Israel and Riyadh will hold joint drills on Friday, but the drill is far from the start of a larger campaign.
The kingdom’s military announced the drills, which will take place in the kingdom’s northern region of Aqaba, last week, in a bid to counter what it sees as Israeli attempts to pressure the kingdom into cancelling a planned visit by Saudi King Salman to the capital Riyadh.
The Saudi military said the drills will “take place in close coordination with the army and security ministries and will aim to develop the capabilities and capacity to deal with any contingency threats.”
The drills are not part of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s military-industrial complex that was the subject of the nuclear deal that has boosted ties between Riyadh and Washington.
The drills are the first time the kingdom has put its military forces to use, with the kingdom also putting some of its best fighters on the ground in the region.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are all part of a coalition that has launched air raids on Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The coalition is expected to continue the air war in Yemen for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, the kingdom said it was targeting Houthi fighters, accusing them of committing atrocities in the country.
On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said it had killed “more than 500” Houthi militants.
The two sides have also launched an operation against Islamic State militants in Yemen, with Saudi Arabia and the United States backing the effort.
Saudi jets and warships have been pounding the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, in an effort to dislodge the Houthis from the city.