By Tyler Durden
A controversial report detailing that Saudi Arabia has purchased Israeli’s Iron Dome defense system went viral this week after a prominent Arabic news site made the claim based on diplomatic sources.
Al-Khaleej Online, which is based in the UK and Persian Gulf, published the bombshell report on Wednesday, which alleged that the first Iron Dome missile battery is slated to be transferred to Saudi Arabia before the end of the year in December.
A ship-based Iron Dome missile defense system being tested, via the Israeli Defense Forces
As Israel and Saudi Arabia are still longtime “official enemies” in the eyes of much of the Middle East public despite keeping increasingly close intelligence relations out of a shared desire to thwart Iran in the region, the story immediately stirred deep controversy, prompting Israeli officials to issue a prompt denial.
“We deny the existence of a deal to sell Iron Dome to Saudi Arabia,” Israel’s Defense Ministry said in an emailed statement to the Times of Israel. Israeli officials were responding to the story sweeping national media on the heels of the claims taking Arabic social media by storm.
And further controversial is that the missile transfer, said to be in “excess …read more
Source:: Zero Hedge