Linking a newspaper reportThe Jerusalem Post“The possibility of establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, with a possible arms deal between Riyadh and Washington, as the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is looking for more armament.
The Israeli newspaper confirmed that Netanyahu met in the city of Neom on the coast of the Red Sea, with Prince Muhammad bin Salman accompanied by his military secretary, Brigadier General Avi Bluth, in addition to the head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
According to the report, the fact that Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman met face to face, and the agreement to leak the news to the media, indicates that normalization between the two most powerful states in the Middle East “is not far-fetched.”
The report indicated that the approval of the normalization between the two countries is conditional on the approval of an arms deal that includes “F-35” aircraft, similar to that deal between the United States and Abu Dhabi.
The American “Wall Street Journal” said earlier this week, through an unnamed Saudi advisor, that the meeting discussed the issues of normalization and the Iranian file, without reaching an agreement.
What is between denial and confirmation about an Israeli visit to Saudi Arabia, however, sources and evidence indicate that the visit did indeed take place, even without confirmation by the parties concerned.
Saudi Arabia became the largest importer of weapons in the world between 2018 and 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as Saudi Arabia accounts for the lion’s share of the total arms sales in the region by 35 percent.
Although Washington was selling billions of dollars of military equipment to Riyadh, the United States is obligated to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East, before selling any advanced weapons to the countries of the region.
With Iran being considered a global threat by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel, the latter may once again give the green light to selling other weapons on a large scale to the Gulf kingdom, to tilt the balance of power further against Tehran.
American-Israeli writer Joel Rosenberg tells Newspaper: “The Jerusalem Post“The extraordinary trip of Netanyahu and his meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” will not be secret at all.
The writer, who had previously met the Saudi crown prince, added: “I don’t think anyone in that meeting wanted it to be secret. They were sending important signals to the region and the world, especially Iran.”
The writer who confirms that the meeting took place, according to his sources, says that the two countries are on their way to normalizing relations at some point, explaining that “it is better for everyone to get used to it and put it in their strategic calculations.”
Nevertheless, the author points out that the meeting was not primarily about the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, adding: “I think that the main message of the meeting was related to Iran.”
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, denied the Crown Prince’s meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister, in a tweet on Twitter.
The UAE was the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic relations with the Israeli state, followed by Bahrain and then Sudan, while Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu expects the circle of normalization to expand with other Arab countries that recognize Israel.