While the bulk of the successful interception of the Iranian missiles and drones was carried out by the IDF and the U.S. military, a report from the Wall Street Journal indicated that the two allies were assisted by several Arab countries that were not explicitly recognized.

In the immediate aftermath of Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel, word quickly spread that Israel’s treaty partner, the Kingdom of Jordan,  facilitated Israel’s efforts by shooting down some of the launches that violated its airspace.

However, the WSJ is now reporting that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia also assisted by providing the United States with military intelligence about the attacks in advance.

Several Hebrew news sites reported on Monday morning that Saudi Arabia may have also participated in shooting down missiles launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. If so, this would not be the first time the Saudi Kingdom intercepted a Houthi missile aimed at Israel, under the pretext of defending its airspace.

According to the WSJ report, the Arab nations were not eager to share intelligence but did so under U.S. pressure. Iran had previously threatened to retaliate against any country aiding Israel during the attack.

Several Egyptian and Saudi officials spoke with the WSJ and confirmed that the U.S. had been in talks with various Arab nations about cooperating against Iran.

After several reports in Iranian media Sunday and Monday that implied Jordan would be the next target in an Iranian strike, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said his country had summoned the Iranian ambassador to protest Iran’s interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs.

Safadi’s comments were made in the state-run Mamlaka public broadcaster. The kingdom has attempted to portray its part in intercepting the aerial attacks as a matter of Jordanian territorial security.

On Sunday, former Jordanian information minister, Samih al-Maaytah, said Jordan was merely protecting itself.

“Jordan’s duty is to protect its lands and citizens,” al-Maaytah said. “What Jordan did yesterday was to simply protect its airspace.”

In a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden, Jordanian King Abdullah told the president that any Israeli response could escalate to a regional conflict, according to reports in Jordanian media.

On Monday, an unnamed Saudi official also appeared to confirm the Saudi Kingdom’s involvement in downing aerial threats crossing its territory.

Speaking to the KAN public broadcaster, the Saudi official said that “every suspicious object that penetrates Saudi airspace is intercepted.” According to the official, “It’s a matter of sovereignty.”

The Saudi official also blamed Iran for starting the Oct. 7 war to derail efforts toward normalization between Israel and the Gulf kingdom.

“The Iranians engineered the war in Gaza in order to destroy progress in relations between us and Israel,” the official claimed.

“Iran’s behavior is irresponsible. We all know that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and it should have been stopped long ago.”

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