'Saudis give Israel green light to attack Iran'

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    Saudi Arabia has indicated to Israel that it would not protest use of its airspace by Israeli fighter jets in the event the government resolves to launch a military assault against Iran, according to a report which appeared in the British Sunday Times.

    According to The Sunday Times, Mossad chief Meir Dagan held secret meetings with Saudi officials who gave their tacit approval to Israel's use of the kingdom's airspace.

    "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," The Sunday Times quoted a diplomatic source as saying last week.

    The report also quoted John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as saying that it would be "entirely logical" for Israeli warplanes to fly over Saudi Arabia en route to bombing nuclear targets in Iran.

    Though any Israeli attack would be roundly condemned by Mideast leaders at the UN, Bolton said Arab leaders have privately expressed trepidation at the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    "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," Bolton told The Sunday Times

    'Saudis give Israel green light to attack Iran' - Haaretz - Israel News
     
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    Iran is going to make a bomb unless someone stops them. This development is significant.
     
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    Iran's leadership is backward, but not insane enough to seriously threaten Israel with nuclear weapons. Doing so would mean destroying Palestinian lives as well.

    Any Israeli attempt to meddle in Iran's energy affairs is, at this point, unjustifiable. Saudi complicity in any threat to Iran's sovereignty at this point would be unjustifiable as well.
     
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    I don't think the issue is whether Iran's leadership is backward or insane. The issue is, do they believe in the philosophy of salvation through martyrdom they have been preaching to the people? Iran's support of Hamas has been destroying Palestinian lives for years, and they seem perfectly comfortable with that outcome and that is perfectly consistent with their advocacy of martrydom.

    The fact that Iran has been stonewalling the IAEA for so long can only mean that either Iran is developing nuclear weapons or that Iran wants the world to believe it is developing nuclear weapons. ElBaradei has already said that despite the fact there is no hard evidence Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons, it is his gut feeling they are. Considering the leadership's strong beliefs about martyrdom, its passionate convictions about the need to destroy Israel and the likelihood they are trying to develop nuclear weapons, it would be irresponsible, even insane, of the Israeli government to just wait and see what happens. Given the facts that years of negotiations with the Europeans have produced no results and that now Obama is opposed to further sanctions, it is hard to imagine how Israel can protect itself against the potential nuclear threat from Iran other than by bombing Iran's nuclear program.
     
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    Toomuchtime, you'd have to be real dense to think that Khomeini or Ahemdinejad are seriously considering incinerating themselves, their wives, their children, and all their buddies to 'wipe Israel off the map and take over the world'.

    This isn't a James Bond flick. Get serious.
     
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    Gee, I wonder what economic motivation might explain this decision (assuming this report is not complete nonsense, of course)
     
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    It's just plain silly to think that you or I have any real insight into these people beyond what they claim to believe in. The fact is that salvation through martyrdom is a core value of this leadership that it has been preaching to the Iranian people for decades. If they are not cynical hypocrites, they are willing to die and see their families die in order to do what they believe they must.
     
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    There is a big difference between martyrdom and suicide
     
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    So you tried them both and concluded they are different, right?
     
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