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Israeli companies sell information and security equipment to Gulf

Image of an Israeli drone [file photo]
Israeli drone [file photo]

Israeli intelligence and commercial companies, specialised in trading data and security equipment, have disclosed exporting their services to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as well as Jordan and Egypt.

Valah FM, the Hebrew intelligence website, quoted Samuel Bar, the Israeli businessman and owner of IntuView, saying that: “The Arab boycott of Israel does not exist in reality.”

He added: “The Ministry of Security granted my company a license to export to Saudi Arabia.”  Saudi officials paid the company some visits more than two years ago to buy intelligence services in favour of the Saudi Monarch.

IntuView is an intelligence company based in the northern Israeli settlement of Herzlia (Tel Aviv) and sells security equipment in the United States and Europe.

The website also stated that two years ago an arms deal was sealed between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The sale consisted of Israeli drones which were transferred to Saudi Arabia via South Africa to hide the selling source; that is Israel.

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The CEO the Israeli company Arab Market, Irene Melloul, revealed the extensive commercial activities of his company with the GCC countries, in addition to Jordan and Egypt, explaining that trade with Arab nations is made with substantial discretion.

Melloul, who has been dealing with Arab countries for eight years, said that “the state with higher rates of commercial openness to Israeli entrepreneurs, according to his belief, is Saudi Arabia,” stressing that “Saudi Arabia has a robust market.”

Yossi Melman, a security and military analyst for Maariv, confirmed that Asia Global Technology, run by Israeli-American businessman Mati Kochavi, won a multi-million dollar contract for projects to maintain internal security in UAE.

The Hebrew media also pointed out that the Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, are heading more and more towards making deals with Israeli companies, noting that “a large cover of confidentiality hides the trade relations between Israeli companies and their Arab counterparts,” according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

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Bloomberg confirmed that the Arab boycott of Israel does not exist, noting that Tel Aviv sold Saudi Arabia military services,  guards oil wells and is providing Gulf countries with personal bodyguards.

Sources close to the intelligence committee in the US Congress recently revealed the use of Israeli-made weapons by Saudi forces in its military campaign against Yemen, the latest of which was the attack on the Houthi-controlled city Al-Hudaydah.

Previous reports and leaks have talked about secret talks between Israel and some Arab countries that consider Israel as a potential ally to face a threat posed by Iran and its allies in the region.

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