In an obvious move to appease Iran, Joe Biden has ordered removal of America’s most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia, even as the Kingdom faces continued missile and drone attacks from Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.
In a move that would have major implications for the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering buying Israel missile defense systems. According to the online magazine Breaking Defense, the Saudis are interested in Israel’s Iron Dome system which focuses on intercepting short-range rockets as well as the Barak ER system, which intercepts Cruise missiles.
The Trump Administration deployed Patriot antimissile batteries and troops to Saudi Arabia after Iranian drone attacks hit Saudi oil facilities and to Iraq in 2020 after a spate of missile and rocket attacks on US forces by Iran and Iranian-backed militias. The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Don’t be surprised if Saudi Arabia is the next country to join the Abraham Accords.