WORLD ROUNDUPHistory Has Been Made as Arabs Fought Alongside Israel | The Rape Denialists | Israel’s Retaliation Dilemma, and more

Published 17 April 2024

·  History Has Been Made as Arabs Fought Alongside Israel
Contrary to narratives that Israel has isolated itself, several Arab states have lent their support to defend the country

·  The U.S. Navy Has Now Proven It Can Stop Ballistic Missiles
Exo-atmospheric kill vehicles successfully used to defend Israel

·  Israel’s Retaliation Dilemma
Even if regional conflict is avoided, Israel’s freedom of action against Iran may be effectively curtailed in the future

·  Benjamin Netanyahu is Pushing for War with Iran
The Israeli prime minister has a history of encouraging Washington to get involved in Middle Eastern conflicts

·  The Rape Denialists
Why has it proved so hard for so many on the left to acknowledge what happened on October 7?

History Has Been Made as Arabs Fought Alongside Israel  (Mark Dubowitz, The Telegraph)
ran’s Islamist ruler Ali Khamenei made history with his unprecedented direct attack on Israel on Saturday night, but not, perhaps, in the way he intended.
By dispatching a barrage of more than 300 missiles and drones into Israeli territory, the Islamic Republic of Iran removed any doubts about its ambition to wipe Israel from the map, even if its execution fell woefully short. However, the supreme leader quickly discovered that many of his Arab neighbors do not share his genocidal goal – one key reason why the attack has left Iran, not Israel, appearing vulnerable and isolated politically and militarily.
The operation to thwart Khamenei’s assault was led by the Israelis with support from the US, the United Kingdom and other countries. Yet what was historic was the role played by Sunni Arab nations, who “quietly passed along intelligence about Tehran’s attack plans, opened their airspace to warplanes, shared radar tracking information or, in some cases, supplied their own forces to help.”
The list included Arab countries who maintain a cold peace with Israel, like Jordan, and those who may one day have a warm peace but don’t yet recognize the Jewish state, like Saudi Arabia. Tehran informed the Arab countries of their plan of attack in advance, information that was immediately telegraphed to the US. Once the attack began, the Iranian weapons were tracked by radar in the Gulf countries and relayed to US Central Command in Qatar, which then transmitted the intelligence to fighter jets and warships in the region, including those of the Jordanian Air Force, decisively repelling the Iranian barrage.
This first instance of live military cooperation between Israel and Arab countries in the face of a common enemy went way beyond the mere intelligence sharing under the table which had been the norm. The Arabs had a choice; they could have acceded to the Islamic Republic’s aggression, and stayed out of the fight which would have been unsurprising given their fear of Tehran and their skepticism of American resolve. (Cont.)