Israeli media write that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen have met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reportedly attended the historic meeting, writes the Times of Israel newspaper.
It is the first known senior meeting between an Israeli and a Saudi leader. Netanyahu’s plane allegedly stayed on Saudi soil for five hours in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Neom before flying back to Israel.
At the same time, Pompeo announced that he had had “constructive meetings” with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, but did not mention that Netanyahu was present at the meeting. Pompeo has been on a tour of the Middle East, including Israel – read more HERE.
No official confirmation has been received of Netanyahu’s historic visit to Saudi Arabia from Israel, the United States or Saudi Arabia. According to the Israeli TV channel KAN, the meeting was about Iran and the upcoming Biden administration.
The Trump administration hopes that Saudi Arabia will follow in the footsteps of the Emirates and Bahrain and recognize Israel and establish diplomatic ties (the Abrahamic Agreements), something that seems less likely in the wake of the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Read more about the Abrahamic Agreements HERE.
Many believe that the new Biden administration will resume the controversial nuclear deal with Iran, which both Israel and Saudi Arabia are strongly opposed to. But the Trump administration will not make it easy for its customers. They want to impose many new sanctions on Iran before the inauguration of Biden on January 20, 2021. Also read: Do you think Biden will resume the Iran deal?