A well-known Saudi prince, Prince Turki al-Faisal, said to senior US and British military leaders that Saudi Arabia will be forced to acquire nuclear weapons of Iran does so, according to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
Well it’s a pitty of Saudi Arabia want to get nuclear weapon just to fight Iran. Not Israel.
Saudi Arabia also gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites. Is Saudi Arabia now an Israelis’ Dog? Instead of fighting the Jews that occupied Palestine and Masjidil Aqsa, fighting other Muslims and defending Israel?
Saudi Arabia (together with other Arab Nation, US and Europe) has supported Saddam Hussein to attack Iran in Iran-Iraq War. In that war, 2 million Muslims have died.
Why Saudi Arabia wage war against other Muslims instead of Israel? If 1/10 from the 2 million Muslims that died in Iran-Iraq war used to fight Israel, Masjidil Aqsa will be in the hand of Islam now.
The Christians (US and Europe) slaughter millions of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Jews slaughtered millions of Muslims in Palestine. Allah has warned Muslims against the Jews and the Christians:
“The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” [Al Fatihah 7]
“And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah (Himself) is Guidance. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, then wouldst thou have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper.” [Al Baqarah 120]
So, why the King and the Princes (such as Prince Turki al-Faisal) make friend with the Jews and the Christians and kill other Muslims?
June 12, 2010
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
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Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.
To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.
“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”
Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one.
The four main targets for any raid on Iran would be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets include the lightwater reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete.
The targets lie as far as 1,400 miles (2,250km) from Israel; the outer limits of their bombers’ range, even with aerial refuelling. An open corridor across northern Saudi Arabia would significantly shorten the distance. An airstrike would involve multiple waves of bombers, possibly crossing Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Aircraft attacking Bushehr, on the Gulf coast, could swing beneath Kuwait to strike from the southwest.
Passing over Iraq would require at least tacit agreement to the raid from Washington. So far, the Obama Administration has refused to give its approval as it pursues a diplomatic solution to curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Military analysts say Israel has held back only because of this failure to secure consensus from America and Arab states. Military analysts doubt that an airstrike alone would be sufficient to knock out the key nuclear facilities, which are heavily fortified and deep underground or within mountains. However, if the latest sanctions prove ineffective the pressure from the Israelis on Washington to approve military action will intensify. Iran vowed to continue enriching uranium after the UN Security Council imposed its toughest sanctions yet in an effort to halt the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, which Tehran claims is intended for civil energy purposes only. President Ahmadinejad has described the UN resolution as “a used handkerchief, which should be thrown in the dustbin”.
Israeli officials refused to comment yesterday on details for a raid on Iran, which the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has refused to rule out. Questioned on the option of a Saudi flight path for Israeli bombers, Aharaon Zeevi Farkash, who headed military intelligence until 2006 and has been involved in war games simulating a strike on Iran, said: “I know that Saudi Arabia is even more afraid than Israel of an Iranian nuclear capacity.”
In 2007 Israel was reported to have used Turkish air space to attack a suspected nuclear reactor being built by Iran’s main regional ally, Syria. Although Turkey publicly protested against the “violation” of its air space, it is thought to have turned a blind eye in what many saw as a dry run for a strike on Iran’s far more substantial — and better-defended — nuclear sites.
Israeli intelligence experts say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are at least as worried as themselves and the West about an Iranian nuclear arsenal.Israel has sent missile-class warships and at least one submarine capable of launching a nuclear warhead through the Suez Canal for deployment in the Red Sea within the past year, as both a warning to Iran and in anticipation of a possible strike. Israeli newspapers reported last year that high-ranking officials, including the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, have met their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the Iranian issue. It was also reported that Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, met Saudi intelligence officials last year to gain assurances that Riyadh would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during the bombing run. Both governments have denied the reports.
Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns
Prospect of a nuclear conflict in the Middle East is raised by senior diplomat and member of the Saudi ruling family
Jason Burke in Riyadh
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 29 June 2011 17.19 BST
Prince Turki al-Faisal: he said that if Iran came close to developing nuclear weapons Riyadh would not stand idly by. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images
A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, warned senior Nato military officials that the existence of such a device “would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences”.
He did not state explicitly what these policies would be, but a senior official in Riyadh who is close to the prince said yesterday his message was clear.
“We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don’t. It’s as simple as that,” the official said. “If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit.”
Officials in Riyadh said that Saudi Arabia would reluctantly push ahead with its own civilian nuclear programme. Peaceful use of nuclear power, Turki said, was the right of all nations.
Turki was speaking earlier this month at an unpublicised meeting at RAF Molesworth, the airbase in Cambridgeshire used by Nato as a centre for gathering and collating intelligence on the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
According to a transcript of his speech obtained by the Guardian, Turki told his audience that Iran was a “paper tiger with steel claws” that was “meddling and destabilising” across the region.
“Iran … is very sensitive about other countries meddling in its affairs. But it should treat others like it expects to be treated. The kingdom expects Iran to practise what it preaches,” Turki said.
Turki holds no official post in Saudi Arabia but is seen as an ambassador at large for the kingdom and a potential future foreign minister,
Diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian last year revealed that King Abdullah, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since 2005, had privately warned Washington in 2008 that if Iran developed nuclear weapons “everyone in the region would do the same, including Saudi Arabia”.
Saudi Arabian diplomats and officials have launched a serious campaign in recent weeks to rally global and regional powers against Iran, fearful that their country’s larger but poorer regional rival is exploiting the Arab Spring to gain influence in the region and within the kingdom itself.
Turki also accused Iran of interfering in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and in the Gulf state of Bahrain, where Saudi troops were deployed this year as part of a Gulf Co-operation Council force following widespread protests from those calling for greater democratic rights.
Though there has previously been little public comment from Riyadh on developments in Syria, Turki told his audience at Molesworth that President Bashar al-Assad “will cling to power till the last Syrian is killed”.
Syria presents a dilemma for Saudi policymakers: although they would prefer not to see popular protest unseat another regime in the region, they view the Damascus regime, which is dominated by members of Syria’s Shia minority, as a proxy for Iran.
“The loss of life [in Syria] in the present internal struggle is deplorable. The government is woefully deficient in its handling of the situation,” Turki said at the Molesworth meeting, which took place on 8 June.
Though analysts say demonstrations in Bahrain were not sectarian in nature, two senior Saudi officials in Riyadh said this week that Tehran had mobilised the largely Shia protesters against the Sunni rulers of the Gulf state. Iran has a predominantly Shia population. Around 15% of Saudis are Shia. The officials described this minority, which suffers extensive discrimination despite recent attempts at reform, as “vulnerable to external influence”.
Though there has been negligible unrest internally, Saudi Arabia has been shaken by the events across the Arab world in recent months and has watched anxiously as a number of allies – such as President Hosni Mubarak – have been ousted or have found themselves in grave difficulties. President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen is being treated in a Saudi Arabian hospital for wounds caused by a mysterious blast that forced him to leave his country this month.
The former Tunisian ruler Zine al-Abedine ben Ali, whose relations with Riyadh were complex, is reported to have been housed in a luxurious villa in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah after he fled his homeland for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi officials admitted that decision-makers in Saudi Arabia were “not keen” on demonstrators ousting governments, but said they were “even less keen on killing and massacres”.
Turki also warned that al-Qaida has been able to create “a sanctuary not unlike Pakistan’s tribal areas” in Yemen.
Saudi Arabian foreign policy historically has been pro-western, although differences have emerged with the United States in recent years. The Arab Spring has also caused some tension, with the deployment of troops in Bahrain opposed by Washington.
There has also been conflict following western charges that the kingdom has exported radical strands of Islam around the Muslim world.Turki said that “in all areas, Islam must play a central yet development role” and insisted that “closer monitoring” now ensured that funds raised in the kingdom “were not misused”.
Internally, Saudi Arabia faced problems because of the youthfulness of its population, radicalism and different sectarian identities, Turki said.
Senior officials at the ministry of interior in Riyadh said that Iran was using ideology to “penetrate” the Arabian peninsula “in the same way al-Qaida did”.
Turki also reiterated a long-standing Saudi call for a nuclear free zone in the Middle East, which would include both Iran and Israel and would be enforced by the United Nations security council.
The prince said sanctions against Iran were working. He welcomed the consensus in Washington that military strikes against Tehran would be counterproductive.
Analysts said that Turki’s words about developing nuclear arms may have been intended to focus western attention on Saudi concerns about their regional rival rather than to indicate any kind of definite decision by Riyadh because the practical and diplomatic obstacles of doing so would be immense.
William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary said that Iran has recently conducted covert tests of ballistic missiles as well as at least three secret tests of medium-range ballistic missiles since October.
Iran and the west remain in dispute over its nuclear programme. The US and its allies insist Tehran aims to develop atomic weapons, a charge that Iran rejects.
SAUDI PRINCE WARNS IRAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. By Ray Moseley
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Prince Turki al-Faisal was a former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. (File photo)
By RAY MOSELEY
AL ARABIYA LONDON
A well-known Saudi prince has given a broad hint to senior US and British military leaders that Saudi Arabia will be forced to acquire nuclear weapons of Iran does so, according to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, believed to be a prospective foreign minister, made the disclosure at a closed meeting held at RAF Molesworth, one of three British bases used by American forces since World War II. It is now a NATO intelligence center dealing with the Mediterranean and Middle East.
“Iran (developing) a nuclear weapon would compel Saudi Arabia…to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences,” the prince was quoted as saying.
“If they successfully pursue a military program, we will have to follow suit.”
Guardian correspondent Jason Burke said he did not specifically say Saudi Arabia would acquire nuclear weapons of Iran does. But he quoted a senior Saudi adviser as telling the Guardian it would be “inconceivable that there would be a day when Iran had a nuclear weapon and Saudi Arabia did not.”
The report lends weight to a WikiLeaks disclosure last year of diplomatic cables stating that Saudi King Abdullah privately warned Washington in 2008 that if Iran developed nuclear weapons, “everyone in the region would do the same, including Saudi Arabia.”
A former intelligence chief and former ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki was reported to have called the loss of life in Syria during the current uprising against President Bashar Al Assad as “deplorable.”
“The government is woefully deficient in its handling of the situation,” he said, but added that President Assad “will cling to power till the last Syrian is killed.”
The Guardian said Saudi officials in Riyadh were “not keen” on demonstrators ousting governments, but “even less keen on killing and massacres.”
The Guardian said it had obtained a transcript of Prince Turki’s speech, in which he warned that military strikes to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons would be “counterproductive.” He said sanctions against the Tehran regime were working.
The prince was reported to have said that an alternative to military strikes would be to “squeeze” Iran’s profits from oil, something the Saudis could do with their spare pumping capacity.
The newspaper said Saudi Arabia is reported to have an “option” on acquiring Pakistan’s nuclear capability, in event of Iran getting the bomb, in return for Saudi financing of Pakistan for several decades.
Prince Faisal was reported to have made clear that Saudi Arabia was using its vast oil wealth to minimize potential ill-will toward Riyadh among populations whose authoritarian rulers have been backed by Saudi Arabia.
It has spent $2.5 billion since 2006 in Lebanon to counter Syrian influence and the Shia Hezbollah movement, and Prince Turki said several billion more will go to Palestinians. Saudi Arabia also has offered $4 billion in aid to Egypt. He said that stands “in stark comparison to the conditional loans that the US and Europe have promised.”
Before his downfall, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak enjoyed strong support from Saudi Arabia.
Prince Turki was reported to have reiterated a long-standing Saudi appeal for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, embracing Iran and Israel and enforced by the United Nations Security Council.
He also touched on the troubles in Yemen and said that country’s more remote tribal areas had become a safe haven for terrorism comparable to Pakistan’s tribal areas.
(Ray Moseley is a London-based former chief European correspondent of the Chicago Tribune and has worked extensively in the Middle East. He can be reached at email@example.com.)
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