'US, Israel would harm all ME states"

Ahmadinejad accuses West of cultivating strife between Iran, Saudis.

June 13, 2010 17:48
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (AP).

ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit: AP)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Israel and the US are trying to drive a wedge between Iran and Saudi Arabia, following a London Times report that Saudi Arabia will allow Israeli jets to use its airspace to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Ahamadinejad said "there is no doubt that America and the Zionist regime are enemies of Iran and Saudi Arabia," in a meeting with the new Saudi ambassador to Iran.

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"Should [America and Israel] have the opportunity," Ahmadinejad said, "they would harm all the states in the region. If Iran and Saudi Arabia will be united on regional matters, our enemies will not have the courage to invade Muslim land."

The Times cited a US defense source as saying the Saudis had conducted exercises to ensure Israeli jets are not shot down going through Saudi airspace in the event of an attack against Iran. The source added that the US State Department is aware of the agreement.

Sources in Saudi Arabia told The Times that it is common knowledge within defense circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two countries, they said, their governments share a mutual loathing of the regime in Teheran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. However, Riyadh has publicly denied the report.

An Israeli attempt to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities would likely target uranium enrichment facilities at Qom and Natanz as well as a heavy water reactor at Arak and a gas storage development at Isfahan, the report said.

Questioned on the option of a Saudi flight path for Israeli bombers, Aharon (Ze’ev) Farkash, who headed military intelligence until 2006 and has been involved in war games simulating a strike on Iran, was quoted by The Times as saying: “I know that Saudi Arabia is even more afraid than Israel of an Iranian nuclear capacity.”

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