Saudi Arabia Confirms Assisting in Defense of Israel Against Iranian Attack

By Yoni Weiss

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)

Saudi Arabia on Monday confirmed its involvement in assisting a regional military coalition, which includes Israel, the United States, Jordan, the United Kingdom, and France, to counter an Iranian attack aimed at Israel. This confirmation appeared on the royal family’s official website, referring to a report by Kan News detailing the Saudi role in the defensive operation that successfully neutralized 99% of the Iranian drones and missiles before they reached their targets.

Given the geographic trajectory, many of these drones and missiles traversed Jordanian and Saudi airspace en route to Israel. While Jordan has openly acknowledged its participation, Saudi Arabia had previously only hinted at its involvement indirectly through a story published on its royal website. This story conveyed information from a source within the Saudi royal family to Kan News, noting that Saudi Arabian defense systems automatically engage with “any suspicious entity” entering its airspace.

Furthermore, the same source criticized Iran, accusing it of fomenting unrest in Gaza as part of a strategy to undermine burgeoning efforts to normalize relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. According to the Kan News report referenced on the Saudi website, the official condemned Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism and suggested that global intervention against Iran should have been initiated sooner.

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