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Published on: July 5, 2009 12:26 AM
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Israel - The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.

The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.

“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.

Although the countries have no formal diplomatic relations, an Israeli defence source confirmed that Mossad maintained “working relations” with the Saudis.

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John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations who recently visited the Gulf, said it was “entirely logical” for the Israelis to use Saudi airspace.

Bolton, who has talked to several Arab leaders, added: “None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn’t trumpet it as a big success.”

Arab states would condemn a raid when they spoke at the UN but would be privately relieved to see the threat of an Iranian bomb removed, he said.

Referring to the Israeli attack on an alleged Syrian nuclear facility in 2007, Bolton added: “To this day, the Israelis haven’t admitted the specifics but there’s one less nuclear facility in Syria . . .”

Recent developments have underscored concerns among moderate Sunni Arab states about the stability of the repressive Shi’ite regime in Tehran and have increased fears that it may emerge as a belligerent nuclear power.

“The Saudis are very concerned about an Iranian nuclear bomb, even more than the Israelis,” said a former head of research in Israeli intelligence.

The Israeli air force has been training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear site at Natanz in the centre of the country and other locations for four years.


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 Jul 05, 2009 at 05:25 AM LivingInIsrael Says:

And why is all this information being published over the internet? Dummies.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 04:41 AM power up Says:

Why is this in the news, somebody please explain????

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 03:16 AM kal Says:

it's crystal clear that this is all being orchestrated by Yad H-Shem;that Ikvissa d'Moshicha is finally upon us!!

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 01:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Heenei lo yonim v'lo yishon shomer yisroel,that's all we have!!

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 06:22 AM smartalic Says:

The question is not why it's in the news or in the internet, the question is on the israelis!! Why'd they let this piece of info leak out! Apparently they want to build up some fear among the iranians, just like department stores advertise their detailed surveillance system. Makes sense?

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 12:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Don't worry, with the praying of am yisrael and the IDF it would ok.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 12:03 AM bomb iran for what? Says:

why is israel so hellbent on bombing iran? is it because the jews who live there wont give in and move to israel? people say iran denies the holocaust? not true. iranian tv aired a 22 part GOVERNMENT SPONSORED documentry about an iranian diplomat who forged documents to allow over one thousand jews to flee to iran! dont believe me? look up Abdol Hussein Sardari. he is known as the "schindler of iran". iran is a free country a democracy and achmedinajad had no power to bomb any country. his position in government has as much authority as the dog catcher! please yidden of the world do not condone this horror aganist a nation whose jewish people can trace their ancestry to when persian king cyrus the great freed them from the babylonians. israel is being a bully and of course religious dominated zero tolrance saudi arabia would support israel bombing a secular muslim nation with happy jews. havent we all heard the saying? the enemy of my enemy is my friend?

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 Jul 04, 2009 at 11:58 PM John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations Says:

Now there's a man who actually "got it."

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 Jul 04, 2009 at 11:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Which genius leaked this info??????

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 07:27 AM End of Days Says:

UNDERSTAND PEOPLE!

First, gemara Avoda Zara is clear - Esau fights Paras (via Israel/erev rav/its proxy? and wins?).

Then, Esau and Ishmael form shittuf and try to take Yerushalyim from the yidden.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 07:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
bomb iran for what? Says:

why is israel so hellbent on bombing iran? is it because the jews who live there wont give in and move to israel? people say iran denies the holocaust? not true. iranian tv aired a 22 part GOVERNMENT SPONSORED documentry about an iranian diplomat who forged documents to allow over one thousand jews to flee to iran! dont believe me? look up Abdol Hussein Sardari. he is known as the "schindler of iran". iran is a free country a democracy and achmedinajad had no power to bomb any country. his position in government has as much authority as the dog catcher! please yidden of the world do not condone this horror aganist a nation whose jewish people can trace their ancestry to when persian king cyrus the great freed them from the babylonians. israel is being a bully and of course religious dominated zero tolrance saudi arabia would support israel bombing a secular muslim nation with happy jews. havent we all heard the saying? the enemy of my enemy is my friend?

please live in Iran if you like it so much. I am sure you will enjoy living amongst your persian and arab jew hating brothers

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 07:35 AM Anonymous Says:

If the saudis are quietly ok'ing it, then maybe obama will give the Israelis the refueling parts for midair that they were begging for but that might be too much to hope for!!

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:02 AM Moshe Says:

#7 is an obvious NK member. Prior to the revolution, Iran was a fine plce for Jews they had a good relationship, from what I understand, with the government and all was well. Only after the revolution did things change. I don't knbow of the accuracy of the "Schindler of Iran" but it wouldn't come as a surprise.
However, there is no doubt about how they feel about the Jews today.
Israel is "hellbent on bombing Iran" to protect itself (not to mention the other Arab countries that will benefit).
If all of the self hating NK Jews move there we can make the world just a little bit better of a plac e to live.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 07:48 AM chachm Lazer Says:

Reply to #1  
LivingInIsrael Says:

And why is all this information being published over the internet? Dummies.

You bet you are right, thes dummys don't get it. Keep it quite and low don say your plans.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:46 AM HaLeiVi Says:

Reply to #13  
Moshe Says:

#7 is an obvious NK member. Prior to the revolution, Iran was a fine plce for Jews they had a good relationship, from what I understand, with the government and all was well. Only after the revolution did things change. I don't knbow of the accuracy of the "Schindler of Iran" but it wouldn't come as a surprise.
However, there is no doubt about how they feel about the Jews today.
Israel is "hellbent on bombing Iran" to protect itself (not to mention the other Arab countries that will benefit).
If all of the self hating NK Jews move there we can make the world just a little bit better of a plac e to live.

Not necessarily was that posted by an NK. It could have been posted by an Iranian official, which I find more likely.
If you recall, VIN had an interview with a former NK. He told VIN that the Iranians read all the Jewish opinion site, VIN included. Look how #7 called the Saudis a religious country, and Iran, a secular one. Only a propagandist would think of that.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:39 AM Rebitzen Says:

Reply to #10  
End of Days Says:

UNDERSTAND PEOPLE!

First, gemara Avoda Zara is clear - Esau fights Paras (via Israel/erev rav/its proxy? and wins?).

Then, Esau and Ishmael form shittuf and try to take Yerushalyim from the yidden.

Yes genious, I'm sure thats exactly what King Faud was thinking.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:04 AM Moshe Says:

#15 I guess that true but it could have been poseted by either one. There's not much difference in their outlooks.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:59 AM mamin bashem Says:

The answer to all these questions is very simple, this is all propaganda from the Israelis, the arab world would never agree to this,and that's why its published in the news israel wants to see if the saudies will come out against it

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
LivingInIsrael Says:

And why is all this information being published over the internet? Dummies.

It's a baloon. Watching what the int community will say about it. Then the hit will come.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:28 AM just wondering Says:

i wouldn't trust any arabs what's stopping the saudis to change there mind in middle of the fly over and c"v attack the planes.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
bomb iran for what? Says:

why is israel so hellbent on bombing iran? is it because the jews who live there wont give in and move to israel? people say iran denies the holocaust? not true. iranian tv aired a 22 part GOVERNMENT SPONSORED documentry about an iranian diplomat who forged documents to allow over one thousand jews to flee to iran! dont believe me? look up Abdol Hussein Sardari. he is known as the "schindler of iran". iran is a free country a democracy and achmedinajad had no power to bomb any country. his position in government has as much authority as the dog catcher! please yidden of the world do not condone this horror aganist a nation whose jewish people can trace their ancestry to when persian king cyrus the great freed them from the babylonians. israel is being a bully and of course religious dominated zero tolrance saudi arabia would support israel bombing a secular muslim nation with happy jews. havent we all heard the saying? the enemy of my enemy is my friend?

Looks like Iranian propagandists comment on VIN as well...

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
just wondering Says:

i wouldn't trust any arabs what's stopping the saudis to change there mind in middle of the fly over and c"v attack the planes.

Israel is not afraid of Saudis or any other Arabs attacking their planes - they just need the element of surprise to achieve their goal of eliminating Irans nuclear arsenal.
The Saudis are much more afraid of Iran than Israel (who has significant 2nd strike capabilities and could obliterate Iran if attacked).

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:27 AM Shuli Says:

Reply to #18  
mamin bashem Says:

The answer to all these questions is very simple, this is all propaganda from the Israelis, the arab world would never agree to this,and that's why its published in the news israel wants to see if the saudies will come out against it

I don't think so...this is coming from the London Times...and the British press isn't exactly what I call friendly to Israel.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:19 AM Anonymous Says:

They don't want to bomb Iran, they want to rake out Iranian Nuclear plants.
If it would be located in France, they'd take it out there.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 09:33 AM davetherave Says:

Reply to #20  
just wondering Says:

i wouldn't trust any arabs what's stopping the saudis to change there mind in middle of the fly over and c"v attack the planes.

because the Saudis understand how much money they get from America, how international business affects their economy, and just how much the Iranians hate them as well. "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 10:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
bomb iran for what? Says:

why is israel so hellbent on bombing iran? is it because the jews who live there wont give in and move to israel? people say iran denies the holocaust? not true. iranian tv aired a 22 part GOVERNMENT SPONSORED documentry about an iranian diplomat who forged documents to allow over one thousand jews to flee to iran! dont believe me? look up Abdol Hussein Sardari. he is known as the "schindler of iran". iran is a free country a democracy and achmedinajad had no power to bomb any country. his position in government has as much authority as the dog catcher! please yidden of the world do not condone this horror aganist a nation whose jewish people can trace their ancestry to when persian king cyrus the great freed them from the babylonians. israel is being a bully and of course religious dominated zero tolrance saudi arabia would support israel bombing a secular muslim nation with happy jews. havent we all heard the saying? the enemy of my enemy is my friend?

your ranting makes no sense....

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 02:35 PM Avrohom Abba Says:

This is tremendous, great news. The Saudis clearly want Iran to know that Israel is so welcome to bomb Iran, that the Saudis will even allow the Israelis to fly over their country!
Super!
Friends, we are talking about the very early beginnings of world peace.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 02:33 PM berel Says:

#7 please keep you head buried in the sand, t looks much better that way.

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 Jul 05, 2009 at 08:43 PM HaLeiVi Says:

Reply to #1  
LivingInIsrael Says:

And why is all this information being published over the internet? Dummies.

The real answer is that the news agency department heads run just that, a news agency. They absolutely don't case what havoc they cause while breaking their story. As soon as somebody found out that we were following bin ladin, they announced it. Sure enough, he stopped using it. I can't understand a serious government that doesn't pursue them. In fact they even made it a law that when they quote someone on condition of anonymity, the goverment can't pressure them to reveal the traitor.

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 Jul 06, 2009 at 12:45 AM is this what we have become? Says:

number 7 has a point. is this who we are as jews? people who feel pride hearing our "nation" is going to bomb another country unprovoked? i mean they are trying to figure out who is their president (who really has no power) is. do you think they really wanna bomb us? we forgive the xtians for the years of horror and yet we act like them. all these years of pent up anger we release on arabs. look at these comments: "great news". jews do not believe in murder. we never have been and never will be. we also do not believe in making people suffer. we know the devastation that a nuclear bomb will cause. we also know that the bombings will not end there. is this who we are as jews? is this what we have become? look at yourselves.
Susan
by the way. berel and other look up the iranian schindler and what number 7 says before you stick your head in the sand and deny the truth.
kol hakavod to #7 for thinking outside the box.

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 Jul 06, 2009 at 03:17 AM berel Says:

#30 yes ,b'h we know who we are are we have plenty to be proud as jews . we act as xtians ? and how? do you know the torah? you know what the torah says? when a nation stands up and threatens our nation you should go out to war against it and destroy it to smithereens .see ki saytze.it does not say you should bury your head in the sand. and it does not say we should have pity on the enemy or its citizens by sacrificing our soldiers so fewer of our enemies should be killed . it does not say the 'rights groups' should tell us how to fight the war, thereby by losing it.

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