Israel wants a powerless Saudi ally

The Qatari news website The New Khalij reports that the Israeli regime is opposed to Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of a nuclear reactor from the United States for fear of the kingdom’s rise to power.

In an analysis entitled “Israel wants a Saudi ally without the attributes of power”, the site examines the Israeli regime’s opposition to “the nuclearization of Saudi Arabia” and its access to this deterrent force.

“Israeli leaders welcome the steps taken by the countries of the Persian Gulf towards normalizing relations with Tel Aviv, and in particular by Riyadh, which publicly expressed its enthusiasm at the Warsaw Summit. But this enthusiasm is in contradiction with their efforts to curb Saudi Arabia’s rise to power,” the article’s introduction states.

While the Hebrew media are controversially discussing the initiative of the Democratic and Republican representatives of the US Congress who have disclosed the licenses granted to US companies to sell nuclear reactors for peaceful purposes to Saudi Arabia, it is forgotten that the first stone of opposition to Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of the nuclear reactor was launched by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the same man who boasted of having developed its relations with the Saudi kingdom over the past two years.

A year ago, the Israeli media were closely following Netanyahu’s efforts and, in his many discussions with Donald Trump and members of his administration, wanted to persuade them not to sell nuclear reactors and F-35 jet aircraft in Riyadh.

Netanyahu justifies his opposition, explains the site, by arguing that the Riyadh regime is unstable and likely to fall, which increases the risk of “extremists” gaining access to Saudi capabilities.

On the basis of this argument, the National Security Research Institute (NSRI) called on Tel Aviv’s political leaders to instruct Israeli intelligence services to collect information on Saudi Arabia, fearing that Israel would face “sudden changes” that would destabilize the Riyadh regime.

Things do not stop there: in Israel, there are rumours that the option of a pre-emptive strike against Saudi Arabia should not be ruled out, if the kingdom succeeds in implementing its nuclear project.

The editor of Israel Defense magazine, linked to the Israeli intelligence service, said in an article published on Wednesday that according to the security doctrines put in place by former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, it is necessary to conduct in-depth air operations in Saudi Arabia in order to prevent it from accessing military and potentially nuclear power.

The New Khalij reports that under this approach, Israel considers the development of Arabia’s ballistic arsenal to be “extremely dangerous”, which requires Israel to ensure that missiles acquired by Riyadh (particularly from China, with a range of 5,000 km) cannot carry a nuclear warhead.

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Although Saudi Arabia does not have any submarines, Israel is concerned about its plans to acquire them. And for good reason: a submarine can carry nuclear missiles.

Tel Aviv also fears the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The use of Islamabad’s nuclear power and Riyadh’s recent economic contracts are fuelling its fears.

On the rail project that will link Jordan to Saudi Arabia, Israel Defense magazine reported that the real objective of the project was to transfer uranium extracted from the southern Jordanian desert to be used in the eventual Saudi nuclear project.

Netanyahu avoids hasty provocations against Saudi Arabia, the site notes. But it is clear that the steps taken by the US Congress to pass laws prohibiting the US government from selling nuclear reactors are directly linked to the underlying manoeuvres of the Israeli Prime Minister and the Jewish lobby.

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