RoyalAirMaroc
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Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Mon May 12, 2008 9:42 pm

Hey,

I looked in Wikipedia about a Royal Moroccan Air Force B707 re-fuelling aircraft. According to it, one was sold to the Israeli AF ? I searched google and couldn't find anything regarding this?

Anyone care to shed some light on this ?

thanks
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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Tue May 13, 2008 12:36 am

I have not heard anything ( yet ) about this story. But I would most certainly consider it possible and plausible.

After all, and despite all outward and public appearances , one can only be amazed at the amount of cooperation which has always taken place between Israel and several Arab states for many decades in various domains , be it economic and trade, or even military and security related.


Such cooperation has always been there, and the so-called Arab-Israeli conflict has been full of examples of that cooperation throuout its long and painful history. The thing is it was always kept strictly under wraps for reasons of mutual convenience.
 
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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Wed May 14, 2008 4:11 pm

Or more likely the aircraft was sold to a 3rd party who sold it on to the IDF/AF.
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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Thu May 15, 2008 9:05 am



Quoting RoyalAirMaroc (Thread starter):
Hey,

I looked in Wikipedia about a Royal Moroccan Air Force B707 re-fuelling aircraft. According to it, one was sold to the Israeli AF ? I searched google and couldn't find anything regarding this?

Anyone care to shed some light on this ?

thanks

I don't know anything about the aircraft being sold, but Israel does do trade with some Arab countries. To my Knowledge Morrocco has never done anything to Israel to make them mad, so it wouldn't be out of the question. That and morrocco is in the African continent anyway, not the middle east. It wouldnt have any effect on either parties national security.
 
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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Fri May 16, 2008 2:30 am

I am not entirely sure about the idea that Morocco happens to be in Africa rather than the Middle East.

Egypt is also an African country from a geographic point of view and certainly it was involved in the vast majority of Arab military efforts against Israel over the years until it signed its famous peace agreement with the Jewish State in 1979.

Libya also happens to be in Africa geographically and I do not think for a minute that anyone would describe Col. Qaddafi as a non-player in the Middle East or on the Arab-Israeli arena, nor would anyone claim that the good old Colonel has never done or tried to do things designed to make the Israelis ( and others ) go absolutely mad !


The fact of the matter is all these states are BOTH IN AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST, and they all view themselves as players on the field, all be it in different ways.


Morocco , for example , took an active part alongside Egypt and Syria in the October ( Yom Kippur ) War of 1973. But just like Egypt, and very much unlike Syria, Morocco decided a long time ago to follow a path of peace and re-conciliation with Israel, and they have indeed enjoyed a very long and mutually-beneficial cooperation with the Jewish State for a very long time now, even though a lot of that relationship has remained rather discreet for obvious reasons.


And it would be interesting to point out that Morocco is far from unique in this. Many other Arab states have followed exactly the same path for years if not even decades. One could only mention countries such as Jordan, Tunisia, Mauritania, Yemen, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and even Saudi Arabia !! The magic word in most of these situations was indeed DISCRETION, not to say SECRECY.

One can only imagine if even Syria might have such a secret "affair" with Israel which no one has managed to uncover yet.
 
RoyalAirMaroc
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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Fri May 16, 2008 1:48 pm



Quoting Hunterson (Reply 4):

I disagree with that. Yemen, UAE and Saudi Arabia all still have a ban against Israeli Passports and Products (boycott). Although many do have secret under-the-table dealings, why is the passport ban still in place ?



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RE: Arab Jets To The Israeli's?

Fri May 16, 2008 2:31 pm

From the production list here

http://www.planelist.net/

cn 21956 has this history

N707QT Boeing CFM56 test
CN-ANR Moroccan Gvmt 10.03.82
CN-CCC Moroccan Gvmt cvtd s15.1.99
N707JU Omega Air 25.01.99
4X-980 IAI? 02.02.00
290/4X-980 Israel Air Force ear10.00

Photos showing it as Moroccan and IAF on the site

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...truecount=false&engine_version=6.0
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