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Silent ally: Is Saudi Arabia intercepting missiles for Israel?

2023-11-28T19:09:07.697Z

Highlights: Saudi Arabia is said to have intercepted rockets at Israel at least twice. The kingdom has not commented on the alleged support for Israel. Experts suspect that Saudi Arabia is pursuing its plan to normalize relations with Israel – despite the latter's military actions against Palestine and Hamas. A rapprochement between the Gulf states and Israel has been on the horizon for some time. The Iranian-backed and partially controlled Houthi militias are said to be responsible for the rockets fired at Israel. It is not clear whether and which side Saudi Arabia has chosen in the conflict.



Status: 28.11.2023, 19:56 PM

By: Nils Hinsberger

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Saudi Arabia is actually keeping a low profile in the war in Israel. Now the desert state of Israel has probably secretly provided support.

Tel Aviv – In the war in Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has probably already fended off air strikes on Israel several times, according to Spiegel information. The rockets fired from Yemen at Israel were shot down by the autocratic state's air defenses. This is a surprising decision, as Saudi Arabia is actually considered a supporter of the terrorist militia Hamas.

So far, the kingdom has not commented on the alleged support for Israel. Experts suspect that Saudi Arabia is pursuing its plan to normalize relations with Israel – despite the latter's military actions against Palestine and Hamas. A rapprochement between the Gulf states and Israel has been on the horizon for some time.

The desert state is said to have intercepted rockets at Israel at least twice. As Der Spiegel reports, once in the night of November 4 to 5 and once at the end of October. It is also possible that further actions by Saudi Arabia have taken place.

Saudi Arabia with its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has probably shot down missiles fired from Yemen at Israel several times. © ---/Saudi Press Agency/dpa/Archivbild

Saudi Arabia repelled missiles from the Houthi militias on Israel

The Iranian-backed and partially controlled Houthi militias are said to be responsible for the rockets fired at Israel. In addition to Saudi Arabia, soldiers of the US Navy are also said to have intercepted the missiles of the militias in the Red Sea. Earlier, missiles of the Houthi militia were fired at a warship of the US Navy after they responded to a distress call from a tanker that had probably been hijacked by armed persons.

In addition to the Houthi rebels, Iran also supports Hamas, which carried out the terrorist attack on Israel on October 7. This could also be the reason for the intervention of Saudi Arabia, which shows solidarity with the Palestinians but actually rejects Hamas.

Saudi Arabia has not yet commented

Although solidarity with Palestine is to a certain extent a principle of the kingdom, Iran, as the main supporter of Hamas, is at the same time the declared enemy of Saudi Arabia. This hostility may have contributed to the abandonment of basic neutrality in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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This conflict of interest could also be the reason for Saudi Arabia's secrecy about supporting Israel. It is not clear whether and which side Saudi Arabia has chosen in the conflict. Since the interception of the missiles, the kingdom has not yet commented. (nhi)

Source: merkur

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