. Oceans of blood have been spilled over the centuries between these 2 major torch bearers of the “religion of peace”. Throw in a nuclear armed Iran and you’ve got the Saudis’ worst nightmare. They’ve lived quite well with the Jews having hundreds of nuclear warheads. They rightly don’t lose any sleep at night worrying about crazed Judaists nuking Riyadh or Jeddah or the oil fields. Ahmedinijad and his cronies, however, do probably cause the Sauds to lose a lot of sleep.

Frankly, I strongly believe that the Saudis would like nothing better than the Israelis taking out Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It’s a win-win for the Saudis: they get rid of their #1 threat in the region and they also get to blast the Jooooos in the UN and world press. Would be a great day for them!!!

Interestingly, heard some fellow the other night on Coast to Coast talking about the recent Bilderberg meeting. His take was that the “one world govt” folks at Bilderberg have had their plans stalled - primarily by the popular uprising against the debt and socialist/communist tilting of western govts. He noted that, in these situations, they always default to a war. Diverts attention and fury away from the domestic govt and builds support for the otherwise unpopular president/prime minister. As such, his prediction was that the “green light” has been given for an attack on Iran. I know it sounds tin-foil crazy, but recent developments (such as recent report about US carrier groups being diverted to the region) make you scratch your head. And, no one really has any love for the Iranian regime. And, if I’m Barry, I would try to leverage this strategically with the Israelis to get a Palestinian settlement (even at lousy terms for the Israelis). In this scenario, Barry gets a war against an enemy that everyone recognizes is a really bad actor; conceivably, can get this without direct US military involvement (Israelis do the dirty work); as such, has no real direct recrimination potential; gets support from the American population going into what is shaping up to otherwise be a midterm election disaster of historic proportion; and, possibly gets an “historic” settlement of the Israeli-Palesitinan conflict (and Barry is thus the great peacemaker). Sounds crazy, but stranger things have happened...


91 posted on 06/11/2010 8:09:37 PM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: valkyry1

Maybe Israel has “acquired” a few B-2”s.


92 posted on 06/11/2010 8:10:21 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Strategy; All

I know sometimes countries release information for a variety of reasons .. but for the life of me I cannot figure out why this information would be released .. unless it was leaked by somebody who didn’t want Israel to succeed.

I mean .. doesn’t this information tell the enemy which way to be expecting you ..?? .. or .. is that the reason it was released .. to misinform on purpose ..??

Hmmmm ..?? I Can’t decide.


93 posted on 06/11/2010 8:10:48 PM PDT by CyberAnt (God Bless Our Troops Who Have Given the Ultimate Sacrifice!)
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To: Quix

How are these nations lining up in light of Bible prophecy?


94 posted on 06/11/2010 8:11:15 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom; Alamo-Girl; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; Ann de IL; aragorn; auggy; autumnraine; ...

How are these nations lining up in light of Bible prophecy?

= = =

I think GiovannaNicoletta and others are keeping better track of that, than I am.

Certainly I think the Biblically mentioned nations to come against Israel in a variety of ways and incidents are all lining up accordingly.

It is quite plausible that the first Ezek Gog/Magog war could happen sooner than some think.


95 posted on 06/11/2010 8:15:20 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: nuvista
and Barry is thus the great peacemaker

it sounded a little far our until I got to this part. THIS is something I could see him salivating over

Things that make you go hmmmmm

96 posted on 06/11/2010 8:16:33 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the indefensible. A pawn's proudest moment)
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To: Quix

I’m ready for the Rapture any time now.


97 posted on 06/11/2010 8:16:49 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Quix
You were saying ...

It is quite plausible that the first Ezek Gog/Magog war could happen sooner than some think.

I would say that the Psalm 83 war will probably happen first before the Ezekiel 38/39 war. I say that because it appears that Israel is living in relative peace (apparently from the result of the Psalm 83 war) from what we see of the Ezekiel 38/39 war.

I would be looking for the Psalm 83 war first ...

98 posted on 06/11/2010 8:22:57 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Peanut Gallery
I don't know what to believe. I know the Saudis, the Egyptians, and Pakistan worked with Israel before in defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan. Sometimes I think it's hard for some of these more worldly and educated middle east leaders to have to deal with very backward and indoctrinated populations.

So many centuries have called the Middle East the land of intrigue, as if that is some romantic adventure poster for tourists to flock to. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, but those friendships don't last, and cannot be trusted.

The Saudi's do not need to see radical Islam flourish as it is a danger to their own rule. Neither does Pakistan as it is a danger to theirs also. All these nations have been strange bed fellows with Israel before, but it doesn't mean they won't turn on Israel in a heart beat if they find a weakness.

It is the most dangerous and unpredictable area in the world.

99 posted on 06/11/2010 8:25:28 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: stboz
You were saying ...

Taquiya.

I know that's a real factor with Islam (as you indicate) -- but in this case, there's another big factor in Islam -- and that's the fact that the Sunnis hate the Shiites. So, in this case, it sounds exactly what the Sunnis would do to the Shiites ... :-)

100 posted on 06/11/2010 8:26:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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