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Israel ‘is selling nuclear information’ to Saudi Arabia

May 31, 2018 at 10:28 am

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in New York, US on 27 March 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

Western security agencies believe that Israel is selling nuclear information to Saudi Arabia, Arabi21 has reported. According to Israeli writer Ami Dor-on, such information will give the government in Riyadh nuclear weapons capabilities. Writing on the News One website, Dor-on said that the joint intention is to make sure that Iran will not be the only country in the region that possesses such weapons which threaten the security and safety of the Kingdom.

“This information should shock us,” he said, “as we see the world is changing for the worse, following the race for the possession of nuclear weapons that pass right over our heads in the Middle East.” Saudi Arabia no longer conceals its wish to develop nuclear weapons, the writer added.

However, General Amos Yadlin, former chief of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate, has suggested that the Saudis would not wait to get nuclear capabilities. “They will go to Pakistan, and take whatever they want,” he claimed.

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Pakistan is a country with expertise in the nuclear field, Dor-on explained. “It has shown its willingness to transfer nuclear expertise and capabilities to Saudi Arabia within a month if the arms race in the Middle East intensifies.” Apparently the former US President Barack Obama was told in 2012 about the strong possibility of the Saudis pursuing nuclear capabilities should Iran ever do so.

“It can be assumed that Israel may take the initiative to develop Saudi Arabia’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,” Dor-on pointed out, “and not leave it solely to Pakistan, given the growing Saudi-Israeli relations.”

While Pakistan could clearly simply transfer a nuclear bomb to Saudi Arabia, that would not be Israel’s intention. “Israel may transfer information and nuclear expertise to the Kingdom that would enable it to develop its advanced capabilities in this specific area,” Dor-on clarified. “Yadlin’s comments as a senior Israeli intelligence official gives credibility to the leaks of the Western intelligence services.”

The Saudi government is said to be confident that Washington under President Donal Trump would not oppose Israel’s assistance in the nuclear field if this puts more pressure on Tehran.

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