The Iron Dome system, which was unveiled in 2011 during the Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip, was developed and is manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and the state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems military contractor, and has enjoyed heavy investment by the USA.
Israel issued a denial Thursday of a report that it inked a deal to sell the Iron Dome missile defense system to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The denial comes as the Saudis continue to spend billions on weaponry since locking itself into a quagmire in its war of aggression on Yemen, where it has led a F-UK-US coalition against the Ansarullah popular forces, or Houthi movement since 2015.
Riyadh wants to control the oil shipping lane, which passes through the Bab-al Mandeb Strait from the Red Sea, situated between Yemen, Djibouti and Erythraea.
However, Saudi border has a big tactical problem with Yemen, where multiple projectiles and ballistic missiles have been launched by Houthi forces toward military targets in Saudi-controlled territory.
The Israelis had originally vowed not to sell the missile system to neighboring Arab countries, given Tel Aviv’s long-term “interests in the region,” according to the report. U.S. officials’ persistent demands at a “secret tripartite meetings that took place in Washington” eventually compelled Tel Aviv to complete the deal, sources added.
Since 2015, the Saudi kingdom has led a ruinous war titled Operation Decisive Storm on the Yemeni nation in a bid to foist a puppet regime on the neighboring country and to crush the Ansarullah movement, which it accuses of being an armed proxy of Iran.
The dire extent of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the war, in which tens of thousands of preventable deaths through biological warfare, and chronic illness continue to extract a horrific toll on the suffering people of Yemen is outrageous.
Owing to the unflagging morale and popular support of Yemeni troops and their Houthi allies, however, the Saudis and their junior partners have failed to make headway and have instead sunk into the quicksand of a prolonged occupation effort.
In the meantime, the Saudis have complained that they have been targeted by over 190 missile attacks launched from Yemen, which have mainly targeted military positions in southern Saudi Arabia.
As a result of Sunni Saudi Arabia’s fear of Shi’ite Iran and Tehran’s alleged “proxies” in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, Riyadh has also sought to make common cause with Israel and the extreme pro-Zionist administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic ties. Yet last year Israeli military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot gave a shocking interview to a Saudi newspaper, in which he strongly advocated an Israeli-Saudi alliance versus Iran and its alleged “assets” in the Middle East through the sharing of classified intelligence and other means.
Such messaging, as well as the behind-the-scenes dealings between Tel Aviv and a couple of Arab capitals, led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to claim last month that “many Arab countries now see Israel not as their enemy but as their indispensable ally.”
But the fact of the matter is that a mere three (UAE/Morocco/Saudi-Arabia) out of the 22 Arab League members have serious diplomatic relations with the Israeli Apartheid regime. Other African Arab countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia have experienced their fair share.
Mint Press News / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.