Israel and Saudi Arabia are in advanced talks to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while in the United Arab Emirates tomorrow, Kan news reports.
The meeting would reportedly be held concurrently with Netanyahu’s meeting with UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
Netanyahu and bin Salman are widely believed to have held a clandestine meeting in Saudi Arabia in November. Neither government officially acknowledged it, though an Israeli minister said the meeting took place.
A US intelligence report made public late last month said that bin Salman “approved” the gruesome murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The prince, who is de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia and due to take over from the ailing King Salman, “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report said.
But while the US administration responded to the report by immediately banning 76 Saudis, it did not sanction or otherwise target the crown prince.