Tag Archive for Gulf states

Gulf States to get US version of Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ defensive missile system

The Reuters report comes the same day when the US Army had successfully tested the Iron Dome at the White Sands Missile Range, and a month after the Marine Corps first tested the missile interceptor.



The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system missiles, THAAD fire control and communication stations, and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported this week. In addition, the “State Department has approved the potential sale of Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at up to $3.05 billion,” the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Qatar Airways invites Israeli medical workers to fly for free

Although Israel isn’t on Qatar Airways maps, its CEO said that “healthcare professionals from every country in the world will be eligible for tickets…including our neighboring countries, including the State of Israel.”



Israeli medical professionals can get some of the 100,000 free flight tickets distributed by Qatar Airways, the airline’s CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker said on Monday night.

Al Baker said that “every single country in the world, including our neighboring countries, including the State of Israel, will be allocated numbers of tickets, depending on population and the size of the country… proportionately to the 100,000 tickets we are offering.” Continue Reading »

Bahrain Officially Invites Israel’s Economy Minister to Startup Conference

This latest invitation by Bahrain follows other Gulf visits such as Israel’s PM Netanyahu’s trip to Oman, Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev and then last week Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, both to Abu Dhabi.

By Arutz Sheva Staff, AFP


Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Economy Minister Eli Cohen (Kulanu) was invited by the Arab nation of Bahrain to participate in its “Startup Nations Ministerial” conference.

Senior government officials from all over the world are expected to attend the conference to identify new policy tools that will boost technology initiatives between the two countries.

Bahrain- Google maps

The invitation comes amid a diplomatic push by Israel in the mainly Sunni Gulf, which Israel sees as an ally against Shiite power Iran. Continue Reading »

6 Islamic States sever all ties with Qatar, opening door for Israeli-Arab Gulf cooperation


Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the Qatar crisis offers “opportunity for cooperation”  between Israel and Arab Gulf states.
– Qatar, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, is being isolated for destabilizing the mid-East and Africa.

By i24NEWS


Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday said that the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors is an “opportunity for cooperation” between Israel and Arab Gulf states and could herald a broad anti-terror alliance.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video

“It is clear to everyone, even in the Arab countries, that the real danger to the entire region is terrorism,” said Lieberman. Continue Reading »

WSJ: Various Arab Gulf states are prepared to improve ties with Israel


The Wall Street Journal reports that should Israel freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with Gaza, steps toward normalizing ties would be made by a number of Sunni Gulf States.



Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians, The Wall Street Journal on Monday cited sources close to the matter as saying.

As part of the normalization process, the Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace. Continue Reading »

Iran’s Sunni neighbors seeking assurances P5+1 nuclear deal not danger to them


Bahrain’s Interior Minister Sheikh al-Khalifa says Iran’s Arab neighbors are still very concerned about Islamic republic’s nuclear program and want assurance that the West’s nuclear deal will indeed enhance regional security in the Gulf.

By Reuters


Iran’s Arab neighbors, deeply worried about Iran’s nuclear program, want assurances that Tehran’s deal with world powers will indeed enhance regional security, Bahrain’s interior minister said on Thursday.

Bahrain’s Interior Minister al-Khalifa – Photo: AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

US-allied Gulf Arab states, led by top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, have cautiously welcomed the November 24 interim accord as a step towards curbing what they fear is a secret Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Continue Reading »

Gulf States team with Israel in ‘strange alliance’ against Tehran


Talks of emerging deal between Iran & the West bring unprecedented public ties between Israel and the Gulf.

Jerusalem sees a nuclear Iran as existential threat.

Sunni states of the Persian Gulf finds the Shiite republic of Iran mortally dangerous to region.

Associated Press

When US Secretary of State John Kerry made another stop in the Middle East this month, he received an expected earful over Washington’s outreach to Iran: Don’t trust Tehran, tighten sanctions even more, anything short of complete nuclear concessions is a grave mistake.

US Secretary John Kerry and Saudi FM Prince Saud al-Faisal - Photo: AP

US Secretary John Kerry and Saudi FM Prince Saud al-Faisal – Photo: AP

Kerry’s meeting wasn’t in Israel, though. Continue Reading »

Kuwaiti Report: Israel Agreed to ‘Act With Restraint’ If Attacked By Syria

An article in a Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Arab leaders from the Gulf states have asked that Israel act “with restraint” if attacked by Syrian missiles, and Jerusalem agreed.

By David Lev


A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Thursday that Gulf leaders have been in touch with Israel, and have asked that Israel act “with restraint” in the event of an attack by Western nations on Syria. That restraint would be necessary if Bashar al-Assad responds to an attack against him by attacking Israel.

Scud launcher – Photo courtesy: US Navy

Earlier this week, Syrian officials said that if Syria was attacked, a coalition of nations and terror groups, including Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and Hezbollah, would respond with an all-out attack on Israel. Continue Reading »

Braver than EU, Gulf States to Sanction Hizbullah Entirely

Refusing to be intimidated,  Gulf states to impose sanctions against Hizbullah that will identify all branches of the group being labelled as a terrorist organization.

By Elad Benari



The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has announced plans to impose sanctions against Hizbullah that will see all arms of the group being labelled as a terrorist organization.

Hizbullah flag

Hizbullah flag – AFP photo

The Saudi Arabian daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday that the GCC views Hizbullah as a monolithic organization and “does not differentiate between Hizbullah’s military and political wings.”

This is a direct reference to the European Union’s decision last week to place only Hizbullah’s military wing on the list of terrorist entities, leaving the political faction off the blacklist. Continue Reading »