Michael Totten

A Sunni-Israeli Alliance?

In the current issue of The Atlantic, the indispensible Jeffrey Goldberg wonders if “a tacit alliance of sorts might develop between Israelis and Sunni Arabs”:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200907/israel-sunni against the Persian Islamic Republic regime in Iran.
If Tehran’s government is overthrown, of course, a very different relationship would likely develop between Israel and Iran. In the meantime, though, Goldberg may be correct. According to the Times of London, Saudi Arabia has quietly given Israel “permission to use its airspace”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6638568.ece on the way to Iranian nuclear weapons facilities.
UPDATE: The Saudi government officially denies the Times story, which was expected. The Israeli government “also denies it”:http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3742313,00.html, however.