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Saudi participation in a security conference organized by Israeli Policy Forum in New York

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The former head of the Saudi intelligence service, Turki al-Faisal, participated in the “Middle East Security” conference, which was organized by the Israeli Policy Forum in New York, in the presence of former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy and a number of former officers of the Israel army. Keep Reading

Israeli official confirms Mohammed bin Salman visited Israel

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In September, Israeli and Arab media reported that a Saudi prince had traveled to Israel and had held consultations with senior Israeli officials over “regional peace.” Keep Reading

Saudi dignitary’s travel to Israel sparks speculation

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An unidentified Saudi dignitary travelled to Israel recently, Arab and Israeli media speculated, even though the country does not share formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Local media reports said the Gulf official went to Israel to discuss “regional peace”.
An emir of the Saudi royal court visited the country secretly in recent days and discussed with senior Israeli officials the idea of advancing regional peace,” said a Voice of Israel radio report.

According to a Bloomberg report on Monday, communications minister Ayoub Kara said he had met with someone from the Gulf, without divulging any details.

“I met with an important person from a Gulf country and that’s all I can say about it,” Kara told Bloomberg.

Speculation of the meeting has come shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech last Wednesday, in which he said Israel’s relations with the Arab world have never been better in “any other period in Israeli history”.

Related: Inching Closer To Saudi Arabia, Israel Moves To Ban Al Jazeera

That same day, Israeli reporter Ariel Kahana set out to investigate the PM’s comment, after which he tweeted – based on sources that wished to remain anonymous – that “the background of [Netanyahu’s] statement is the visit of a prominent character from the Arab world today in Israel”.

The following Thursday, Israel Radio correspondent Simon Aran announced via Twitter that it was a Saudi prince who “visited Israel secretly and met with high-ranking Israeli officials to discuss the promotion of regional peace”.

Aran told Middle East Eye that he believes Netanyahu’s speech on Wednesday coupled with several reports by Israeli and Saudi media – all sourced to unidentified individuals – make it seem “very logical that a visit took place”.

Finally, another hint came on Friday from the Gulf, when an officer in the Emirati security forces tweeting under a pseudonym claimed that it was Mohammed bin Salman, accompanied by an entourage of Saudi officials, who visited Israel.

A person associated with several high-ranking Israeli officials told MEE he is “100 percent certain a prominent official from the Gulf visited Israel”. The source said he saw pictures and conclusive information indicating that a visit took place, but he is not certain if it was indeed the Saudi crown prince or someone else.

Shaul Yanai, an Israeli expert on Middle Eastern affairs from Haifa University, told MEE he is not surprised by speculations of a meeting.

Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman and Netanyahu are saying relations with Saudi have never been better, and the reason “for this is the joint strategic coordination against Iran. Iran threatens everybody in the Middle East, this is the main issue here – an alliance against Iran,” Yanai said.

Related: US Diplomat: New Saudi Crown Prince Is Israel’s ‘Dream Come True’

“Judging by Israeli media, a senior official from Saudi did visit Israel, but I’m not sure it is Mohammed bin Salman, as he is perhaps the most powerful man in the kingdom, and you don’t send such a person to attend secret meetings. That said, he is young and known for breaking traditions, so I can’t be certain that it isn’t him,” Yanai added.

Yanai also said that Saudi planes have been landing in the military zone of Ben Gurion airport, fuelling further speculation. He added that Saudi Arabia has been frustrated with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi has been re-evaluating its relationship with Israel over the past two months. They need Israel because they don’t trust the United States any more. Trump is disappointing them, he isn’t clear about the crisis in Qatar, he’s allowing the Russians to act in Syria, he’s facing his own problems at home and has no time for them. He’s unstable,” said Yanai.

Other media, however, said that it was a Qatari official who travelled to Israel.

According to Elaph, an Arab-language newspaper based out of London, “a high-level Qatari official quietly visited Tel Aviv mid-week and discussed security issues with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”.

Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar do not share diplomatic ties with Israel, but the two countries are locked in a tense dispute after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the small Petro-Gulf state on 5 June.

This post was written by Yuval Abraham and was originally published by Middle East Eye.

Source: Iuvmpress

China’s role in Israel’s artificial Gaza island project

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Yisrael Katz, Israeli Minister of Transport, has long had proposed his brainchild project to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza Strip. But in recent years, his idea has become highlighted as almost all the Israeli officials are rooting for the project, except Prime Minister Netanyahu. Keep Reading

South Africa’s ANC: Israel was established ‘on basis of apartheid’

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South Africa’s ruling party condemned Israel as a nation founded on the basis of apartheid, and branded the establishment of the state a crime against humanity. Keep Reading

Latin America: Israeli regime’s new target

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This effort by the Israelis is made as they are often condemned by the world body for their regular violation of the human rights as they continue to occupy the Palestinian territories. Concerns over persistent UN condemnations push the Israeli leaders to conceive of ways to find new valves on the world stage. Keep Reading

UN report: Israel has established an ‘apartheid regime’

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he publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating – or even has already created – a de facto “one-state”, which critics warn would constitute a form of apartheid. Keep Reading

Demonstrations in Buenos Aires against Netanyahu’s visit

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Pro-Palestinian and left-wing demonstrators held a rally in the capital, Buenos Aires, on Monday, ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival, to condemn the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and crimes against Palestinian people. Keep Reading

An American religious leader evokes Israel’s shadowy role in 9/11 a false flag attack

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The 9-11 attack was the destruction of World Trade Centre towers of the US, which became a scar in the history on whose name, Muslims in America kept on being tortured and discriminated. Keep Reading

Nationalist challenger criticises Zionism: Zionists fund chaos in the Middle East

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Nationalist party Alliansen (The Alliance) was founded less than one year ago and hence has no current parliamentary representation, but has been a breath of fresh air in the months leading up to the election, receiving plenty of media coverage in their bid to enter the Storting. The party’s founder and leader is the charismatic Hans Jørgen Lysglimt Johansen, who gained notoriety in Norway for supporting Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election. Keep Reading

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