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Israel PM ‘flew to Saudi Arabia for secret talks with crown prince’

Israel PM 'flew to Saudi Arabia


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu covertly traveled to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed canister Salman, Israeli media report.

Flight-following information indicated a business fly recently utilized by Mr Netanyahu made a trip to the Red Sea city of Neom.

There was no official affirmation, yet an Israeli clergyman said he had been told about it by the unfamiliar service.

It would be the main known gathering between heads of the chronicled adversaries, whom the US needs to standardize ties.

President Donald Trump has as of late facilitated bargains setting up political relations among Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

Saudi Arabia mindfully invited those moves, yet demonstrated it would stand by until there was a nonaggression treaty among Israel and the Palestinians.

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Refering to anonymous Israeli sources, Israeli public telecaster Kan and other media revealed that Mr Netanyahu and the top of the Mossad insight administration, Yossi Cohen, went to talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night with Crown Prince Mohammed and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A senior Saudi guide told the Wall Street Journal that the pioneers examined a few issues, including standardization of ties and Iran, however that no significant arrangements were reached

The outing was spotted by an Israeli writer on a flight-following site; a personal luxury plane utilized by Mr Netanyahu was traveling to the Saudi city of Neom.

The Red Sea resort is a hey tech and the travel industry center point arranged by Mohammed container Salman.

It is near the outskirts of Egypt and Jordan, and just some 70km (44 miles) from the southern tip of Israel – an emblematic objective for the pioneers to examine a changing Middle East, interceded by President Trump’s active group.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) speaks to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) (22 November 2020)

With the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan joined, standardization among Israel and Saudi Arabia would be the serious deal.

The arrangements mark huge political and exchange wins; likewise in the foundation are some disputable US arms deals, and the Trump group’s craving to merge its provincial partners against Iran.

However, Saudi Arabia will be mindful over opening up to the world about an Israeli rapprochement because of a paranoid fear of a reaction in the moderate country. What’s more, the huge obstacle returns to a center issue – the Saudis actually state there will be no arrangement before the Israelis arrive at a lasting nonaggression treaty with the Palestinians.

Israeli media announced that Mr Netanyahu flew on a personal luxury plane having a place with Israeli financial specialist Udi Angel that the head administrator had utilized for past abroad outings.

As indicated by information from, a Gulfstream IV stream took off from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International air terminal on Sunday evening and flew south along the eastern shoreline of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula prior to heading towards Saudi Arabia’s north-western Red Sea coast.

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  • The airplane arrived in Neom soon after 18:30 GMT and stayed there until 21:50, as per the information. It at that point got back to Tel Aviv by means of a similar course.
  • Mr Netanyahu’s office would not affirm the reports of the gathering.

In any case, bureau serve Zeev Elkin revealed to Army Radio: “I wasn’t on the plane to Saudi Arabia.”

Mr Netanyahu’s web-based media consultant, Topaz Luk, additionally seemed to propose the gathering had occurred when he tweeted: “Gantz is wading into controversy while the leader is making harmony”.

Mr Luk appeared to allude a choice by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Mr Netanyahu’s opponent, to build up a commission of investigation into a $2bn (£1.5bn) submarine arrangement with Germany that has been depicted by some as the greatest debasement outrage in Israeli history.

Saudi state media detailed that Prince Mohammed had met Mr Pompeo on Sunday, however they made no notice of any visit by Mr Netanyahu.

President Trump has said he anticipates that Saudi Arabia should standardize relations with Israel, however such a move faces enormous obstacles.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal canister Farhan Al Saud said in a meeting on Saturday with Reuters news office during the G20 culmination – facilitated by Saudi Arabia however with world pioneers taking an interest practically – that the realm’s position had not changed.

“We have upheld standardization with Israel for quite a while, on the grounds that we are the creators of the 2002 Arab Peace activity, which imagined total standardization with Israel.”

“In any case, there is one significant thing that needs to happen first, which is a lasting and full harmony bargain between the Palestinians and Israelis that conveys a Palestinian state with pride inside the 1967 outskirts to the Palestinians.”