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Gulf states seek Israeli missile defense systems
Israel, UAE and US delegates meet in UAE / Photo: Reuters



29 Oct, 2020 22:28
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The missile attack on Saudi oil installations in 2019 helped push the UAE towards normalization with Israel.


The dilemma of sales of Israeli-made arms and defense technologies has sharpened with the signing of the peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain, and soon with Sudan. These agreements, it is estimated, should lead to substantial growth in defense exports to the Gulf states, which are among the world's largest weapons purchasers.
The dilemma will shortly reach a very significant juncture. Sources inform "Globes" that several Gulf states have expressed initial interest in buying electronic missile defense systems from Israel, as well as actual military hardware to defend oil installations against missile attack. According to a source familiar with the matter, the contacts are only at a preliminary stage.

Interest has been expressed in Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.'s Trophy active protection system for armored vehicles, and in systems for defense against missiles fired from drones, covering radar and other detection systems, electronic interference systems, and physical interception missiles.
These contacts are taking place against the background of the involvement of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the civil war in Yemen on the side of the government, against the Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. Forces of the Gulf states are fighting in this conflict in the air, on land, and by sea, and the Israeli systems could be very useful.
As far as missile defense is concerned, the interest is understandable after the attack on Saudi Arabian oil installations in September 2019, which was attributed to Iran. That attack put out of action half of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity for several days. Iranian "suicide" unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles were used in the attack, which played no small part in pushing the Gulf states towards rapprochement with Israel and in their desire for an official alliance against the common enemy, Iran.
If the expression of interest becomes an official approach, then three people will have to decide how to respond - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi. They will have to make a decision in principle, which will involve ascertaining the stance of the US on the matter, certainly regarding products developed jointly with the US. They will also have to take into account the risk of information on weapons systems being leaked to hostile elements.
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According to a defense source, the temptation to sell defensive weapons to the Gulf states is great. It would position Israeli weapons systems in Iran's backyard, and thus realize the huge advantage of the recent peace agreements. "Deployment of Israeli weapons systems, even defensive ones, completely changes the Israel-Iran equation, which up to now has contained a proximate threat only to Israel, through missiles held by Hezbollah and Islamist organizations in the Gaza Strip," the source said.

There is of course the economic aspect as well. According to SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Israeli arms exports reached $7.2 billion in 2019. Asia-Pacific countries account for 41% of the toal, Europe 26%, and North America 25%. India is a large importer, as are the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Azerbaijan (which is currently using Israeli weapons in the conflict with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh).
 

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Interest has been expressed in Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.'s Trophy active protection system for armored vehicles, and in systems for defense against missiles fired from drones, covering radar and other detection systems, electronic interference systems, and physical interception missiles.
Israel should thank Iran and it's support operations in Pakistan.
missile attacks are quite regular, Just few days back, i remember receiving a feed of another failed attack.
more likely target for that is probably Turkey not Iran
 

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Gulf states seek Israeli missile defense systems
Israel, UAE and US delegates meet in UAE / Photo: Reuters



29 Oct, 2020 22:28
Danny Zaken
The missile attack on Saudi oil installations in 2019 helped push the UAE towards normalization with Israel.


The dilemma of sales of Israeli-made arms and defense technologies has sharpened with the signing of the peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain, and soon with Sudan. These agreements, it is estimated, should lead to substantial growth in defense exports to the Gulf states, which are among the world's largest weapons purchasers.
The dilemma will shortly reach a very significant juncture. Sources inform "Globes" that several Gulf states have expressed initial interest in buying electronic missile defense systems from Israel, as well as actual military hardware to defend oil installations against missile attack. According to a source familiar with the matter, the contacts are only at a preliminary stage.

Interest has been expressed in Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.'s Trophy active protection system for armored vehicles, and in systems for defense against missiles fired from drones, covering radar and other detection systems, electronic interference systems, and physical interception missiles.
These contacts are taking place against the background of the involvement of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the civil war in Yemen on the side of the government, against the Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. Forces of the Gulf states are fighting in this conflict in the air, on land, and by sea, and the Israeli systems could be very useful.
As far as missile defense is concerned, the interest is understandable after the attack on Saudi Arabian oil installations in September 2019, which was attributed to Iran. That attack put out of action half of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity for several days. Iranian "suicide" unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles were used in the attack, which played no small part in pushing the Gulf states towards rapprochement with Israel and in their desire for an official alliance against the common enemy, Iran.
If the expression of interest becomes an official approach, then three people will have to decide how to respond - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi. They will have to make a decision in principle, which will involve ascertaining the stance of the US on the matter, certainly regarding products developed jointly with the US. They will also have to take into account the risk of information on weapons systems being leaked to hostile elements.
According to a defense source, the temptation to sell defensive weapons to the Gulf states is great. It would position Israeli weapons systems in Iran's backyard, and thus realize the huge advantage of the recent peace agreements. "Deployment of Israeli weapons systems, even defensive ones, completely changes the Israel-Iran equation, which up to now has contained a proximate threat only to Israel, through missiles held by Hezbollah and Islamist organizations in the Gaza Strip," the source said.

There is of course the economic aspect as well. According to SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Israeli arms exports reached $7.2 billion in 2019. Asia-Pacific countries account for 41% of the toal, Europe 26%, and North America 25%. India is a large importer, as are the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Azerbaijan (which is currently using Israeli weapons in the conflict with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh).
Seems the Islamic Revolution in Iran was the best thing Israel could ask for. It had unintended consequences of helping Israel have a breathing space in the region by diverting Arab focus on a new bigger enemy. 😁
 

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So the one who was your mortal enemy your going to request equipment that’s paramount for your nation security. I just don’t know where to bring with these morons.
 

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Arabs will always be morons. This cannot be changed.
I always believed theirs a limit to stupidity but it’s like with every action GCC & Co., top it without much effort.

It’s like Pakistan buying Teja’s from India.
 
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Israel should thank Iran and it's support operations in Pakistan.
missile attacks are quite regular, Just few days back, i remember receiving a feed of another failed attack.
Aww look the little filthy traitor to Pakistan who supports the Saudi/UAE sponsored terrorism in Pakistan and wants them to destroy Gwadar has an opinion.

Question for you. Why do you get pleasure when Pakistanis are killed by Saudi/UAE sponsored terrorists?
I always believed theirs a limit to stupidity but it’s like with every action GCC & Co., top it without much effort.

It’s like Pakistan buying Teja’s from India.
It's amazing how traitors in Pakistan blame everything on Iran while wanting UAE to destroy Gwadar. These people in Pakistan will immediately bend over for Israel.
 
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I always believed theirs a limit to stupidity but it’s like with every action GCC & Co., top it without much effort.

It’s like Pakistan buying Teja’s from India.
I'm simply amazed at the Arabs.....from defeating Persians and Byzantines to today...
 

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Seems the Islamic Revolution in Iran was the best thing Israel could ask for. It had unintended consequences of helping Israel have a breathing space in the region by diverting Arab focus on a new bigger enemy. 😁
Islamic revolution or not, I strongly doubt Iran would have continued good relation with Israel to date. Good relation with Israel was only possible because of Shah. He was a secular dictator and strongly pro-western. He did not represent Iranian national interests. If his overthrow brought secular democracy in Iran in 1979 still there was a strong chance that Iran would have taken similar path of Turkey which has gone from pro-Israel to anti-Israel under democratic power shift.

The main reason why Iran would have been unable to maintain good relation with Israel even without Islamic revolution is the fact that, Israel and it's lobby in US has imposed a cap on the Middle Eastern Muslim countries on how far they can improve their military power and regional influence. There is an American law ensuring Qualitative Military Edge(QME) for Israel which requires that every regional power in the Middle East to remain behind Israel. This is unacceptable for aspiring regional powers like Turkey and Iran. We often forget that throughout recorded History both Iran and Turkey were the center of great empires. Their people are proud about their national legacy and prefer independent foreign policy. They detest remaining under western shadow. So It would be totally unacceptable to their national psyche to take a lower seat than tiny Israel. So sooner or later, a clash of interest was inevitable with Israel.
 
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