Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar visits Israel as plane spotted at Tel Aviv airport: report

A plane carrying renegade Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar reportedly landed at Ben Gurion Airport in the Palestinian-occupied territories, amid reports that officials in the North African country have been offered to establish relations diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime in exchange for Israeli support.

The Arabic service of the Russian Arabic TV news channel RT, citing Hebrew-language Israeli media, reported that a Dassault Falcon 900 plane was spotted at the airport on Thursday, which made a brief stop in Israel after a quick layover in Cyprus.

RT Arabic added that the plane left Ben Gurion Airport after two hours.

The report comes amid media reports that Abdulhamid Dbeibah, interim prime minister of Libya’s Tripoli-based national unity government, met with Israeli officials last week, including the head of the Mossad intelligence agency. , David Barnea, in the Jordanian capital of Amman to discuss the normalization of relations and security cooperation.

Dbeibeh denied having recently met Barnea.

The post of Jerusalem, citing reports from Saudi Arabia and Libya, revealed the alleged secret meeting.

“This has not happened and will not happen in the future, our position is firm and clear on the Palestinian cause,” according to a statement from the Libyan government.

Dbeibah is not the first Libyan personality to have met with Israeli officials.

Saddam Haftar, the son of Khalifa Haftar, reportedly traveled to Israel in late December last year for a secret meeting with Israeli officials during which he reportedly offered to establish diplomatic relations.

According to a report by the Haaretz daily at the time, Haftar carried a message from his father asking for Israeli “military and diplomatic assistance” in return for a commitment to establish a process of normalization between Libya and Israel similar to the so-called Abraham Accords between the Tel-Aviv Regime and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

In a rare interview with an Israeli newspaper last year, a senior Libyan official in Haftar’s east-based government called on Israel to support him.

“We have never been and never will be enemies, and we hope that you will support us. It is only circumstances that have separated us so far,” said Abdul Salam al-Badri, Deputy Prime Minister of the government affiliated with Haftar, in Makor Rishon.

Israel has no official ties with Libya, which was a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, especially under Muammar Gaddafi.

Israeli officials would constantly interfere in Libya’s internal affairs. They hope that Haftar, like Sudan’s military rulers, would pave the way for their dominance over the resource-rich Arab nation.