Israeli officials confirm Netanyahu’s first public visit to Saudi Arabia while Riyadh denies it

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Islam News – By Rayan Haidar – An Israeli official said on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia and its met Crown Prince, Mohamed Bin Salman, for this to be the first public visit as the countries close ranks against Iran.

 Israeli media said Netanyahu had secretly flown on Sunday to Neom, on the Red Sea, for talks with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

However, reports of the meeting between the crown prince and Netanyahu were denied by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud- Reuters reported.

“I met Pompeo at the airport and went with him to the meeting. I then took him back to the airport. Saudi and American officials were the only ones present throughout,” he said.

On the other hand,  a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet, Yoav Gallant, confirmed the media reports on Monday, saying, “The very fact the meeting happened, and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance.” 

The normalization deals signed by United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were condemned by the Palestinians for the fact it is a betrayal of their cause.

And now, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, declared that Riyadh totally supports normalization with Israel, saying it had been favored “for a long time” but, on a condition that a permanent and complete peace agreement is to be approved in order to guarantee the Palestinian’s state with dignity- Press tv reported.

Mossad Yossi – director of the Israeli spy agency – believed that Saudi Arabia would normalize relations with Israel, but would do so after the US election, to capitalize fully on such a move with the next president, as the Press tv report read.

Between the confirmation of the Israeli media and the denial of the Saudi for this tripartite meeting, the reason for this secret meeting was for Israel and its Gulf partners are concerned about a possible review of U.S. policies in the region by Biden. Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, stated that he would rejoin the nuclear accord that world powers signed with Iran if it first resumed strict compliance with the deal.

Netanyahu, in an apparent message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, said in a speech on Sunday there should be no return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald Trump.

As Trump’s term winds down, Pompeo has been trying to coax other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf to normalize relations with Israel, as Press tv reported.

And now, will Saudi Arabia – Islam’s birthplace – normalize with Israel and betray the Arab country, Palestine? Or the more accurate question should be, will Saudi Arabia sign the normalization deal any time soon?