Reports Say Netanyahu Secretly Met With Saudi Crown Prince, Saudis Deny Meeting Happened

Headline Roundup November 24th, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to reports from Israeli media and anonymous Saudi government advisers. The meeting was also reportedly attended by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had visited Israel the week before. On Monday, Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan denied the meeting with Netanyahu took place, saying, “No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”

Coverage in some left-rated outlets placed greater emphasis on implications for Palestine and mentioned Pompeo’s recent visit to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Coverage in some center- and right-rated outlets placed greater emphasis on the involved countries’ opposition to Iran.

Reports Say Netanyahu Secretly Met With Saudi Crown Prince, Saudis Deny Meeting Happened

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli media said.

A member of Netanyahu’s cabinet and Likud party on Monday confirmed reports that the Israeli leader had held a meeting in Saudi Arabia, calling it an “amazing achievement”.

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From the Center
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled in secret Sunday to the city of Neom on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli sources told me.

The latest: Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan on Monday denied the meeting took place — a signal that the Saudis may be unhappy with the leak or are at least trying to publicly distance themselves from the meeting. Netanyahu, on the other hand, has not denied the story.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Saudi Arabia on Sunday where he met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Israeli media reported Monday.

Netanyahu’s visit only lasted a few hours and marks the first official trip of its kind. He traveled to the city of Neom and was accompanied by Israel’s Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu and Cohen met with Pompeo and bin Salman possibly to discuss matters related to Iran and normalization.

Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia for...

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