The New York Times reported how former PM Netanyahu helped Saudi Arabia extend its soon-to-be-expired license for the NSO’s spy software, in exchange for permission to allow Israeli planes to fly over Saudi territory to other Gulf states.
By Ido Ben Porat
The New York Times on Friday reported that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked to ensure that Saudi Arabia would be able to use the Pegasus software, around the time that the Abraham Accords were signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Abraham Accords signing ceremony. – Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO
According to the Times, the Gulf states, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, received a license to use the Pegasus program. Continue Reading »
Although no commercial flights are scheduled between Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the two states still share no official relations, direct flights between the two states are a considerable move forward in Saudi-Israeli relations.
An Israeli private jet landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, per KAN news, marking the first time a public flight from Israel has ever landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
HISTORIC: President Trump on Air Force One’s flight to the Jewish State was the first flight to have a publicized flight plan to successfully fly directly (non-stop) from Saudi Arabia to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
Both Jerusalem and Riyadh fear US President-elect Biden will adopt outdated, dangerous Obama policies on Iran which seriously damaged Washington’s ties with its traditional Jewish and Sunni Middle East allies.
By Reuters and ILH Staff
A historic meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran.
Last Sunday’s covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but publicly denied by Riyadh, conveyed a coordinated message to US President-elect Joe Biden that Washington’s main allies in the region are closing ranks. Continue Reading »
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 »
‘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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.’
ايها الفلسطينبون: فرص كثيرة اضعتموها منذ ٤٨ وحتى ضم القدس، ولم تفلحوا الا في الحقد و السب والشتم وتحميل الآخربن تفريطكم في قضاياكم.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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