Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to allow Israeli fighter jets use its national airspace to attack Iran when necessary, in exchange for Israel making progress in peace talks with Palestine, a senior European Official says, according to the Jerusalem Post (JPost) and the Times of Israel.
Saudi Arabia has expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran — which includes using Saudi Arabia’s airspace by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for possible air strikes on Iran — during private meetings with European officials, both the JPost and the Times of Israel report, citing a report by Israel’s Channel 2 television.
“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official said, according to the Times of Israel.
According to the JPost report Saudi officials said that such cooperation would require progress in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians “before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space”.
“The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary,” the TV report said, according to the Times of Israel.
By using Saudi airspace, this would mean that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) would have the ability to strike Tehran at a much shorter distance, without having to fly around the Persian Gulf.
Although Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, there have been numerous unconfirmed reports of a possible coordination of the two nations against Iran.