High-ranking Israeli delegation in Riyadh, say reports

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According to Israel-based Rotter website, in the recent weeks, a senior Israeli delegation visited the Saudi capital of Riyadh to confer with Saudi leadership concerning regional developments.

Yesterday, In spite of Israeli Military Censor’s explicit proscription, Israeli channel 10 reported the details of a clandestine visit made by a leading Israeli delegation to KSA, discussing the close relationship between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Tzvi Yechezkeli, an Israeli expert on Arab and Middle- East affairs pointed to the uncertain date of the alleged visit, saying: “due to the strict measures instructed by Israeli Military Censor, further details shall remain shrouded in secrecy. For decades, the oil-rich Saudi Arabia sought to conceal its surreptitious links with Israel, though this age-old approach changed with King Salman’s ascension to throne along with ambitious princes who don’t regard overt ties with Israel as a source of embarrassment”.

Yechezkeli added that the Palestinian issue has been pushed to sidelines and Saudis are eager to boost mutual ties with Israel, further adding: “Americans have abandoned the [Middle-East] region, thus Saudis seek Israeli help and cooperation on whatsoever issues related to Iran and this evidently bolstered their relationship”.



Middle-East’s political landscape is rapidly re-shaping as hundreds of Saudi-backed rebels flee to Turkish, Jordanian and Lebanese borders amid Syrian Arab Army (SAA) making fresh gains in strategic areas, and on the other hand, a new powerful pro-Hezbollah alliance developed recently in neighbouring Lebanon. Syria peace talks and a spectrum of stability in the region faced Israel with the nightmare of strong Syria and recurring axis of resistance in international arena. Political spectators believe the increasing international isolation is the common factor, drawing up Riyadh to Tel Aviv and vice versa, hence the timing of recent Israeli visit can be understood to ask Saudis to cancel their military aid to Lebanon, inflaming the southern front in Syria and new media campaign against Hezbollah.

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