Report: Saudis Threaten to Shoot Down Iran-Bound Israeli Planes


saudi-king-abdullahSaudi Arabia has informed Israel that it would intercept any Air Force aircraft crossing its airspace en route to Iran, Yediot Achronoth reported this morning.

The message was transmitted via the United States, during talks with Obama administration officials in Yerushalayim.

According to the Yediot report, senior Israeli officials have claimed that the Americans are leveraging the Saudi threat in an attempt to dissuade Israel from launching a unilateral offensive on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Some sources estimate that Saudi Arabia, which is equipped with American-made fighter jets, would have allowed Israel to cross its airspace if the latter would have coordinated its military operation with the White House.

Meanwhile, reports Yediot, the New York Times has claimed that Israel will prefer to use a direct route that passes over Jordan and Iraq. Foreign commentators have estimated that the Jordanians will turn a blind eye, yet others have said that Amman might consider the act a breach of its peace accord with Israel. Two other possible routes are over Turkey and Syria, or a longer route along the Red Sea.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Stupid article.

    Everyone (including Israel) is fully aware that an Israeli attack on Iran is as beneficial to Saudi Arabia as it is to the Israelis. Saudi Arabia does not need to transmit messages via a 3rd party. They have plenty of communication with Israel themselves

  2. Agree with #1. Saudi Arabia must maintain a position of hatred against Israel in order to appease its Muslim brethren, but it has already been clearly shown (I think through Wikileaks?) that they dread a nuclear Iran as much as anyone — maybe even more.

  3. I agree with commentor #1

    The Saudi’s & the Jordanian armies are a joke! Israel could eliminate them in a few minutes if neccesary! Yawn!

  4. the saudis would be the happiest people if israel attacked iran the saudis are terrified of iran and have been lobbying the Americans for years to attack iran as per the wiki leaks