(ZHE) — A brand new bombshell report within the Jerusalem Put up confirms that Israel and Saudi Arabia’s considerably “quiet” however rising safety relationship is way extra intensive than beforehand thought, because it now features a $250 million weapons deal.
That is unprecedented as the 2 nations nonetheless don’t even have official diplomatic relations, as the dominion has but to formally acknowledge the state of Israel, however proceed a detailed behind the scenes alliance based mostly on intelligence sharing particularly in locations like Syria and even Yemen with the intention to “counter Iran”.
In keeping with the Jerusalem Put up report:
Saudi Arabia and Israel held secret conferences which led to an estimated $250-million deal, together with the switch of Israeli espionage applied sciences to the dominion, Israeli media reported on Sunday, citing an unique report by the United Arab Emirate information web site Al-Khaleej.
The report goes on to explain the spy methods as “essentially the most subtle methods Israel has ever bought to any Arab nation” and notes they’ve already been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the place a Saudi technical workforce will endure coaching to function them.
This can be very unlikely if not unimaginable that Israel’s personal technicians and operators would really conduct the coaching of Saudi personnel — seemingly it’s to be performed by means of contractors from Western international locations who’re normally in abundance within the kingdom.
Curiously, it seems the US and Britain may have had a job to play in cementing the deal, which was first exposed by a Gulf-based news outlet:
The unique report additionally revealed that the 2 international locations exchanged strategic army info within the conferences, which have been performed in Washington and London by means of a European mediator.
Lending credibility to the report are prior recent revelations in September that Saudi Arabia had bought Israel’s Iron Dome missile protection system amidst its ongoing warfare with Houthi rebels in Yemen, which have resulted in a number of quick to medium vary ballistic missile assaults on the dominion over the previous 12 months.
The controversial report detailing that Saudi Arabia has bought Israeli’s Iron Dome protection system went viral on the time after a outstanding Arabic information web site, Al-Khaleej Online, made the declare based mostly on diplomatic sources. The report alleged the primary Iron Dome missile battery is slated to be transferred to Saudi Arabia earlier than the top of the 12 months in December.
Israel had denied the Iron Dome switch story on the time whereas Riyadh saved silent: “We deny the existence of a deal to promote Iron Dome to Saudi Arabia,” Israel’s Protection Ministry stated in an emailed assertion to the Times of Israel in September. Israeli officers had solely responded to the story after it swept nationwide media on the heels of the claims taking Arabic social media by storm.
Two weeks in the past, because the Jamal Khashoggi affair started shaking up Saudi-Washington relations, Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli parliament: “Due to the Iranian risk, Israel and different Arab international locations are nearer than they ever have been earlier than,” the prime minister said. This acknowledgement got here after years of Saudi Arabia becoming a member of in a covert partnership to topple the Syrian authorities — a undertaking which has clearly failed.
This newest revelation of the switch of $250m in subtle spy tools is a part of a broader development in nearer Saudi-Israeli “secret” relations which is able to solely proceed as long as each see the US as “not doing sufficient” to thwart Iranian enlargement within the area.
Nevertheless, the timing of the alleged switch of Israeli espionage tools is particularly particularly attention-grabbing in addition to alarming, provided that information of it comes simply as Riyadh has been uncovered as spying on and murdering journalists, activists, and dissidents whilst they reside in international international locations.
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