Saudis leads pack in cooperation with Israel

Israeli and Saudi intelligence services have been working together for a number of years

GIP leads pack in cooperation with Israel

Saudi-Israeli relations

October 12, 2016 – The intelligence service that protects Islamic holy sites is cooperating ever more closely with the Israeli intelligence services and leading other agencies in the region down the same path.

According to information obtained by Intelligence Online, officials at Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), which is in charge of information-sharing with Israel’s Mossad and its military counterpart AMAN, are pleased as punch. There has never been such active cooperation between the two countries, in terms of analysis, human intelligence and interception on Iran and movements loyal to it such as Hezbollah, the Houthi and the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Units.

The early contacts between Bandar bin Sultan and Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, and his successor Tamir Pardo, seem light years away.

The open cooperation between Riyadh and Tel Aviv has prompted other Gulf intelligence services to cosy up to Israel. Bahrain’s crown prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa is openly encouraging greater cooperation on Iran. Initial contacts were made via Jordan’s General Intelligence Department. The same thing goes for Kuwait.

Although Abu Dhabi has long had contact with the Israeli intelligence services via Mohamed Dahlan, the former head of Fatah’s Preventive Security service who now advises Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the relationship is becoming more official.
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Cooperation becomes technical

Saudi-Israeli relationship

June 01, 2016 – Israel and Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services have been working together for a number of years but they have recently decided to team in electronic intelligence.

According to Intelligence Online’s sources, a number of high-ranking officials of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) recently asked for Israeli help in bolstering their technical capacities. Saudi Arabia is most notably looking for the latest interception and cyber-surveillance solutions and it also wants to upgrade Command & Control (C4I) of Saudi Arabian operations centres.
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A Secret Regional Alliance Against Iran – Intelligence

Saudi-Israeli alliance

October 20, 2006 – Intelligence Online has learned from diplomatic sources that Israel and four Sunni Moslem countries – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey – decided last month to form a regional intelligence alliance to counter Iran both with regards its attempts to build a nuclear weapon and its efforts to create a “Shi’ite Crescent” stretching from Tehran to Beirut. The move was initiated by Jordan’s king Abdallah II.

Secret Saudi-Israeli Contacts

From the very outset of the war between Hezbollah and Israel on Aug. 14, Abdallah II was in constant contact with king Abdallah of Saudi Arabia who is also worried about the risk of a “Shi’ite tide” unfurling over the region. Backed by his prime minister, general Maaruf al Bakhit, former director of Jordan’s General Intelligence Department (GID) and ex ambassador to Israel, the Jordanian leader succeeded in persuading his Saudi counterpart of the need to establish secret ties with the Israel government in order to coordinate action.

Before committing himself to this, however, king Abdallah consulted with prince Bandar bin Sultan, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council and former envoy to Washington (where he kept in constant contact with the Israelis) as well as with prince Moqrin Bin Abdulaziz, head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID). After both had voiced interest in opening “channels” with the Israelis, Abdallah also sounded out his foreign minister, prince Saud al Faysal, who is one of his most trusted advisers. The latter also agreed to the idea.

The king subsequently consulted with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who immediately dispatched senior officials from Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT) to Riyadh to meet with Bandar and Moqrin. Meanwhile, general Omar Suleiman, boss of Egypt’s General Directorate of State Security, traveled twice to Riyadh, officially to coordinate post-war action in Lebanon and promote the formation of a coalition government in Palestine between Fatah and Hamas. In fact, he was there to convey president Hosni Mubarak’s approval of secret Saudi-Israeli contacts.

Royal Supper in Aqaba

Encouraged by such political and diplomatic support, Abdallah instructed Bandar to hold talks with the head of Mossad, general Meir Dagan. According to our sources, the encounter took place on Sept. 18 in Adallah II’s palace at Aqaba, the Jordanian port on the Red Sea. Dagan was accompanied by prime minister Ehud Olmert’s chief of staff, Yoran Turbowitz, and the head of Olmert’s military staff, general Gadi Shamani. Bandar turned up with three leading intelligence aides. Abdallah II, who personally greeted his guests, was accompanied by Al Bakhit; the director of GID, general Mohammed al Thahabi; and the Jordanian ambassador to Israel, Ali al Ayed.

According to eye-witnesses, the supper took place in a highly relaxed atmosphere, and specially so because Bandar and Dagan had met one another on previous occasions in Washington. Stepping Up Exchanges. During the talks Dagan reported on the state-of-play with Iran’s nuclear program and described the role played in it by Pakistani scientific circles as well as Russian cooperation. Still, the debate focused primarily on Shi’ite terrorism and Iran’s efforts to export its revolution, which is being spurred on by “neo-Khomenis” in power in Tehran.

Abdallah II agreed with Dagan in considering that no significant political evolution could be expected on Hamas’ side because the movement’s leadership in Palestine is being undercut by hawks living in exile in Damascus and Tehran. Bandar, for his part, insisted Israel quickly resume talks with president Mahmud Abbas in order to strengthen his hand vis a vis Hamas. In the end it was decided to “build up and accelerate intelligence exchanges” to deal with the Iranian threat. To this effect, Jordan’s GDID will act as liaison office between Saudi Arabia’s GID and Mossad. The cooperation is aimed at laying the groundwork for a regional intelligence alliance that will include Turkey and Egypt. Still, Iran was quick to react to the Aqaba agreement: in recent days it delivered anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Hamas in Gaza for the first time, raising the possibility of a new clash with Israel.
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Washington and Riyadh proceed with plans to make Morocco an ISR heavyweight

January 17, 2018 – The new alignment between Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv is poised to take its first concrete steps in Morocco. Financed by Saudi Arabia, the country’s air surveillance programme will be provided by the United States using Israeli technology.

Major programme – According to Intelligence Online’s sources, Rabat is poised to finalise the acquisition of four Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) planes from the US.

Gulfstream aircraft, probably equipped by Raytheon, seem most likely to be ordered. Bombardier jets, also fitted with US material, are also in the running.

The Israeli firm Elta would also be a subcontractor on the project. A subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elta is expected to integrate offensive equipment on the aircraft which will also be fitted with Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) equipment, to outwit the enemy’s anti-air defences.

To ensure the deal goes ahead, Washington, which is increasingly supportive of Rabat, is ready to agree to the transfer of state-or-the-art ISR technology which is much more up to date than the technology it shared with Morocco’s neighbour Algeria (see right).

Gulf help to finance the programme. According to our sources, the bill for the aircraft will not be picked up by Morocco but by Rabat’s Gulf allies led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Riyadh is keen to increase its aid to Morocco, which readily agreed to take part in the Arab Coalition’s military campaign in Yemen that got underway two years ago.

The Gulf financing will formally be assumed by another alliance recently launched by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Islamic Anti-terrorist Coalition.

Focus

Meanwhile in algeria…Washington and Algiers considered launching some major programmes together not that long ago but the US has recently pulled back from Algeria. The technology that the US agreed to supply to Algeria under the contract with Raytheon to convert Beechcraft 1900 into spy planes and supply three Gulfstream G550 is considerably older that the technology the US will supply to Algeria’s neighbor and rival, Morocco. The tension is also high between the two sides because the Beechcraft contract is very costly and the Gulfstream programme, operated by Raytheon, is far behind schedule. Raytheon subcontracted the work to another company, Field Aviation, which has worked little in this area in the past and underestimated how much work the contract involved. Algeria could turn to Italy to procure surveillance aircraft, as Intelligence Online’s sister publication Maghreb Confidential revealed recently (MC 1276). The Algerian army is also interested in the ISR version of Alenia’s MC-27 and may place an order for four or five planes.

Algiers isolated from Riyadh and Abu Dhabi

Not only is it financing the Moroccan ISR programme, the Arab Anti-terrorism Coalition led by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is also planning to supply border security and other materiel to the armed forces in the G5 Sahel countries. Algeria will therefore soon be surrounded by countries whose border surveillance is financed by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
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