Riyadh: The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly conducted several tests to create a clear path for Israeli bombers to carry out any possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
According to Timesonline, following the UN Security Council’s imposition of new sanctions on Tehran, Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace to shorten the distance for any bombing.
“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” Timesonline quoted a US defence source, as saying.
“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,” the source added.
The primary targets for any raid on Iran could be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak.
Secondary targets could include the lightwater reactor at Bushehr.
The difficult part is that the targets lie as far as 2,250 kilometres from Israel, which are beyond the limits of their bombers’ range, even with aerial refueling, the report said.
Israel can significantly shorten the distance with the help of an open corridor in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, last year, it was reported that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had met his Saudi Arabian counterpart to discuss the Iran issue.