Netanyahu, Mossad Head Traveled to Saudi Arabia to Meet With Prince

Saudis: No Progress Made


In a groundbreaking event, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

If confirmed, it would be the first time that an Israeli prime minister landed on Saudi Arabian soil. Netanyahu was reportedly accompanied by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also joined the meeting at the Red Sea resort of Neom, after a day of meetings with the prince in Riyadh.

Earlier, Pompeo said that the two had discused the malign influence of Iran in the region. There has been speculation that Saudi Arabia might also normalize relations with Israel soon. The weeks leading up to Trump's departure from office might be the ideal time for such a move, which would cement an anti-Iranian alliance as Joe Biden enters the Oval Office.

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However, it appears the talks did not yield results.

The Wall Street Journal reported that an anonymous “Saudi government advisor” said that Netanyahu and bin Salman discussed Iran and normalization, but reached no agreements.

The Saudis’ position, apparently, still remains opposed to normalization without a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Sunday, “We have supported normalization with Israel for a long time, but one very important thing must happen first: a permanent and full peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.”

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