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Israel offers Iron Dome technology to Saudi Arabia: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A picture shows an Israeli Iron Dome missile system. © AFP

A report says Israel has offered to provide its Iron Dome missile system technology to Saudi Arabia in order for the Saudi military to employ it on the border region with Yemen, amid the kingdom’s ongoing deadly military aggression against the impoverished neighbor.

According to a Saturday report by the Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm on Saturday, the offer was made last week during meetings between Saudis and Israelis at the US embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

A report, published on May 19 by the Arabic website of Israeli radio station Voice of Israel, said diplomats from certain Arab counties that do not have open diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime had a secret meeting with Israeli officials in Jordan.

During the purported meeting, the Arab representatives expressed their relevant states’ interest in cooperating with Israel over “security” matters in the Middle East.

According to the UK-based Rai al-Youm, Saudi Arabia has purportedly rejected the Israeli offer.

A spokesman for the Jordanian government, meanwhile, said that he had no knowledge of the meetings at the US embassy in Amman.

Iron Dome is a short-range missile system designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of four to 70 kilometers.

The report comes as Saudi Arabia continues the bombardment of Yemeni towns and cities.

Riyadh started the military aggression against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital, Sana’a, and other major provinces, and to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

A Yemeni woman walks amid the rubble of houses destroyed by an April Saudi airstrike on a residential area in the capital, Sana’a, May 18, 2015. © AFP

The United Nations says that, since March 19, over 1,800 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict in Yemen, which was exacerbated by the Saudi airstrikes.

Earlier in May, Iranian Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, warned that Saudi Arabia has launched a proxy war against Yemen on behalf of the United States and the Israeli regime.

Elaborating on the way the United States and its allies instigate violence in other countries, the Iranian official added that they do not involve themselves in the fights directly and entrust the task to “some countries or some terrorist groups.”


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