Israel to join defense pact with Saudi Arabia?

Sunday, May 05, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

There might be something of a silver lining to Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, as a British newspaper reports that Israel could soon join a defensive alliance with Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Savvy readers will recognize the last two nations in that list as not currently having diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. The forging of such a pact could drastically alter Israel's position among its Arab neighbors.

The deal is being brokered by the Obama Administration, according to an Israeli official cited by London's Sunday Times, and would provide Israel with access to radar stations across the region in exchange for Israeli anti-missile technology.

The Sunni Muslim states are openly opposed to Shiite Iran attaining nuclear weapons and shifting the balance of power in the region.

While the scheme might have positive diplomatic repercussions for Israel vis-a-vis the Arab states, it could also signal that Washington is resigning itself to Iran going nuclear, and is instead looking to a policy of containment.

Israel has repeatedly stated that an atomic weapon in the hands of Iran's mullahs is an unacceptable scenario that the Jewish state and its allies must do everything possible to prevent.

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