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Published On: Wed, Feb 25th, 2015

Saudi Arabia nears deal with Israel for airstrike on Iranian nuclear program

The Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel against Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space.

Arab governments, not only Israel, have been expressing concern over the development of a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. An Iranian nuclear program has resulted in some fear within some major Sunni states, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

photo/Talmoryair

photo/Talmoryair

According to the Wall Street Journal, concerned Arab states said that a nuclear deal allowing Iran to keep its nuclear-producing technologies would likely drive nations in the region to develop nuclear capabilities in order to match those of Iran’s.

An Arab official, according to the WSJ, said that the collapse of negotiations with Iran is preferable to a bad nuclear deal – a comment similar to those previously iterated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

US and Arab diplomats say that, although Arab nations have avoided matching statements made by Israel, they share many of the same fears regarding a nuclear deal with Iran.

Reports that the United States was negotiating a 10-year nuclear deal with Iran are not true, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States and Iran were exploring the option of a 10-year nuclear freeze as part of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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