Gold says that Israel received reports that during interrogations, al qaeda captives revealed that the terrorist group had penetrated the Saudi air force and that it was to take control of several F-15's based in Tabuk which is near Eilat, and fly the planes into skyscrapers in Tel Aviv.
"From the pattern of past al-Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia, many western observers have concluded that elements of the Saudi national guard colluded with the attackers. Which only further substantiates Western concern that al-Qaeda has penetrated different branches of Saudi Armed forces.
So even without a militant Islamic takeover in Saudi Arabia, there are multiple sources of concern for Israel and United States," he added. Gold also cited figures according to which half of the insurgents in Iraq who emarbarked on a jihad against coalition forces were Saudi.
"There is abundant evidence, despite the efforts of Saudi security forces to quell al-Qaeda in the Kingdom, that large parts of Saudi Arabia have become a hot house for radical Sunni Islam," Gold warned.
An America Defense Department official has said that the threat of Shiite Iran to Sunni states such as Saudi Arabia makes this arms deal necessary. Olmert for his part accepts this point of view and has said that Israel understands the U.S. need to support "moderate" Arab states and that there is also a need for a united front between Israel and the U.S. concerning Iran.
Iran, for its part, condemned the arms deal, and charged on Monday that the US was trying to create a "horror scenario" in the Middle East. But the American attempt to arm Sunni states to deal with the Shiite Iranian threat was misguided, Gold said.
"The current radical Islamic wave that Western alliance is facing has two sources. First, the Islamic revolution in Iran led by Ayatollah Khamenei. And the second is the rise of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, much of which is backed by Saudi Arabia. Therefore an effective counter-strategy has to take into account both sources of the problem," he said.
Gold has also said that Israel suffers from a certain myopia, forgetting that 15 of the 19 hijackers were saudis, and saudis were the primary funders of hamas during the height of suicide bombings.
He also calls for a clarification from the Bush administration on whether the president's written pledge to Sharon that Israel will not be made to withdraw to the pre-'67 lines, still stands.
I would add also that Saudi Arabia still funds wahhabi mosques and madrassas which incite hatred and violence against infidels, as well as its continued funding of terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia has failed to cooperate on Iraq and the war on terrorism in general. King Abdullah has referred to America's military presence in Iraq as "illegitimate" and he has also demanded the release of saudi prisoners in Gitmo, to which we have foolishly complied. Saudi Arabia should be considered a terrorist state. See also "Hold the carrots".