Tag Archive for Saudi Arabia

Israel’s ‘no longer kept secret’ flightpath to the Arabian Gulf

According to ‘Aviation Bridge’ CEO, the private Israeli airline has recently begun advertising its executive jet flight services from Israel to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

By Itay Blumenthal

 

Business and privet jets flying from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport to the United Arab Emirates are a fairly regular occurrence, although such flights have been usually kept under wraps. But now that the two countries have begun to cement their relationship, such flights are no longer kept secret.

This is the case with private Israeli airline “Aviation Bridge,” which has recently begun advertising flights to the Persian Gulf States on their website, including Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Continue Reading »

HISTORIC: Saudi Arabia permits Israelis to enter

Baby Steps‘: With unofficial ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel expedited since President Trump’s inauguration, Israelis are now being allowed limited visits to Saudi Arabia ‘under certain conditions’.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS

 

Interior Minister Arye Deri on Sunday authorized a select number of Israelis to be the first with permission to visit Saudi Arabia, under certain conditions that include Israeli entrepreneurs seeking investments, in a sign of warming ties.

After consulting the country’s security establishment, Deri issued a statement saying that Israelis would be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia under two circumstances: for religious reasons on pilgrimage for the haj, or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings. Continue Reading »

Notable Saudi Tours Israel Incognito: “I Love the Jewish People!”

A distinguished Saudi cultural researcher & scholar of Jewish texts accepted an invitation by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to visit Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Remarking on how local Israeli Jews welcomed him warmly when learning who he was, the Saudi guest proclaimed, “I love the Jewish people and all citizens of Israel!”

By Israel Today Staff

 

Relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia have improved significantly in recent years. Earlier this year, the visit of a Saudi Arabian blogger made big headlines, especially after local Arabs attacked him on the Temple Mount for normalizing relations with the Jewish state.


Blogger Mohammed Saud, attacked by Arabs while on the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Saudi, Israeli forces attack pro-Iran Quds force on Syria/Iraq border

An unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic writes, “Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets, that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias.”

By TZVI JOFFRE

 

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been blamed for recent air strikes targeting pro-Iranian militias in the Albukamal area of Syria near the border with Iraq, according to Arab media. The attacks resulted in a number of deaths and injuries and the destruction of weapon storage facilities and rocket launchers.

“Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias,” said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. Continue Reading »

Saudi Arabia arrests 60 Hamas terrorists, confiscate money, property

Lebanese daily reports Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of Hamas members, confiscated their computers, documents, money, property, and banned activities by companies & organizations suspected of illegally laundering money for the Palestinian terrorist organization.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen reoprted that Saudi Arabia’s internal security forces have arrested over 60 people identified as members of the Hamas terror group.

The report, which Al Mayadeen attributed to “Palestinian sources,” noted that some of those arrested are Hamas parliamentarians who live in Gaza.

It also noted that the Saudi security forces had raided the Hamas members’ Saudi Arabia offices, confiscating computers and documents. Continue Reading »

Saudi diplomat slams Abbas’ rejection of Trump’s plans for statehood

The Saudi official called Palestinian leadership “irresponsible” by ignoring President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’, that includes a “clear path leading to complete Palestinian independence,” asking rhetorically, “Maybe it is hard for them to part with the character of the ever-suffering victim and they don’t believe they could survive without it?”

BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

“History and Allah brought a real opportunity,” a top-ranking Saudi diplomat told Israelis via an interview in Globes on Friday. “The blood conflict had lasted too long. Us Saudis and all Gulf States plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to war with Israel is over.” Continue Reading »

Saudi journalist tweets advice to PA: Don’t blow another opportunity

Mohammed Al Shaikh, a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper points to Abbas’ blunders, “You missed a lot of opportunities from 1948 to the annexation of Jerusalem, and excelled only in hatred, insults, curses and blaming others for neglecting your cause.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Saudi Arabian journalist Muhammad al-Sheikh wrote two days ago in his Twitter account his “advice” to the Palestinian Authority in light of their invitation to an economic workshop in Bahrain as part of the Trump Administration’s ‘Deal of the Century.’

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Turkey assists Palestinian-Jordanian maneuvers to control ‘East Jerusalem’

ANALYSIS: Saudi Arabia, Marocco and Erdogan’s Islamist regime in Turkey are strategically interfering in Israel’s internal affairs by funding & inciting Arab activists, and it’s no coincidence that the Wakf & Palestinians are now taking steps to control the Temple Mount, just as Trump’s special advisor has begun to advance the ‘Deal of the Century.’

By Yochanan Visser

 

Once again Palestinian Arab Muslims, backed by foreign actors, try to stir up unrest over the Temple Mount where they have built numerous unauthorized buildings and mosques.

Last Friday, thousands of Arab Muslims chanting “Allah Hu Akbar broke the status quo on the Temple Mount again when they entered an area known as the Golden Gate or Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy) in Arabic. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Barack Obama lied to Saudi Arabia, set mid-East back 20 years

Previous Saudi envoy to the U.S., in an interview with Independent Arabia, said Obama “would promise something and do the opposite,” then quoted Saudi King Abdullah as saying, “I did not expect that [after] this long life, I would see [the day] when an American president lies to me.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

Former US president Barack Obama lied to Saudi Arabia when violating the redlines he famously declared regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not acting when they were used, a former senior Saudi official said in an interview with Independent Arabia.

Bandar bin Sultan served for years as head of Saudi intelligence as well as the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Continue Reading »

Philippines seek Saudi approval for overfly rights on route to Israel

In time for their winter travel season, Philippine Airlines, the country’s national carrier, is seeking direct flights to Israel over Saudi Arabia, much like the consideration Air India received to launch their direct flights to the Jewish State in March 2018.
– Saudi overfly rights would shave at least an hour of travel time, reducing the cost substantially to Tel Aviv from Manila.

By i24NEWS

 

 

The Philippine government is said to be in talks with Saudi Arabia for the rights to fly through its airspace on a direct flight path to Israel, local Philippine media reports said Wednesday.

The negotiations are underway ahead of the anticipated launch of direct Manila-Tel Aviv flights by the state-owned Philippine Airlines this year, the reports said.

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Arabic Daily: Saudis & Egypt push Arab countries to engage Israel

Al Araby Al Jadeed rReport says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman discussed how to encourage Arab countries to develop trade relations with Israel as part of President Trump’s regional peace plan.

By Tal Polon

 

The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working together to convince other Arab countries to take steps toward developing economic relations with Israel and making progress in political relations, in accordance with Israel’s demand as part of the US peace plan, according to a report this morning in the UK-based Arabic newspaper Al Araby Al Jadeed.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – Wikimedia

According to the report, extensive meetings held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the latter’s visit to Cairo this week dealt largely with the US “Deal of the Century” peace plan. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Saudi slams Palestinians for exploiting religion, to milk the world for cash

In the viral video, a Saudi blogger slams the Palestinian Authority saying, “You’re a bunch of dogs, rabid dogs, who only bark at those that feed them. You’ve turned your [political] issues into a source of income. You’ve turned our shared religion [Islam] into a way of making money.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still nominally allied with the Palestinian Authority, a long-time client of the oil-rich custodian of Islam’s holiest cities, recent reports suggest ties between the two have been cooling in recent years.

Covert cooperation with Israel against the common foe of Iran, along with the support of some Palestinian Arab factions of the Tehran regime, have encouraged the Saudi leadership to push the PA to accept a negotiated peace with Israel, even on terms less favorable than previous offers. Continue Reading »

Gallivanting Jewish Israeli blogger in Riyadh, Medina holy mosques outrages Saudis

Posting a hosts of selfies to Facebook and Instagram showing the Israeli Jewish blogger living it up in the Islamic Kingdom, while wearing a kefiyah, is causing an uproar in Saudi Arabia.

By Israel Today Staff

 

An Israeli Jewish blogger recently did what few others would dare by traveling (presumably on a foreign passport) to Saudi Arabia.

But Ben Tzion didn’t only go to Saudi Arabia, he let everyone know about it, in rather epic fashion, via Facebook.

Ben Tzion posted a number of selfies with both local officials and average Saudis.

In all of the shots, he was wearing an Arab headdress, or kefiyah, which along with his beard was the perfect disguise. Continue Reading »

Abbas in Saudi Arabia irks King on Hamas weapons, violence and Iranian ties

In Riyadh, PA despot Abbas was urged by Saudi Royals to distance the new Palestinian unified gov’t from Iran and not allow Hamas to stockpile weapons.

By i24NEWS

 

The West Bank and Gaza will benefit from large-scale Saudi investment projects if the Palestinian Authority joins the kingdom in taking an aggressive stance against Iran’s role in the Middle East, Palestinian sources privy to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday said.

Saudi officials, led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, sought to persuade Abbas to take a tough stance on Hamas as it moves forward with joining the internationally-recognized Palestinian government. Continue Reading »

US St Dept: Video clip of Trump’s upcoming Saudi trip, with Israel deleted, was ‘inadvertent mistake’

 

Exposed faux pas recognized by State Department after learning that the US embassy in Saudi Arabia had ‘shared’ a video from the social media account of a private Saudi citizen, without realizing that ‘Israel’ had been edited out.
– WATCH clips, see if you spot the difference.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA

 

The State Department called the posting of a video by the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia that removed Israel from an announcement about the president’s upcoming trip to the region an “inadvertent mistake.”

On Monday, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., criticized the State Department for “editing out” Israel in the video posted on the Riyadh embassy website and Arabic-language Twitter account. Continue Reading »