On Monday November 18, 2013, Saudi Arabia made it clear to the world that no partnerships were being made with Israel with the intent to go against Iran. Both Israeli and Saudi Arabian governments are known to be unhappy with the prospect of Iran gaining the right to have nuclear energy, but they are far from having any kind of partnership. Saudi Arabia supports the right or return for Palestinians, which has caused tensions between the two countries. These tensions would make it difficult for the two countries to come to any partnership regarding Iran.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quoted saying that the fact that Israel and other Arab countries agree on not letting Iran have nuclear energy is “one of the few cases in memory, if not the first case in modern times” that Israel has come to any agreement with Arab countries. However, the Saudi Arabian government is determined to let the world know that they are in no way looking to have relations with Israel. The Saudi Arabian powers will not be letting Israel use their air space to fight Iran at any point in the near future.
Why is Saudi Arabia so determined to let the world know that they have no relations with Israel? Are they afraid they will be rejected by the rest of the Arab world if they are found to have any kind of partnership with Israel?
Would an alliance with Israel have the potential to help Saudi Arabia in their fight against Iran’s nuclear development?