by WorldTribune Staff, September 14, 2017
A senior member of the Saudi royal family held high-level talks with Israeli officials during a secret trip to the Jewish state last week, a reports said.
“A prince from the Royal Court visited the country in secret over the past few days and discussed the idea of pushing regional peace forward with a number of senior Israeli officials,” the IBC reported, citing the Russian Sputnik media outlet.
The IUVM Online Arabic news outlet cited a United Arab Emirates intelligence officer who claimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia and heir apparent to the throne, was the visitor.
The Emirati official claimed that the visit, which focused on plans to reboot the negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was a result of growing pressure on the Saudi government to recognize Israel.
The report came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that relations between Israel and the Arab world were better than ever before in Israel’s history.
“What’s happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history – even when we signed agreements,” said Netanyahu.
“What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history.”
Both Israeli and Saudi foreign ministries refused to comment on reports of the secret meeting.