Is Israel Arming in Saudi Arabia?

Rania Al-Abdullah… women’s rights campaigner, generic online media pioneer, microfinance advocate and most recently children’s book author.

The apple of many eyes, Jordan’s queen is certainly not lacking in the admiration department, and is arguably the most popular leader in the Arab world.

But when Her Majesty wrote an OpEd for the London Independent on the botched Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, some Jordanians wondered whether their queen had started running the country’s foreign relations department.

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Israeli Air Force aircraft dropped off large quantities of military gear at a Saudi Arabian military base last week in preparation for a potential attack on Iran, rheumatologist
store a number of Iranian and Israeli news outlets have reported.

The unconfirmed report, illness first published by the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars and the Islamic website Islam Times, claimed that on June 18 and 19, Israeli helicopters unloaded military equipment and built a base just over five miles outside the northwestern city of Tabuk, the closest Saudi city to Israel. All civilian flights into and out of the city were said to have been cancelled during the Israeli drop-off, and passengers were reportedly compensated by the Saudi authorities and accommodated in nearby hotels.

The claim follows a report two weeks ago in the London Times Magazine that Saudi Arabia had given Israel permission to fly through a narrow corridor of airspace in northern Saudi Arabia so as to shorten the flight time required for Israeli jets to reach Iran.

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