The US and Israel are putting pressure on Arab allies to

The US and Israel are putting pressure on Arab allies to

The United States and Israel are currently trying to establish a security alliance with Arab states to connect air defense systems to combat Iranian drone and missile attacks in the Middle East, several sources familiar with the plan said, according to Reuters .

The plan is rejected by some Arab countries

The idea, which would use Israeli technology, could gain momentum during President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia, as part of a July 13-16 trip, two sources said. about these plans.

As regional tensions escalated over Tehran’s contested nuclear program, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and parts of Iraq were subjected to or allegedly attacked by or with missile or drone attacks claimed by Iranian-backed militias.

In this context, talks are still at an early stage and have already met with resistance from several Arab countries that refuse to do business with Israel, the four sources said. But Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said last month that a US-sponsored emerging air defense alliance was “operational” and could be spurred on by Biden’s visit. The plane has already thwarted attempts at Iranian attacks, he added.

The system would use Israeli technology

Specifically, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, an Israeli official said that partner countries synchronize their respective air defense systems through remote electronic communication, rather than using the same physical facilities.

In recent years, Israel has offered defense cooperation to US-allied Arab states that share its concerns about Iran, although the US assessment is that Gantz seems to have exaggerated how far such security cooperation could go. For their part, the Gulf Arabs have been publicly reluctant to do so.

A person in Washington familiar with the matter said that although Biden will discuss broader regional security coordination, including with close ally Israel, next week’s Arab summit, led by Saudi Arabia, is not expected. no announcement of a formal agreement.

Specifically, the plan would be to build a network of radars, detectors and interceptors between Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, with the help of Israeli technology and US military bases, said three between sources.