Breaking News of Saudi Crown Prince's "Secret" Visit To Israel Brings Embassy Scramble

Tyler Durden's picture

Clearly the war in Syria and the international push for regime change against Assad has created strange alliances in the Middle East over the past few years. Among the strangest bedfellows are the Israelis and Saudis. It's no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called "Shia crescent" as their primary policy goal in the region. But that's perhaps why few pundits seemed overly shocked when Israeli media late last week began reporting that a Saudi prince made a secret visit to Israel, in spite of the fact that the kingdom does not recognize the Jewish state, and the two sides do not have diplomatic relations.

Last Wednesday (9/6) Israel's state funded Kol Yisrael radio service made cryptic reference to the "secret" yet historic visit while withholding names and specifics. "An emir of the Saudi royal court visited the country secretly in recent days and discussed with senior Israeli officials the idea of advancing regional peace," the station reported. It added further that, "Both the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the issue."


Left: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Right: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The visit is said to have occurred the same week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed "unprecedented" relations with the Arab world. Netanyahu made the comments before members of the foreign ministry and said, "Things that are happening today between Israel and the Arab world are unprecedented. Cooperation on a wide range of issues are occurring behind the scenes, more than at any time in Israel’s history."

But on Sunday reports began to emerge that the unidentified Saudi royal in question is no less than Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, which would indeed be shocking news:

On Sunday, the IUVM Online Arabic news outlet identified the Saudi official who reportedly visited Israel as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia and heir apparent to the throne.

 

The IUVM Online report cited a United Arab Emirates intelligence officer, who claimed that bin Salman was the member of the Saudi royal family who met with Israeli officials in last week’s secret meeting.

Western journalists also began on Sunday to report the dignitary as being Crown Prince Salman - something which could have huge geopolitical consequences for the region given that such a high level meeting would possibly take place at all.

The reports were immediately disputed and subject to disbelief and controversy. As bin Salman's name continued to circulate Sunday, the Saudi Embassy in Washington D.C. attempted to shut down news of the visit. A senior Saudi diplomatic official took to Twitter with a simple "Nope" in reference to the allegations.

Of course, if true such a dramatic move between the countries would signify a monumental shift in relations and outlook. On Sunday Israeli media was also broadly advancing bin Salman's name as the Saudi emir in question.


Multiple Israeli outlets on Sunday identified Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as having met with senior Israeli officials early last week.

Though initial reports in Israeli media speculated that it could mean positive momentum on the Palestinian issue, it is unlikely that the future king of Saudi Arabia himself would suddenly pay a personal visit to Israel over an issue which has stalemated regional diplomacy for decades. It also doesn't appear that Israeli policy on settlements has undergone any significant on the ground change. If true, public knowledge of the visit will certainly result in embarrassment for both countries, especially on the Saudi domestic front.

The initial Israeli public radio report referenced the visit of "an emir of the Saudi royal court" on Wednesday while saying the trip took place "in recent days". As both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been so heavily invested in pursuing regime change in Syria, and at a time when other world powers seem to be backing off, it is inconceivable that Syria wasn't high on the agenda during the unprecedented visit.

The timing of the meeting also seems more than just coincidental in relation to last week's Israeli airstrike on a Syrian military facility, which took place in the middle of the night Wednesday (or more precisely Thursday morning at 3:00 am). As we reported at the time, Israel's brazen act of aggression was designed to provoke a response from Syria. As the Syrian government stands poised to be victorious in the more than 6-year long conflict while rapidly regaining more and more territory, Israel seems desperate to keep the war going and is still making last ditch efforts to draw external powers deeper into Syria, though framing its aggression as "humanitarian".

Could the two powers have been engaged in face to face talks over renewed efforts at ramping up the stalled war for regime change in Syria? After all, Israel's declarations of its willingness to do anything to prevent an enduring Iranian presence in Syria have reached a new erratic pitch of late. During Netanyahu's recent contentious summit with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the Israeli leader reportedly warned Putin that Israel would not tolerate an enlarged and stronger Shia sphere of influence along Israel's border. Yet the current trajectory of the war in Syria ensures just that, especially after the US-Russia brokered Astana agreement seemed to give tacit approval of Iranian troop presence in parts of Syria, while placing Russia in the driver's seat. It was further revealed that a senior Israeli official accompanying Netanyahu on the trip threatened to assassinate Syrian President Assad by bombing his palace in Damascus, while further adding that Israel will seek to derail the Astana de-escalation deal.

As for Saudi Arabia, while its deep embroilment in inter-GCC diplomatic war with Qatar seems to have tempered what used to be routine calls for Assad's departure, it must be remembered that the current unraveling of the GCC is ultimately benefiting IranIt is entirely possible that the Iran issue alone might drive the kingdom into direct engagement with Israel no matter the risks and political embarrassment (for example, news of the visit hands Iran a propaganda victory and likely more influence on the so-called Arab street, even perhaps within Saudi's own domestic population).

Saudi Arabia could also be worried about future blowback from its well-documented actions in Syria. A WikiLeaks cable released in 2015 as part of the "Saudi Leaks" trove of internal leaked Saudi diplomatic memos speaks to just this scenario. Though the memo's exact date is unknown, it was drafted sometime in early 2012 based on internal references in the Arabic text. It spells out the kingdom's internal long term rationale on Syria: that should the Syrian regime "be able to pass through its current crisis in any shape or form" then increased "danger for the Kingdom" means Saudi Arabia must "seek by all means available and all possible ways to overthrow the current regime in Syria." A full translation of the key passage reads as follows:

"In what pertains to the Syrian crisis, the Kingdom is resolute in its position and there is no longer any room to back down. The fact must be stressed that in the case where the Syrian regime is able to pass through its current crisis in any shape or form, the primary goal that it will pursue is taking revenge on the countries that stood against it, with the Kingdom and some of the countries of the Gulf coming at the top of the list. If we take into account the extent of this regime’s brutality and viciousness and its lack of hesitancy to resort to any means to realize its aims, then the situation will reach a high degree of danger for the Kingdom, which must seek by all means available and all possible ways to overthrow the current regime in Syria."

Whether or not it was in fact Crown Prince Salman that himself went to Israel, the timing of the high level delegation's visit is simply impossible to ignore. Simply put, Syria was without a doubt discussed... and shortly thereafter Syria was bombed. Such direct and closer relations among perennial enemies could be a sign of more escalation and desperate measures to come in the region. This is certainly not - as Israeli media reported - a sign of regional peace.

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quadraspleen's picture

impeccable timing though, dontcha think?

9.11.17

You couldn't make it up.

peddling-fiction's picture

It must be a symbolic harbinger of good on Earth. /s

HowdyDoody's picture

October this year is also the 100 year anniversary of the Bolshevik looting of Russia (where did all the gold go?)

 

peddling-fiction's picture

"(where did all the gold go?)"

WW2 and "PAX" americana, and now it is being put to use to achieve full domination on Earth.

Glad you asked.

HowdyDoody's picture

I forgot to put /rhetorical at the end!

LindseyNarratesWordress's picture

This is still, even after four years, THE best essay on the big picture, of what has been done to our world, at-large, but, in-particular, to, and AGAINST, The Middle East:

 

http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/the-arab-spring-clash-of-ci...

 

 

"MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS OF THE MIDDLE-EAST, HEED MY WORDS…

You have been victims of a divide-and-conquer strategy that has completely demoralized your people, created strife and tension and disunity which has successfully pitted Shia against Sunni, Muslim against Christian, Kurdish against their neighbors, and vice-versa on all previous groups mentioned, all benefitting the furtherance of “The jewish Utopia.” http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=70583

It is zionism/israel/zOGs-of-USA-UK-Etc., that are MANIPULATING, FINANCING, RADICALIZING, and COORDINATING the proxies known as “the rebels” in Syria, as they did in Libya; however, there is one very big difference between what they did in Libya, to what they are doing in Syria:

THE WORLD NOW KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND “the rebels.”

Once the veneer had been lifted-off of the intended obfuscation/lie that the “Arab Spring” happened all on its own, and “the Libyan people revolted” and “the Syrian people revolted” and on and on it went, the people affected PERSONALLY by all of this evil began to seriously soul-search and question all that they were told previously about who is right and who is wrong and who is doing what to whom for whatever reason(s), and then discovered the ugly truth(s), first said by a few who were ignored, the world may have been able to prevent so much catastrophe if only “the people” affected by the subterfuge and treason by the “usual-suspects” had only believed the truths sopken by these few. As one commentator stated–“This has become known as the Arab Spring. Unfortunately, like all their previous struggles, there is a poisonous snake in the background, which covertly is directing and orchestrating this Arab Spring to reap its fruits for itself.” 

I tire of repeating myself as what I am saying in this essay I, and a growing number of others, have repeated literally hundreds of times personally in-writing, but it is necessary because of the importance of what is being repeated, and for the fact that obviously the information has not reached enough people, and those individuals and groups with the power and gravitas/influence to get started motivating people to speak-out and help change what is happening to OUR planet, not just what is happening to people in other nations, or with other religions.

It is becoming more and more known that there are very serious allegations that the Saudi “royals” are really crypto-jews installed by the zionist-controlled British after WW1. Other evidenced allegations say Ataturk was a donmeh jew who facilitated the destruction of The Ottoman Empire, which absolutely had to happen to be the catalyst of the physical-national “founding” of israel, because that land was part of the western boundary of The Ottoman Empire, known as Palestine, as if anyone needed to be reminded of that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine It also must be remembered that SUBTERFUGE is THE GREATEST TOOL employed against humanity, because with subterfuge, people never can truly know who is “the good guy,” who is “the bad guy,” what is true, what is false, if a movement legitimate or not, and on and on."...

 

Lindsey

    

donhuangenaro's picture

sounds like they're desperate...

Badsamm's picture

Russia needs to turn on those S-400's in Syria

sarz's picture

Ashkenazim? Baghdadi Jews, according to Saddam's intelligence report. Do you have any sources for that? Could be, given that Rita Katz of SITE fame (the Israeli agemcy that is the mysterious conduit of choice for important ISIS announcements) whose father was publicly hanged by Saddam as an Israeli spy, has an Ashkenazi name but is a known relative of the Sassoons, the best known Baghdadi Jews, who led the Jewish project known as the Opium Wars against China. 

LastLegion's picture

They both planned and took part in 9/11.  The Israelis with the explosives and the Saudis with the planes.  They were just talking the good old days.  sarc

liqmyace's picture

Duh, The enemy of my enemy is my friend. What's new?

Rodders75's picture

False flag coming in 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1...

mkkby's picture

Pretty obvious they've been in cahoots to overthrow Assad. Now they suddenly come out of the closet as friends... non event.

They are freaking out about how Iran has taken charge of Iraq and now Syria. The plans to take down Iran's allies one by one has failed thanks to Putin. Now Israel has Iran and Hezbollah on it's borders with Russian protection and the US barely in sight. A good reason to freak out. Assad is going to want revenge.

My guess is the Saudis will *somehow* get nukes out of this. They have always been afraid of Iran. If Iran attacked they would be wiped out. If Iran gets nukes, they must.

Giant Meteor's picture

Everyone looks so happy !

Awwww

ParkAveFlasher's picture

"Benny, how's it goin' bro?"

"Long time Sal!  Long time!"

SubjectivObject's picture

It's a (((family))) affair

it's a (((family)) affair

blood's thicker than the mud, 

it's a (((family))) affair

Eyes Opened's picture

(((Mementoil))) will be along shortly to give us a perfectly rational reason for the 911 re-union party....

Seasmoke's picture

September 11. That date rings a bell. But Not sure why ??

Herodotus's picture

The Prince is converting to Judaism and has been attending religious classes to complete the necessary steps in this process.

Bill of Rights's picture

Big fucken deal, funny how they announce these visits like these people are Gods or something...who gives a flying fuck.

Paul Morphy's picture

Both nations are hypocrites.

Giant Meteor's picture

Oh, it's even worse than that ...

Although, seeing how the US has certain arrangements with both, I'd say that makes US the chief hypocrite ..

Great optics on the anniversary, and I suppose that is the point eh ?

spanish inquisition's picture

MbS-  "We need to get this thing back on track in Syria. Maybe you could shoot down a couple of your jets and blame it on Assad. Maybe you could launch a chemical strike in Israel? Gassing of Jews is just the kind of PR we need.... We are in a WWJM (What would John McCain) do moment here. See, I have one of his wrist bands."

any_mouse's picture

Speaking of wristbands, LIVESTRONG is still a thing. Survived Lance Armstrong's reputation, I guess.

SillyWabbits's picture

The enemy of my enemy is my friend until I need my friend to be my enemy because without persecution -- real or imagined -- there is no foreign aid; reparations or war on terror money; and no basis for anti-Christianism.

Or something like that.

 

liqmyace's picture

Friendship is transient...

liqmyace's picture

This friendship is probably based on the need of KSA to launder some big money to finance some big shit that the cabal needs doing off the radar. Only reason the zionists want to be involved in anything would be if there is money to be made.

AntiMatter's picture

Concocting another 9/11 type false flag attack.

Byte Me's picture

The spice must flow.

Mike Masr's picture

"the idea of advancing regional peace"

This is a bad joke!

1.21 jigawatts's picture

Just wanted to wish eachother a happy anniversary.

Giant Meteor's picture

I wonder if there will be a big cake, and special envoys from the US for the fellatiate ceremony  ..

Infinite QE's picture

Birds of a feather plan terror together.

Iconoclast's picture

You live long enough you see everything eh?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum attempt to "bust another move" that FAILS!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And I guess General Jones will be the tip of the spear to do it's bidding

https://southfront.org/us-led-coalition-bombed-syrian-military-column-ne...

So where is the Russian Aerospace forces???...

HowdyDoody's picture

They have control of the large millitary airbase at Deir Ezzor (which is a little unsafe in the short term) and the more stable T4 airbase near Palmyra. That should dramatically reduce the flight time to the east, certainly for ground attack helicopters. The US coalition will have to fly in from or through Iraq, a much longer journey. A few Pantsir S1s at Deir Ezzor would be a nice bonus and put the dampeners on any potential US coalition 'accidental' air strikes in the area.

Maybe they could put in a few SOSNA systems to test them out in live battle conditions?

SMC's picture

With "friends" like these (USS Liberty, 9/11, etc...), who needs enemies?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

REPOST

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-10/dear-president-trump-america-ru...

What $24 trillion in (principle) + $132 Trillion in unfunded liability (interest) looks like!

And yet Trump said there is plenty of room to expand the debt ceiling!!!
Anybody interested in joining me, I'll be in Washington this afternoon for the event that made those #s above possible (https://www.press.org/events/bobby-mcilvaine-world-trade-center-investig...)

Time to get medieval on some lawmaker buttocks with a "pair" of pliers and a "blowtorch"!

when the saxon began's picture

don't forget JFK... and the FED...

Fiscal Smegma's picture

Good for Israel The Bigger the Jewish state the better the world will be. Awsome!!!

PrivetHedge's picture

So you want more white supremacists in Palestine for a 'better world'.

Better meaning more aparthied, war, chaos and suffering.

That's the God defying Kazah way, not the way of the original semite Israelites - whose descendants Israeli's oppress.

falconflight's picture

You pathetic Mudman,  why don't you suck on sum black cack.

hestroy's picture

OK, ok. You made an imbecile from yourself. Good for you.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

Fecal Magma you should go and burn in your Israhell.