“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.
“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and allowing the Islamic Republic to continue its nuclear program.” Israel Times, Nov 17
The Times article also reported that Jordan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates might be in on the attack as well.
A war with Iran, with or without U.S. participation, would be a disaster for the world economy. More importantly, it would compound the level of continued suffering by Arabs and Iranians since attack on Iran by Saddam Hussein’s forces.
Is this serious? We don’t know but to be so, Israeli and Saudi leadership are delusional. The blowback for both nations would be immediate and devastating; and that’s blowback from major powers.
The Israel right or wrong public sentiment vanished from the United States some time ago. That change was made official in a University of Maryland poll in 2012. A strong majority of the U.S. electorate opposed any assistance to Israel if Israel attacked Iran and Iran fought back. That’s right, none.
Crashing the world economy would hardly endear Israel to the United States. AIPAC doesn’t have the money to buy Israel’s way out of that.
As for the corrupt Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a military action with Israel would finish any influence the oil oligarchs might ever have in the Middle East. It would provide the Shias in the resource rich provinces the incentive they need to engage in some serious struggles against the oppression they suffer.
We could also expect to see the emergence of one of those Arab Spring regime change efforts sponsored by U.S. intel aimed at toppling the regime.
The story originated in the Rupert Murdoch Times. Murdoch is a pro Israel propagandist. In this case, the Israelis and Saudis may be threatening this sort of action in order to derail or otherwise influence the U.S.-EU negotiations with Iran.
This is a direct affront to the United States, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Will they take it sitting down? Maybe, if there’s already a deal in place with Iran for the next meeting and those powers intend to tell the Saudis and Israelis to stop the threats.
Meanwhile, the serious problems facing the United States and the world are put on hold for this violent paranoia.
Thanks to Brian Downing for the heads up.