Netanyahu, Mossad Head Secretly Visit Saudi Arabia to Meet Crown Prince, Pompeo, Israeli Media Claim

Middle East

A few years ago, the Israeli TV station Hadashot cited sources as saying that the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in normalising formal ties between the Jewish state and Saudi Arabia.

Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio on Monday reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia, where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Netanyahu was reportedly accompanied by Mossad intelligence chief Yossi Cohen during the alleged visit. 

The reports come as an array of Israeli reporters, including Barak Ravid, claimed that the alleged secret gathering took place in Neom, a newly planned Saudi city, located a few miles from Israel’s southern border.

The Israeli government and the US Embassy in Jerusalem have not yet commented on the report, which followed the Saudi Press Agency announcing in September that the Kingdom would allow “all countries” to fly over its territories en route to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This comes a day after US Secretary of State Pompeo expressed confidence that there are more Arab countries willing to normalise relations with israel.

This follows the first Israeli commercial flight already making its way to the UAE via Saudi airspace in September, when American and Israeli delegations paid an official visit to Abu Dhabi to consider cooperation ahead of a peace agreement that was…

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