An Israeli private jet has landed in Saudi Arabia amid speculation that the Persian Gulf kingdom and the Tel Aviv regime will normalize diplomatic relations as US President Joe Biden visits the Arab country in the coming days in the part of a regional trip.
The plane, which was previously used by the Israeli spy agency Mossad, took off from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and landed in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, on Monday afternoon, according to commentator Simon Arann. political affairs for the Arabic-speaking Israeli Makan. television network.
The report comes a day after Israel’s prime minister expressed hope that the regime will establish formal diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.
“Israel is reaching out to all countries in the region and calling on them to connect with us, build relationships with us and change history for our children,” Yair Lapid told a weekly meeting of the firm.
He claimed that Biden will carry “a message of peace and hope from us” when he sets sail for Saudi Arabia.
Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, but share clandestine security ties. The kingdom is widely believed to be one of a handful of Arab states with open ties to Israel.
On May 30, Lapid said the Tel Aviv regime was coordinating with the United States and Persian Gulf countries on a process of normalization and establishing full diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.
“We believe it is possible to have a normalization process with Saudi Arabia. It is in our interests,” the Israeli foreign minister told Army Radio at the time.
“We have already said that this is the next step after the [so-called] Abraham Accords to talk about a long and careful process,” he added, referring to the 2020 normalization agreements that Israel reached with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan under the former US President Donald Trump.
Lapid warned that the normalization process with Saudi Arabia would be long and that progress would come in small steps, saying the security interests of both sides were at stake.
Last May, a senior Israeli official reportedly visited Saudi Arabia and met with a senior Saudi official, fueling speculation that the two sides could take reciprocal steps towards “normalizing” their relationship.
Israeli media reported that the unnamed official traveled to the Saudi capital and met with a senior Saudi official inside the royal palace.
Hebrew-language television channel Channel 12 described the visit as a sign that relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv were “heating up”.
According to the channel, the visit aimed, among other things, to coordinate security cooperation between the two parties.