On Sunday, it was reported by Israeli media that the Crown Prince met Netanyahu secretly. However, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia has denied the news. He took the denial of meeting between MBS and Netanyahu to Twitter. His Tweet read that “I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo. No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”
I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo. No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.
— فيصل بن فرحان (@FaisalbinFarhan) November 23, 2020
He further stated that “No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”
The public broadcaster of Israel ‘Kan’ has spread the word publically that a secret meeting was held between MBS and the Netanyahu. This news came weeks after the peace talks between Saudi allies and Israel. Donald Trump was the broker of those deals conducted earlier.
However, on the basis of anonymity, an Israel official stated that Netanyahu along with the head of Mossad Spy Agency, Yossi Cohen flew to Neom located in Saudi Arabia in order to meet the Crown Prince. The official further said that the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was also present there.
Departure for secret meeting
As per the data collected from FlightRadar24.com, a private aircraft took off from the airport situated near Tel Aviv and flew towards the south before taking its route towards Neom. Following the same route and flying over the Siani Peninsula, the jet reached Tel Aviv.
ABSOLUTELY rare Israeli flight direct to new Saudi mega-city Neom on Red Sea shore
It was Bibi's ex-fav bizjet t7-cpx. Back to Tel Aviv after 5 hours on ground pic.twitter.com/Ty9aedYbsK
— avi scharf (@avischarf) November 23, 2020
On this heart-pounding news, there was no instant reaction from Netanyahu due to his unavailability. Moreover, the US state department also denied providing with their remarks on this unpublicized meeting between MBS and Netanyahu.
In the wake of easing the relationship between the two historic foes, analysts suggest that MBS is pursuing towards easing the situation with an open mindset. On the other hand, the US is also playing a major role of a moderator and pushing the state of Saudia Arab to shake hands with Israel. Moreover, the recent incident could be a secret preparation of a new accord.