The UK newspaper Daily Mail reports Saudi King Salman will abdicate to his son Prince Mohammed Bin Salman next week, then Saudi Arabia plans to ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel.
By Elad Benar
The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported on Thursday, citing a source close to the country’s royal family.
The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. Continue Reading »
In his first ever interview by the Saudi media outlet, Israel’s chief of general staff said that due to a “complete consensus” between Israel and Saudi Arabia, “We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran.”
A Saudi newspaper on Thursday published an in-depth interview with Israel’s military chief, in an unprecedented step that highlights a shifting of the sands in the strategic makeup of the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salmane and Israel’s chief of general staff Gadi Eizenkot – Photos: Wikimedia
Israel Defense Force (IDF) chief-of-staff Lt. Continue Reading »
Although Jerusalem has supported resolutions against Syrian Human Rights violations in the past, including those submitted by Saudi Arabia, Israel has never co-sponsored a resolution with the Saudis.
• Syrian official called out Israel’s co-sponsoring the resolution as demonstrative of secret alliance between Riyadh and the Israelis.
By Itamar Eichner
Israel co-sponsored a Saudi resolution against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday for the first time.
The resolution passed; with 108 countries voting in favor, 17 against and 58 abstaining.Israel has in the past supported similar resolutions, including those submitted by Saudi Arabia, but has never co-sponsored such a resolution alongside Riyadh. Continue Reading »
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. Continue Reading »
Carrying on after US President Donald Trump’s first direct flight between Israel and Saudi Arabia since the birth of the Jewish State, now Minister Ayoob Kara seeking Israeli aircraft use of the Kingdom’s airspace.
An Israeli cabinet minister wants Saudi Arabia to permit Israeli pilgrims to board direct flights from Tel Aviv to Mecca, building on the success of US President Donald Trump in making the first direct flight between the two countries in recent memory.
Currently, Muslim citizens of Israel must schlep by bus, via Jordan, through the Arabian desert in order to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site. Continue Reading »
It has been reported that Saudi Arabia blocked access to an Israeli Arab website called Arab48, after it posted articles online claiming the Saudi royals intend to normalize diplomatic relations with the Jewish State before the Palestinian issue is resolved.
Saudi Arabia has blocked access to a popular Israeli Arab website after it posted articles about alleged Saudi plans to normalize relations with Israel and cited reports from the Hebrew press that Israeli officials were pleased with King Salman’s designation of his son, Mohammed Bin Salman, as crown prince.
The Arab48 website, whose coverage is sympathetic to the hard-line anti-Zionist Balad party and sharply criticizes Israeli policies, was blocked in Saudi Arabia beginning July 6, according to its editor-in-chief, Rami Mansour. Continue Reading »
Following Air Force One being the first plane to fly directly from Riyadh to Ben Gurion Airport, President Donald Trump’s team initiated talks for flights intended for Muslims wishing to visit Saudi religious sites in Mecca and Medina.
By Itamar Eichner
The United States, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel have recently been conducting secret negotiations to coordinate the first flight of Palestinian pilgrims from Ben Gurion airport to Saudi Arabia, with a short layover on the way, probably in Jordan.
Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynet’s sister print publication, learned of the intention to organize a special plane in which only Palestinian passengers between Israel and Saudi Arabia will be able to fly. Continue Reading »
Although denied by Saudi leadership the British Times reports possibility of Israeli airline El Al being allowed to fly over Saudi airspace and Israeli businesses being allowed to operate in the Persian Gulf.
Israel and Saudi Arabia have reportedly been holding talks to establish economic ties, according to British newspaper The Times, which cited American and Arab sources in its report.
Former Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki (center, in striped tie) and other members of his delegation, meet with Israeli Knesset members and others during a visit to Israel on July 22, 2016. – Photo: Twitter
According to the report, the historic move, if implemented, could be the first step toward normalizing relations and would begin with Israeli businesses being allowed to operate in the Persian Gulf. Continue Reading »
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Turkey’s foreign minister joined Avigdor Lieberman and the Saudi Foreign Minister urging the international community to punish Iran’s aggression and activities that are undermining regional stability.
By Itamar Eichner and Reuters
Israel and Saudi Arabia presented a united front on Sunday, issuing almost identical warnings of caution against Iranian aggression Sunday as the two countries urged the international community to punish Tehran for a myriad of activities undermining regional stability.Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir closed ranks, despite their respective countries having no official diplomatic relations, as they rebuffed statements made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calling on Sunni Muslim Gulf states to help reduce violence in the area. Continue Reading »
Established Saudi journalist Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, tells Jewish journalist Joseph Braude of the US conservative think tank, the Hudson Institute, that hiring Israeli Arabs could be a positive step toward establishing official relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
By Roi Kais
In an interview with US conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, journalist Joseph Braude interviewed Saudi journalist Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, who suggested that hiring Israeli Arabs in Arab countries could be a positive step toward establishing official relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi journalist, Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Al-Rashed was the editor of London-based Arab paper Asharq al-Awsat and had previously run Saudi-owned, pan-Arab television news channel Al Arabiya. Continue Reading »
The official reason for the Saudis end to financial aid is unknown, yet speculation is rife as Abbas has ignored suggestions of normalization with Israel, candidates for his replacement, and the distance he’s taken with the ‘Arab Quartet.’
In the last six months Saudi Arabia has discontinued financial aid for the Palestinian Authority, the Times of Israel website reported on Tuesday citing senior Ramallah officials.
According to the report, no reason was given for the withholding of the monthly payment of $20 million; however, a discord between Saudis and Palestinians may be linked to the widely reported rapprochement between the Gulf kingdom and Israel. Continue Reading »
The editorial in a Saudi English-language paper reflect recent signs that the local media is softening its position on Israel, a strategy change that has been linked to several contacts between the two countries. – ‘Baby steps’
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation and address Israel’s Knesset, a Saudi newspaper argued in it’s editorial on Monday.
The English-language Saudi Gazette said that Netanyahu’s invitation, issued during his speech to the UN General Assembly last week, was reminiscent of former prime minister Menachem Begin’s invitation to former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, which eventually led to the 1978 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Continue Reading »
Numerous pro-Jewish articles appearing in the Saudi press seems to be preparing the groundwork for future cooperation with the Jewish state.
By Guy Cohen
A series of articles in various Saudi news sources appears to be preparing the ground for greater cooperation with the Jewish state, according to Channel 2‘s veteran Arab affairs analyst, Ehud Yaari, who quoted reports by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Saudi Arabia – Reuters
Yaari said that there is absolutely no doubt that the articles are part of a coordinated campaign.
Yaari cited influential female Saudi columnist Saham al-Kahtani, who recently wrote that the description of Jews as the “sons of apes and pigs” in the Quran relates to the period in which the book was written, and not to the Jews of today. Continue Reading »
In response to the delegation of Saudi businessmen & academics visiting Israel, Hamas calls on Kingdom to end ‘normalizing visits’ to Jewish State since it ‘undermines rights of Palestinians.’
Hamas on Sunday called on the Saudi government to prevent “normalization” visits to Israel after a visit to the Jewish state by former Saudi General Anwar Eshki and a delegation of Saudi businessmen and academics earlier this month.
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Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim tells BBC Arabic, “In Arab societies, the picture of Israeli society is that it embraces a culture of death, wants to spill blood & does not believe in peace… The Israeli society that I encountered embraces a culture of peace… wants coexistence & wants peace.”
By ADAM RASGON
Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim, a member of the Saudi Arabian delegation that recently visited Israel and the Palestinian territories, told BBC Arabic on Friday that he believes Israeli society wants peace.
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Former Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki and a group of Saudi businessmen and academics in Jerusalem, July 22, 2016.