Israel, Saudi Arabia said to be conducting negotiations about opening diplomatic ties

The UK’s Times newspaper reported that Israel and Saudi Arabia are conducting secret negotiations in order to build diplomatic ties between the two countries. According to the report, the initial relations will allow Israeli companies to open businesses in the Gulf states and El Al planes will be able to fly within the kingdom’s airspace. However, Saudi officials have denied the reports.
Trump in Saudi Arabia Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

London’s Times newspaper reported this morning (Saturday) that Saudi Arabia and Israel are conducting secret negotiations in order to build diplomatic ties between the two countries. According to the report, the relations will begin with baby steps such as allowing Israeli businesses to operate within the Gulf states and permitting El Al planes to fly within Saudi airspace.

The Times wrote that the prospect of establishing diplomatic relations with Israel could have played a partial role in Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut ties with Qatar. However, the newspaper reported that Saudi officials denied the claims, asserting that the negotiations are wishful thinking by the White House following US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country last month.

Israel has not had any official representation the Gulf states since 2009, when Qatar closed Israel’s economic mission in Doha in response to Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.



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