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Report: Saudi Arabia May Aid Israeli Strike on Iran in Exchange for Progress With Palestinians

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In closed talks with European lawmakers, Saudi Arabian diplomats said they are in total accord with the Israelis on the Iranian nuclear issue, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

According to an official at the headquarters of the European Union, as part of a framework coordination agreement with the Israelis, Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel’s air force to traverse Saudi airspace to attack Iran, if necessary.

However, the Saudi approval is conditional upon progress towards an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The Saudi government is sensitive to public opinion, and cannot allow Israel to use Saudi territory or airspace for military action without demonstrating some progress on the issue of Palestinian statehood, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials have denied that they do not know the details of the deal with Iran currently being negotiated by world powers, to which they are opposed. The lawmakers stressed that Israel doesn’t need the United States to reveal what is being said during the talks because Israel has other partners among world powers, along with information obtained from Israel’s intelligence services, which alone have made it clear that the deal in the offing is a bad deal.

An official close to the Obama Administration said that security guarantees won’t be discussed with Israel because the United States, “can’t initiate substantive discussions” before Israel’s upcoming elections.

Today, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue of negotiations, less than a day after a major leak occurred regarding the negotiations with Iran. Kerry, who spoke during a Congressional hearing on the State Department’s budget, said that it is too early to speak of an agreement between the parties, and noted that the United States is not prepared to agree to a nuclear Iran. Kerry also lashed out at the opponents of the agreement – including Israel – saying that they do not know the details of the talks.

“This is our policy: Iran will not get nuclear weapons.  Anyone going around saying that they don’t like the deal, doesn’t even know what the deal is. There’s still no deal at all,” said Kerry. He added that the United States expects to know soon whether Iran is ready to agree to the proposed terms, which he said were reasonable and verifiable. He ended saying that Iran must comply with the demand of the p5+1 and demonstrate it is not interested in nuclear weapons.

Before Kerry’s address, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he intends to fight the emerging agreement when he visits Congress next week. During a tour of Israel’s Southern Command bases, Netanyahu said that, “Unfortunately, the information I have been receiving these last few days confirm many of our concerns about the upcoming deal between the P5+1 and Iran. This agreement, if signed, would allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state.”

Netanyahu added that, “this is a bad agreement which endangers our future. My duty as Prime Minister is to do everything possible to avoid such an agreement. So I am going to Washington to speak before Congress, because Congress might be the last chance to stop the agreement with Iran.”

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  • Michael Palmer

    Does anyone remember that Iran and their surrogate Hezbollah killed 232 Marines in Lebenon??? Definately a reason to trust them??????. The Allotolah is playing our Presisent like fiddle. They have already crossed the RED LINE. No one needs Plutonium or Ballistic missles for Peace time Nuclear energy.

  • Reform School

    The surest way to destroy Israel is to yank the rug from under the feet of potentates with shared interests, who cannot survive dealing openly with Jewish Jerusalem.

    Our grandparents were Einsteins; must we be birdbrains?

    When ASSoCIAted Press bought United Press International, Journalistic Ethics quit demanding self-censorship.

    Until worldwide Dumbth portended Political Correctness, stage comedians told [without incident] that a certain East European nation had recently banned circumcisions: “Too Much Brain Damage!”

    The 1st Amendment guarantees Freedom of Speech and Press but variances between Freedom and License can sink ships.

    Whether Israel or New York, if Channel 2 Weather reports tomorrow’s skies will be green, is Algemeiner compelled to thoughtlessly parrot their foolishness?

    The 1st Amendment guarantees Freedom of Speech and Press but variances between Freedom and License can sink ships.

  • Bertha

    I am sick and tired of hearing of all that violent CRAP the Saudis and the Israelis design. Stupid little men who get their kicks killing other people. Saudis and Israelis need to be banned from the USA.

    • YOU should be banned from the US !

    • Otto Schiff

      When ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise

  • Louis Hayden

    Making an agreement with Saudi Arabia to fly in Saudi airspace to attack Iran is making an agreement with Lucifer to sell your soul. Here, truly the end(destruction of Iran) is not justified by the means(flying over Saudi airspace).I pray Israeli lawmakers REMEMBER THE PROPHECY of JOEL 3: 1-2

    Saudi Arabia will surely demand in the fine print of their agreement to divide the land…… I pray Israeli policy makers remember God will hold accountable AND WILL PUNISH all those that divide the land.

    Praise God HE is very mathematical and shown those that search the scriptures the countless mathematical equations proving we are in the end of the end of days.

    With a major solar eclipse on March 20th,<> followed by a blood moon on Passover Mankind, {especially the Jewish peoples} must seriously consider them with JOEL chapter verses 31-31 which bring about the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.”

  • Kay Salicornia

    Israel is dropping the US to align herself with the Saudis. They seem to have found their ideal partner. Give enough rope to Netanyahu, then sit back and watch the show. Though it is all good for the American taxpayer. One less parasitic nation to milk them.


    THESE SAUDIS… THEY ARE SUCH COMEDIANS! Do they give a rat’s tuchus about the “Palestinians” or Israel? Hold your breath, now!

  • Valery

    not confuse an alliance with obscurantist from Riyadh?
    Or think that weapons Riyadh directed only against Iran?

  • Fred Hewitt

    So, the idea that our only ally in the middle is Israel has not been true. If Israel is able to get information from other sources as to how we are conducting negotiations with Iran, why bother to have Israel
    as an ally? Let’s cut a deal with Iran so that we can replace Israel by Iran as our most reliable partner in the Middle East. Iran, by Western standards, seems to be a saner country.

    • Eugene Levich

      This is possibly the most brain-dead remark I have ever seen on the Internet! Replace Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, with Iran–a country enslaved by murderous religious fanatics whose thinking has regressed backwards since the 13th Century? Iran gave the orders, for example to blow up the Pan Am plane over Scotland (the orders carried out by the Palestine Liberation Organization)and to blow up a Jewish center in Argentina, killing over 80 people. It also attempted recently to assassinate the Jordanian ambassador to Washington. A TERRORIST STATE LIKE IRAN CANNOT HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS!!!

      • tom

        You got your facts wrong. The Islamic State of Iran did not exist when the Pam Plane was shot down over Scotland. Cadafey of Lybia was behind that, and this was proven beyond doubt.
        The PLO was never implicated with shooting down any planes, and had nothing to do with any attacks against Jews in Europe or Argentina.
        The Argentina bombing is still under investigation and none of the evidence so far has fixed the blame on Iran. Other than that, I do detest the Iranian regime. Of course if the colonial powers and the CIA had not overthrown the democratically elected president of Iran in the 1950s, and installing the brutal puppet Shah, we would not had this situation we have now in Iran.

      • Bertha

        Your “israel” is NOT a democracy. Get that straight.

  • Kerry’s remarks remind me of Obama’s remarks about his healthcare act, “If you like your Dr. you can keep your Dr.” Nothing Obama and his Admin. ever say is true. I was a veteran Of the Vietnam war and my youngest son fought in Iraq. Kerry was the male version of Jane Fonda then and he can’t be trusted now! Both Kerry and Obama have a problem—“Egotism”

  • Neyoooo

    An agreement with the devil, the international community is actually very stupid. Between 1918 and 1929, Nazi Germany became a threat to to whole world, yet no lesson is learnt.

  • edward bowman

    i truly believe that Obama would like to dump Israel and link up with other new allies. Fortunately Congress would not allow that. But I do suspect that he may be pursuing a very radical foreign policy

  • Pi

    The US admin may be looking to wrap up this deal by the weekend, leaving the Israeli PM to belatedly debate a ‘fait accompli’ when he steps before US Congress next week. Still, the Saudi offer of military overflight rights (and the real prospect of future commercial aviation overflights) is a chip that can be pocketed for the time being and which can be leveraged in order to apply devastating psychological pressure to the Iranian regime. With the passing of King Abdullah (prime sponsor of the Arab Peace Initiative) and the coronation of King Salman, Israel may be in a unique position to enter discussions with the Arabian kingdom vis-à-vis regional peace unbound by specific references contained in the late Abdullah’s proposal. Though it may be an excellent time for Israel to present its own peace plan, it may be reluctant to make the first move for fear of being rejected, or accused of insulting the late Saudi monarch. But when given the chance to favourably alter the rules of engagement, it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. But Israel should consider leaving the US administration on the sidelines for this one.

  • DockyWocky

    ” Saudi Arabia May Aid Israeli Strike on Iran in Exchange for Progress With Palestinians…”

    Maybe this means that Saudi Arabia is considering taking in the diaspora-ed Palestinians? After all, they have all that vast “Empty Quarter” that would make lebensraum for all of them and solve the problem for the Izzies.

    • LOL

      Saudi Arabia should first recognize the JEWISH State] of Israel. then ask for “progress” with Palestinians, then join Israel in any necessary Iranian attacks.

  • Lenore Wachtel

    “The enemy of our enemy is our friend” or can be. We need to try to make it so. Iranians like Westerners, a good beginning. We have negotated successfully and worked successfully with worse enemies. We need to try with this one, especially at this time.

  • noah

    During the past (6) years Obama has proven that he is the most incompetent, unqualified, delusional, president in US history. On a good day his performance is pathetic.
    He needs to be impeached and imprisoned in Gitmo.

    • tom

      So hate Obama so much, that’s obvious. What is not obvious is whether you are an Israeli or an extreme republican or both of the above. Please tell what you are.

    • Bill P

      Obama has ended Bush’s disastrous war in Iraq, has lowered our unemployment rate, and has started moving the national debt in the right direction. Don’t forget that when Bush entered the Presidency, there was a surplus in the government budget, and when Bush left, no surplus and the worst recession since the 30s.
      I am giving specifics on what Obama has done. I note you give no facts in what you write, you just rant about how bad he is. Listen to the facts my friend.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Someone needs to tell Netanyahu to stop talking electioneering rubbish

    There is no way he has to go to Washington to express an opinion on the present situation There have been transatlantic cables periodically since 1858 – although the first one only lasted three weeks. But there have been radio links since the 1920s and cables since the 1950s

    There is no need to travel to deliver a message – it is all electioneering.

    Is anyone fooled by it?

  • In exchange for assistance against Iran, the Saudi’s gets others to do the work it should do on its own!

  • The Saudis would benefit from cooperating with Israel because they are in danger from getting assaulted by a nuclearized Iran. As far as the Palestinian issue, they could have had peace decades ago. All they ever had to do is recognize Israel as a Jewish state and stop the terrorist attacks. The Saudis should stay out of other peoples affairs and spend more time pressuring the Palestinians to agree to this straight forward approach. This doesn’t take into account the fact that Israel has made many generous offers to the Palestinians in order to finally normalize relations and each time they were turned down. Instead of always telling Israel what to do, it’s long overdue that the Palestinians start making concessions of their own. The bottom line is that the Palestinians aren’t interested in peace, they as well as the international community have acted under the guise of a peace treaty, when in reality they use this issue as a means to screw Israel, until this changes, there isn’t much to discuss.

  • Iran – which openly declares its intention to destroy the State of Israel – will receive a license to develop the production of bombs,” Israel must bomb Iran reactors before it is too late. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • racy

    Kerry has every intention of throwing Israel under the bus, not because Kerry is a bad man, but because OBUMA is.
    Kerry works for this radical President, and if Kerry wants to keep his job and be a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, he will do as this impeachable president says. Netanyahu has other allies and the best intelligence department in the world. He knows, probably word for word, what was said during Kerry’s talks with the Iranian delegates. Our president, unfortunately ,has temper tandrums, is a blatant liar, and thinks he’s a king. He leads from behind, lacks foresight, intelligence and is putting America at risk everyday of his next two years. Woe is to us if this continues.

  • Cynthia

    The King of the South is not so far away now.

  • No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel –
    David Ben Gurion
    (David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and widely hailed as the State’s main founder).
    “No Jew is entitled to give up the right of establishing [i.e. settling] the Jewish Nation in all of the Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such power. Not even all the Jews alive today [i.e. the entire Jewish People] have the power to cede any part of the country or homeland whatsoever. This is a right vouchsafed or reserved for the Jewish Nation throughout all generations. This right cannot be lost or expropriated under any condition or circumstance. Even if at some particular time, there are those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have no power nor competence to deprive coming generations of this right. The Jewish nation is neither bound nor governed by such a waiver or renunciation. Our right to the whole of this country is valid, in force and endures forever. And until the Final Redemption has come, we will not budge from this historic right.”
    at the Basle Session of the 20th Zionist Congress at Zurich (1937)
    “No country in the world exists today by virtue of its ‘right’.
    All countries exist today by virtue of their ability to defend themselves against those who seek their destruction.”

    6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust; not in open battles, not with arms in their hands, not fighting enemy as the other peoples and armies did, but like animals in the worst imaginable slaughter house. But it is the last time in history.

    Never again

    YJ Draiman

  • Duncan

    How very kind of the Saudis! They are willing to do the absolute minimum to help take care of an existential problem for themselves and all they want is for Israel to weaken herself further for the privilege.

    • Dr.M.Otero

      I have heard that Israel overflies Saudi Arabia many times each week, but it is ignored.

  • Mayven

    Stupidest headline imaginable…so counter productive.
    IRAN would like nothing better.
    It just can’t happen. SAUDI ARUBIA pushes everyone and was complicit with 9/11 .
    DONT ever expect them watching your back.

    REPEAT: IT just can’t happen.

    Again.. media makes the news. It doesn’t report the news!!

  • Leo Toystory

    If the Saudis are not anxious to see a nuclear armed Iran then why must any concession be made detrimental to Israel’s security or historical birthright just to use Saudi air space? Let’s see a real contribution from the Saudis. How about the Saudi Air Force joins in? How about $500 million or $1 billion to help finance the mission? Maybe Obama might even consent to sell some of the biggest bunker-busters (which he won’t sell to Israel)to the Saudis? How about raising support from other countries for an Israeli/Saudi raid on Iran? Come on all you Saudi princes, step up to the plate.

  • Kris kristian

    May PM Netanyahu go to USA with the blessings of GOD

  • steven L

    Who is SA kidding?
    Unless Iran nuke program is rolled back, it will be a bad deal.

  • palestinians can be given land adjoining gaza

    • Dr.M.Otero

      Bibi knows how the game is played. We in Israel are getting tired of him, but we have no one else with his skills at survival. The Arab League will never accede to the existence of a Jewish state or a peace treaty. Under-standing that no Jew may live in a Muslim state. the so called Palestinian state must be Jew free according to Abbas. Israel is 20.7% Arab and very few would want to live in an Arab state. Israel is not as naive as little Red Ridinghood and it has Bibi to fight off the big bad wolf, Obama.

  • dante

    Bibi is, of course, right about the ineptitude and weakness of the administration but he needs to sit down and get a grip: Bibi has got to be very careful about the way that he describes the facts. at this point, there is a CONTEMPLATED deal but not a CONCLUDED deal. Bibi must distinguish between what can be described with certainty as fact and what is anticipated; he can do enormous damage to his credibility and his cause if he is not careful.

  • Signe Knapp

    So who leaked to the press? Whether it was Iranian or White House , the only purpose was to evoke a reaction from Israel , and not in a good way . All in all, Saudi response was a breath of fresh air after all the stink coming from the White House .

  • Ken

    Given what we have seen of Kerry’s intellect, we need to consider whether he understands the implications of everything the Iranians are saying to him and everything he is saying to them.

  • Gerald Grosslicht

    I never thought that I would ever say that Israel would be better off trusting the Saudis then our own current American Administration. My parents and I came to this country when I was almost (10) years old. My parents we’re die-hard “Truman & Stevenson” Democrats, but would turn over in their graves if they saw how this country has gone downhill in the last (6). Years!.
    What a shame that this administration has turned hostile towards the one democratic country, Israel, in the Middle East.

  • art

    THis is a bad idea. Besides not being able to trust the US or the saudis it gives the pa/plo/hamas veto power over any agreement. We also know that US guarantees, let alone “secret’ read deniable Saudi agreements are useless. Let the saudis and the eu and US clearly and publicly back and actively support Israel then maybe Israel may consider it

  • art

    Let the Saudis publicly join Israel, too often the secret agreements evaporate and the arabs (andUS0 leave Israel hanging out alone. If anyone believes that the US (OBAMA) can be trusted the person is either delusional or very dumb

  • Barry panensky

    Go for it BB

  • Pinchos Woolstone

    Why aren’t the Obama group sharing the agreement with Israel; what are they hiding.

  • al sheeber

    Don’t buy!

  • Mickey Oberman

    The Saudis may try to impose impossible conditions on Israel but they fear and know full well that they will be one of Iran’s primary targets.

    As Abba Eban said: “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to mis an opportunity.”
    They may be one of the most wealthy nations in the world but they are also one of the most humanistically backward of the world’s nations.