Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret trip to Saudi Arabia

On a visit that has no prior record, he traveled on Sunday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly traveled to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Israeli media reported Monday.

Its about first trip acquaintance of an Israeli head of government to Saudi Arabia, a regional Sunni power.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Israel last week, also participated in the conversationsaccording to Israeli public television Kan.

According to this medium, which cites as a source Israeli officials whose identity it does not mention, Netanyahu traveled accompanied by Yossi Cohen, head of the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence services) and the meeting took place in Neom, a futuristic city in the northwest of Saudi Arabia near From Israel.

Other Israeli media released the same information on Monday.

According to the influential diplomatic correspondent for Walla News, Barak David, Netanyahu and Cohen flew on a plane belonging to businessman Udi Angel.

According to this source, the plane left Israel on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. local time, heading for Neom in the red sea, and returned five hours later.

Netanyahu’s office had no immediate comment.

This meeting takes place after Israel reached historic agreements to normalize its relations with two allies of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

These agreements, called Abraham Agreements, were promoted by the administration of outgoing US President Donald Trump.

Saudi sources did not immediately respond to AFP’s questions about the meeting between Netanyahu, Prince Mohammed and Pompeo, reported by the Israeli press.

Pompeo had traveled from the United Arab Emirates to Neom on Sunday as part of his Middle East tour.

The United States and Israeli officials have assured that there are more arab states willing to establish relations with Israel.

Last August, Netanyahu announced that Israel is maintaining secret conversations with multiple Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, at least publicly, subscribes to the traditional position of the Arab League of not establish ties with Israel until the conflict of the Hebrew state with the Palestinians is resolved.

Israeli analysts wonder if the Abraham Accords will continue to be produced under the administration of Democrat Joe Biden, especially in what could happen with Saudi Arabia.



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