If this report is correct, calling it an interesting development would be the understatement of the century:
INTELLIGENCE chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site.
The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom.
The site is seen as a major threat by Tel Aviv and Riyadh.
Details of the talks emerged after John Bolton, America’s former UN ambassador, told a meeting of intelligence analysts that “Riyadh certainly approves” of Israel’s use of Saudi airspace.
Perceptive readers have undoubtedly noticed I called the report “important” but not “shocking.” The reason? It’s not. Although Saudi Arabia pretends Israel to be its main enemy for domestic purposes, the royal family knows full well that the real danger for its rule comes from Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are archenemies. Iran is ruled by Shiite extremists, Saudi Arabia by Sunni extremists. They consider each other ‘traitors.’ Both want to replace each others ideology – Saudi Arabia wants to spread its Wahabbi extremism, Iran its Shiite extremism through the region and eventually the world. They basically have the same radical agenda and consider themselves to be the only ‘real muslims’ in the world.
It isn’t exactly surprising therefore that the Saudis want Israel to do its dirty work. It can give quiet, secret permission for an Israeli strike yet publicly condemn Jerusalem for its “aggression.” It’s a game the Saudis have played for years, if not decades.
The West and Israel are wise to get Sunni countries that support / tolerate strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities to voice their support in public. If they do not, the latter will continue to do what they have done for years now, thereby radicalizing their peoples and turning them even more against the West than they already are.