Saudi Arabia ‘rejects Israeli offer to supply Iron Dome’

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Arab paper reports Jerusalem proposed to provide system against Yemen rockets, but Riyadh refused

By Times of Israel staff and AP May 23, 2015, 2:24 pm


An Iron Dome Missile Battery near Tel Aviv, on the first day of Operation Protective Edge, July 8, 2014. (Photo by Flash90)

Saudi Arabia recently rejected an Israeli offer to provide it with Iron Dome rocket defense technology, a London-based Arab newspaper reported Saturday.

According to an article in Rai al-Youm, Israel conveyed the proposal to Saudi officials via American diplomats stationed in Jordan, as a means to combat rocket attacks by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

The report stated that the Saudis turned down the offer for unspecified reasons.

There was no confirmation of the report by any official sources.

Israel’s Iron Dome system has been used in recent years to intercept and destroy rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. It has proven highly effective in protecting the civilian population from the rocekt threat.

The system was used extensively during 2014’s summer war in Gaza. According to official IDF figures, it intercepted roughly 90 percent of the projectiles it targeted during the war, including rockets fired at Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv region.

The Houthis have occasionally carried out cross-border attacks from Yemen’s Saada province, which borders Saudi Arabia and serves as the rebels’ home base. Yahia al-Qahtani, the spokesman for the Saudi civil defense authority in the southern Saudi border region of Jizan, said on Friday that a child was killed and three other children wounded when missiles from inside Yemen struck their village a day earlier.

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against the Shiite rebels, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital.

Residents of Sanaa awoke to the sound of explosions early Friday morning as warplanes targeted weapons caches in Noqum mountain, sending up bursts of flames and columns of smoke.

Yemen’s war pits forces loyal to the country’s exiled president against the Houthis and allied military units. In Saada province on Friday, a new front in the war appeared to have opened as heavily armed pro-government tribesmen began advancing on the city of Saada — the capital of Saada province and the stronghold of the Houthi rebels, according to military officials and tribesmen.

The UN is planning to hold peace talks in Geneva at the end of May and the organization has urged all rival parties to participate. So far, the rebels have expressed support for the talks while the internationally recognized government-in-exile has said it would only participate if the rebels withdraw from cities they occupy — including the capital..
Saudi Arabia 'rejects Israeli offer to supply Iron Dome' | The Times of Israel
 
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Arab paper reports Jerusalem proposed to provide system against Yemen rockets, but Riyadh refused

Saudi Arabia recently rejected an Israeli offer to provide it with Iron Dome rocket defense technology, a London-based Arab newspaper reported Saturday.
Abdel Bari Atwan the head of Rai al-Youm newspaper was the guy who published this fabricated story. Later translated by Times of Israel.

These are two sides of the same coin. Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel as A state let alone engaging in arms deals.
 
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Abdel Bari Atwan the head of Rai al-Youm newspaper was the guy who published this fabricated story. Later translated by Times of Israel.

These are two sides of the same coin. Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel as A state let alone engaging in arms deals.
after op decisive storm its clear that Atwan is on irans payroll
listen to the rat

 
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Arab paper reports Jerusalem proposed to provide system against Yemen rockets, but Riyadh refused

By Times of Israel staff and AP May 23, 2015, 2:24 pm


An Iron Dome Missile Battery near Tel Aviv, on the first day of Operation Protective Edge, July 8, 2014. (Photo by Flash90)

Saudi Arabia recently rejected an Israeli offer to provide it with Iron Dome rocket defense technology, a London-based Arab newspaper reported Saturday.

According to an article in Rai al-Youm, Israel conveyed the proposal to Saudi officials via American diplomats stationed in Jordan, as a means to combat rocket attacks by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

The report stated that the Saudis turned down the offer for unspecified reasons.

There was no confirmation of the report by any official sources.

Israel’s Iron Dome system has been used in recent years to intercept and destroy rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. It has proven highly effective in protecting the civilian population from the rocekt threat.

The system was used extensively during 2014’s summer war in Gaza. According to official IDF figures, it intercepted roughly 90 percent of the projectiles it targeted during the war, including rockets fired at Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv region.

The Houthis have occasionally carried out cross-border attacks from Yemen’s Saada province, which borders Saudi Arabia and serves as the rebels’ home base. Yahia al-Qahtani, the spokesman for the Saudi civil defense authority in the southern Saudi border region of Jizan, said on Friday that a child was killed and three other children wounded when missiles from inside Yemen struck their village a day earlier.

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against the Shiite rebels, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital.

Residents of Sanaa awoke to the sound of explosions early Friday morning as warplanes targeted weapons caches in Noqum mountain, sending up bursts of flames and columns of smoke.

Yemen’s war pits forces loyal to the country’s exiled president against the Houthis and allied military units. In Saada province on Friday, a new front in the war appeared to have opened as heavily armed pro-government tribesmen began advancing on the city of Saada — the capital of Saada province and the stronghold of the Houthi rebels, according to military officials and tribesmen.

The UN is planning to hold peace talks in Geneva at the end of May and the organization has urged all rival parties to participate. So far, the rebels have expressed support for the talks while the internationally recognized government-in-exile has said it would only participate if the rebels withdraw from cities they occupy — including the capital..
Saudi Arabia &[HASHTAG]#039[/HASHTAG];rejects Israeli offer to supply Iron Dome&[HASHTAG]#039[/HASHTAG]; | The Times of Israel
I wonder if the public refusal was accompanied with a private acceptance, or at least continued negotiations. If Israel can make such an offer to the Saudis, why can they not make peace overtures to Iran? With the threat of ISIL, there is a window of opportunity for peace, provided that Israel actual wants peace. Unfortunately, the parliamentary system in Israel allows radicals in Israel to form coalitions with greedy politicians who are willing to risk the lives of tens or even hundreds of millions of people for power. They fail to recognize that they may well be among those who die. I see that the Saudis may acquire nukes to counter-balance the nuclear arsenal of Israel, under the premise of balancing the non-existent Iranian arsenal.
 
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If this was to be true,it would never have been made public(unacceptable for the ''Muslim'' world).
So,it cant be true under no circumstances.
 
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I think Saudi Arabia must be careful about the message that it sends to the rest of the Arab world if they indeed had dealings of this sort with Israel of all nations. I wouldn't trust the Israelis either if I where a Muslim country.
 
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The iron dome is an amazing piece of technology, but it is not economically viable. The enemy fires some crappy missle which cost them $10K, every iron dome missile costs $50K so that means for a cost of $10K you are causing the user to spend $50K. This also assumes that the system hits the incoming missile every time.

To the best of my knowledge it has never been tested with 100+ incoming missiles. So enemy fires $1 million worth of missiles, how many will the iron dome hit ? How many will still get through ?

Wars are won by economics, smart choice by Saudi.
 
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