As the international community continues debating the merit of economic sanctions against Israel, Saudi Arabia has passed a message to Israel via the United States that any IDF planes crossing into its airspace will be shot down. It appears the message was given to government leaders during a recent visit by senior American officials to Jerusalem, most likely by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
There is ongoing speculation regarding such an attack, particularly regarding the aerial route, if Saudi Arabia will permit IAF jets to enter its airspace or perhaps a more direct route, over Jordan and Iraq.
A former US secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld recently released statements that he believes Israeli intelligence regarding Iran is accurate, and despite the opinion of the US administration, the Iranian threat is greater than perceived by the international community. Rumsfeld also signaled that if he were in Israel’s place, he too would not favor informing the United States ahead of an attack under current realities.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)