Saudis deny giving Israel air corridor

June 13, 2010

On Saturday night, I blogged a Times of London report that indicated that ‘our friends the Saudis’ had decided to give Israel an air corridor to fly over on the way to an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Saudis are now denying that story (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

Earlier Saturday, the Times reported that Saudi Arabia has practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow Israeli warplanes passage on their way to attack Iran’s nuclear installations, adding that the Saudis have allocated a narrow corridor of airspace in the north of the country.
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi envoy to the U.K. speaking to the London-based Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, denied that report, saying such a move “would be against the policy adopted and followed by the Kingdom.”
According to Asharq al-Awsat report, bin Nawaf reiterated the Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any violation of its territories or airspace, adding that it would be “illogical to allow the Israeli occupying force, with whom Saudi Arabia has no relations whatsoever, to use its land and airspace.”

Well, what did you expect them to say? Did you think they would confirm it? Did you think they would practice ‘air corridor ambiguity’? Any reporter who actually expected the Saudis to confirm that story is a moron. In fact, when the time comes, if Israel does fly over Saudi Arabia, look for some kind of story about how Israel fooled the Saudi air defenses (for which the US will be at least partly to blame). What do these reporters expect? Good grief….