Meir Dagan, the Mossad chief, has assured Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
According to the Sunday Times, earlier this year Dagan held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility. In the past, the Israeli media carried reports that top officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were flatly denied by Saudi officials.
"The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia," a diplomatic source is quoted as saying by the Briish paper.
Although the two states have no formal diplomatic ties, an Israeli security source confirmed that Mossad maintained "working relations" with the Saudis.