Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief

Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter “bad guy” Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official ties with Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

“We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb,” Ya’alon told fellow defense ministers on Sunday, the final day of the Munich Security Conference.

Ya’alon did not name specific countries who might be interested in developing nuclear weapons and gave no evidence to back up his claims.


However, he then made a surprise statement that the Gulf states – officially hostile to Tel Aviv because of its occupation of the West Bank – had held clandestine meetings with Israel.

“Not only Jordan and Egypt,” he said, referring to the only Arab countries who signed peace treaties with Israel after three Arab-Israeli wars.

“I speak about the Gulf states and North African states too. Unfortunately they are not here to listen. For them, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are the enemy. Iran is the bad guy for us and for the Sunni regimes. They are not shaking hands [with Israelis] in public, but we meet in closed rooms.”

Almost immediately, when Ya’alon finished his speech, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was also attending the discussion, asked to make an intervention: “Handshakes with Israelis have not helped the Palestinians much.”


Prince Faisal insisted that Sunni Arab countries, including Gulf monarchies, are furious with Israel over the occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“Why should the Arabs feel friendship to you when you do that [to the Palestinians]?” he asked.

Mordechai Vanunu © Ronen Zvulun

Gulf countries’ ancient rivalry with Iran has a religious dimension. The predominantly Sunni monarchies accuse Tehran of trying to dominate the region by backing Shia minorities all across the Middle East. In 2004, King Abdullah II of Jordan, one of the most pro-American Arab rulers, described it as a “Shia crescent.” 

The notion refers to a crescent-shaped region of the Middle East where the majority population is Shia or where there is a strong Shia minority in the population.

In the meantime, Israel is widely believed to possess dozens of nuclear warheads, although official statistics do not exist.

Israel possesses Jericho-3 ballistic missiles capable of delivering up to 1,000kg load at ranges of 4,800 to 6,500km. Additionally, it is believed to have a naval nuclear strike capability, using Dolphin-class submarine-launched nuclear-capable cruise missiles.

The Israeli Air Force also has F-15I and F-16I Sufa fighter aircraft, which can be utilized to deliver tactical and strategic nuclear weapons at long distances using external fuel tanks or aerial refueling fleet of modified Boeing 707s.

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4 Responses to "Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief"

  1. rockwool  February 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    So the Kabbalist and Talmudist elites of Israel have switched tactics.

    Tel Aviv could not wait any longer for the US to team up on an Iranian attack, so instead they have modified Saudi F-16’s or F-15’s to carry nukes.

    Now the Saudis are going to Incirlik to pickup the B61 tactical nukes.

    MOSCOW better RETALIATE ON all SAUDI BASES for their war on Syria, before the Kabbalist House of Saud goes nukes. Westerners will not care if they do and explain why.

  2. Aziz Khalfan  February 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Both the Arabs and Israelis are out of their senses and will only stand ridicule in future generations.

    ‘No meddling in internal affairs’ should apply only to ‘us’ not ‘them’.

    • Aziz Khalfan  February 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

      These people mistakenly think that they can bluff and conceal their part out of the human misery and war crimes they have created on a peaceful country.

      Perhaps they had been set-up for total elimination without them being any wiser, imagine the glee of those that had always wanted to do Syria if they can do the entire Arab nation.

      When the mess started with the Arab Spring there were those that were saying this is a ruse to gather Jihadis all in one place for subsequent annihilation, something which has already been achieved and proven true today.

      Is the next act then to gather the Arab and Muslim states all in one place for a similar event where they can destroy each other ?
      All the arms, WMD if need be will be supplied.

      If Arabs and Muslims do not wake up to the subtle traps laid against them then they will blissfully sleepwalk into their final doom.

    • Aziz Khalfan  February 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

      It is impossible not to salute Mr Vanunu for moral bravery wherever whenever his person or picture appears.
      So here we go “Shalom Mordechai”.

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