Netanyahu reportedly made secret trip to Saudi Arabia during Sec. Pompeo visit

Netanyahu reportedly made secret trip to Saudi Arabia during Sec. Pompeo visit
Abraham Accords signing 15 Sep 2020. Fox News video. L-R: Bahrain. FM Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. President Trump. UAE, FM Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan. Fox News video

[Ed. – This event seems to have been just well enough known to test the waters inside Saudi Arabia.  MBS has said previously his biggest hurdle is domestic opposition to an accord with Israel; i.e., the tribal leaders he has to keep a tense balance with.  One would like to hope the new Arab-Israel accords could hold up even if Biden becomes president.  I’m not sure they can withstand pressure right now, but as with everything else, we’ll see.]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, a senior Cabinet minister told local news media, signaling a potential breakthrough for Israel as it strives for acceptance in the region.

Various Israeli news outlets and Axios, citing Israeli sources, reported Monday that Netanyahu had met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — the first known meeting between the crown prince and Netanyahu. …

Netanyahu on Monday declined to comment on the reports, saying only: “I never talked about these kinds of things and I will not start now. I’m committed to strengthening Israel.”

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