Arabic news outlet reports Saudi heir apparent to the throne covertly visited Israel

Online Arabic news outlet identified the ‘Saudi official’ who made a secret visit to Israel as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia and heir apparent to the throne.

By David Rosenberg

 

A member of the Saudi royal family visited Israel during a secret trip last week, despite his country’s refusal to recognize the Jewish state.

According to a report by the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, a senior member of the Saudi royal family held high-level talks with Israeli officials during a clandestine trip to the Jewish state.

“A prince from the Royal Court visited the country in secret over the past few days and discussed the idea of pushing regional peace forward with a number of senior Israeli officials,” the IBC reported, citing the Russian Sputnikmedia outlet.

Both Israeli and Saudi foreign ministries refused to comment on the report.

Netanyahu addresses the Visegrad Group. – Screenshot: וידאו: עומר מירון, לע״מ. סאונד: בן פרץ, לע״מ

The report came a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed that relations between Israel and the Arab world were better than ever before in Israel’s history.

“What’s happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history – even when we signed agreements,” said Netanyahu.

“What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history.”

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with Jewish Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, in Riyadh, 20 May 2017 – Wikiwand

On Sunday, the IUVM Online Arabic news outlet identified the Saudi official who reportedly visited Israel as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia and heir apparent to the throne.

The IUVM Online report cited a United Arab Emirates intelligence officer, who claimed that bin Salman was the member of the Saudi royal family who met with Israeli officials in last week’s secret meeting.

The Emirati official claimed that the visit, which focused on plans to reboot the moribund negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was a result of growing pressure on the Saudi government to recognized Israel.

 

View original Arutz Sheva publication at:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235314

3 comments

  1. Bile Samaila says:

    This is a strategic move toward regional peace and security and it should be encourage. There is no way Saudi Arabia, a leading Arab state a cradle of Islam would look the other way when it comes to regional peace in the middle east. Its the only way to sustain mutual respect and understanding.

    • israelandstuffcom says:

      All true, but add this into the soup…
      Saudi Arabia recognizes Iran’s growing regional influence with the spread of a stronger Hezbollah in what was once a strategic partner, Syria.

      Saudi Arabia is afraid of Iran.

  2. Alden mamann says:

    Oil will be irrelevant in 100 years. If you can mix Saudi Arabia’s cash flow with Israel’s technology know-how, this would make the start of a huge economic trading bloc.

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