Saudi Arabia purchased Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel: report

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Saudi Arabia has reportedly purchased the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel and is working to reach an agreement on broad military cooperation with the Jewish State.


A report published Thursday by the Emirati news website Al-Khaleej Online cited "high-level diplomatic sources" as revealing that Riyadh had purchased the Israeli system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shell, following talks mediated by the United States in tripartite meetings in Washington.

The deal, reportedly worth in excess of tens of millions of dollars, is expected to be implemented in December of this year with the first Iron Dome battery to be placed Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, from where Iran-backed Huthi rebels have launched missile attacks against Riyadh with increasing frequency over the past year.

Diplomatic sources told the Arabic-language news outlet that Israel's initial refusal to sell the Iron Dome to any Arab nation was overcome following US intervention and the addition of guarantees to be signed through the US that Saudi Arabia's acquisition of the system "does not pose any danger to the security of Israel or its allies in the region in the short or long term".

The report stated that the unprecedented purchase came with Saudi Arabia seeking not only political rapprochement on the basis of overlapping interests concerning their common enemy, Iran, but also broad military cooperation with Israel including the exchange of intelligence and public arms and defense deals.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have never had diplomatic ties and Riyadh has long been in unison with the rest of the Middle East in hewing closely with the Palestinian cause, a cornerstone of Arab solidarity.

But reports have over the past few years suggested increasingly warming ties and even cooperation between the two nations behind closed doors, driven chiefly by a shared animosity toward Shia powerhouse Iran. 

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Saudi Arabia purchased Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel: report

2018/09/1536820046.jpg
Read: 412     15:00     13 September 2018    

Saudi Arabia has reportedly purchased the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel and is working to reach an agreement on broad military cooperation with the Jewish State.


A report published Thursday by the Emirati news website Al-Khaleej Online cited "high-level diplomatic sources" as revealing that Riyadh had purchased the Israeli system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shell, following talks mediated by the United States in tripartite meetings in Washington.

The deal, reportedly worth in excess of tens of millions of dollars, is expected to be implemented in December of this year with the first Iron Dome battery to be placed Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, from where Iran-backed Huthi rebels have launched missile attacks against Riyadh with increasing frequency over the past year.

Diplomatic sources told the Arabic-language news outlet that Israel's initial refusal to sell the Iron Dome to any Arab nation was overcome following US intervention and the addition of guarantees to be signed through the US that Saudi Arabia's acquisition of the system "does not pose any danger to the security of Israel or its allies in the region in the short or long term".

The report stated that the unprecedented purchase came with Saudi Arabia seeking not only political rapprochement on the basis of overlapping interests concerning their common enemy, Iran, but also broad military cooperation with Israel including the exchange of intelligence and public arms and defense deals.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have never had diplomatic ties and Riyadh has long been in unison with the rest of the Middle East in hewing closely with the Palestinian cause, a cornerstone of Arab solidarity.

But reports have over the past few years suggested increasingly warming ties and even cooperation between the two nations behind closed doors, driven chiefly by a shared animosity toward Shia powerhouse Iran. 

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