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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TRM's picture

No, no, not a "woe-man" a roman.
Throw him to the floor centurion and wuffly! 

 

smacker's picture

"[...] he dropped the bombshell that the house of Saud was Sephardi crypto Jewish and the British government new it."

Interesting, I didn't know they were Sephardic jews but it fits in with their crypto jewish history.

And they carry out terrorism with Ashkenazi jews in Israel.

ClickNLook's picture

Arabs are worried about oil prices, that's all.

Gews and Arabs are from the same ancestors according to Thorah. Except gews are a little smarter because they prefer to infiltrate instead of fighting directly.

Both want Syria for building gas pipeline and Iran for power in region and its natural resources.

Reminds me friendship between Russia and Germany before Germany attacked Russia.

Take a guess who will be Germany in this case.

madashellron's picture

Today on 9/11 let us remember these two countries were  the masterminds of 911.And have cost millions of people there lives in the Mideast. And untold death and destruction in the countries of Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistian.

Robert Trip's picture

I'll believe it when I see a picture of those fucking cocksukers in the same room together.

Until then this is just another bullshit article.

falconflight's picture

Israel has never been more secure, and influential.  

falconflight's picture

 

He's pretty handsome, especially for a Joo

 

DarthVaderMentor's picture

Going broke and the fear of going hungry tends to change people and countries softened by luxury and excess, and the Saudis are slowly going broke and can't afford a jihad anymore. Fracking is killing them. Next up, the Chinese. They will offer up Kim Jun Un on a platter to Donald if we play our cards right.

TheMexican's picture

The only thing this website does is get me frustrated and upset. There is no enlightenment. I am taking a long break.

falconflight's picture

Oft times, that is the point.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

since no one knew you were here, you won't be missed.

Voice of insanity's picture

As the meeting concluded, the Crown Prince stood up and shouted 'Death to America, Death to Israel', thanked the ambassador for his time and invited he and his wife to dinner Saturday night.

falconflight's picture

A consensus of posters assert that the Family Saud are merely vassals of the Jewish State.

What about Egypt?

falconflight's picture

What about the Hessimite (sic) Kingdom of Jordan?

falconflight's picture

What about the Family owned nation of Kuwait?

oncemore's picture

Both of them have been deeply involved in 9/11.

Did they agree on another one 9/11?

falconflight's picture

This my friends is how the Jews are going to wipe out most of the active Jihadists.

https://nypost.com/2017/09/11/hackers-could-program-sex-robots-to-kill/

 

rf80412's picture

Only if they can build sex robots that are cheaper than goats.

falconflight's picture

I think I said Jews, not Arabs just across the border.

drugranker's picture

It was the Saudi-Israel plan to feed captagon pills to their bearded warriors in Syria. Seems the stuff made them so brave, they turned on their on masters.

www.rxrankings.com

The Gray Man's picture

Your link is bogus. Nothing but advertisements. You're a fraud and a scammer.

drugranker's picture

That is for you lazy dudes to do your research and see what happens if you take stuff like captagon on the battlefield. Did I hit a raw nerve on your story?

 

www.rxrankings.com

drugranker's picture

I think you are worried by my in-depth knowledge of the Syrian war (which I have followed for 6+ years)

Zepper's picture

The Saudis went to visit their Egyptian outcast friends. I wonder what these two are planning. I dont think it will be big. I think it will start out small, like setting a small spark among extremely dry grass. It will build from there. They did the big thing and that did not work out so well for them.. any news on those 9/11 law suits?

 

Expect a false flag event in the next 6 months... maybe longer, I never get the damn times correct.

BingoBoggins's picture

Your choice of simile is disturbing. I been in a prairie fire ... your options are a) RUN! b) ... burn ...

 

edit: by the way, they (prairie fires) always get out of control ...

ThePhantom's picture

my college football team was know as "the prairie fire" so it must be fierce. go KNOX COLLEGE!

backwaterdogs's picture

A liberal college student / grad.from.galesburg I'll?

 

WTF.did you change the from.the.very respectable ol siwash?  Nothing derogetory.

 

Chanhede name from ol.siwash to.prairie fire...pathetic liberals!!!?

BingoBoggins's picture

Marvelous! Here's to Alma Mater (hat tip).

 

Wood Ducks -- Quack!

 

edit: your lads must have had some pACE! yOU WILL RUN FASTER THAN YOU HAVE EVER RUN IN YOUR lIFE - good to be alive, aint't it?

RumpleShitzkin's picture

There's more irony to the use of the term prairie fire...

http://zombietime.com/prairie_fire/

The Gray Man's picture

Expect a false flag within six months?

That's easy for you to say when you'll claim that EVERYTHING is a false flag.

CONCEPTPOLITICO's picture

I keep having this bad feeling that MBS will one day end up hanging from a flagpole ala Mohammed Najibullah of Afghanistant!  

The Gray Man's picture

Saudi crown prince visiting Israel.

This is going to make you stupid "Joo" heads explode. Which is good.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

On the other hand, this may just be the KSA and Israel, the two major losers in Syria,

playing for time until the the US, the third loser, comes up with a new offensive against

Putin and Assad.  This could be nothing more than a huge PR stunt to make the players

in Syria and their allies think that something is up between Riydah and Tel Aviv.

 

All to slow down the effects of Damascus' recent victories over the Saudi supported

rebels and terrorists and Netanyahu's disappointing meeting in Sochi where Putin

told him he would not permit a USS Liberty-style  attack on any Russian assets in

the region.

 

Syria is a major blow to Saudi Arabia and Israel.  And the failed blockade of Qatar,

along with its support by Turkey, Iran and Russia is a huge embarrassment.  Add

to that the continued stories of the Ghawar field peaking, the replacement of Crown

Princes and it behooves  the KSA to make it look like they're up to something.

 

Israel, who has been unable to provoke Syria into to retaliation since before the

civil war, will never turn down an opportunity to look sneaky and devious.

 

Certainly, KSA will listen to all the schemes Mossad has in their Syrian catalogue

and compare the prices, but the Spirit of Putin Future will act as an albatross

around all the troublemaker's necks. 

Street Smart's picture

This article is such fake news.

It makes the baseless claim that "Israel's brazen act of aggression was designed to provoke a response from Syria."

What fact backs up this ridiculous claim that Israel's attack was aimed at provoking a response? This isn't journalism, it's voodoo anti-Semetism. 

Fact:

The base which was hit produced chemical weapons. 

Here are the sources: 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41184867

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-hit...

The Syrians have attacked Israel in the past including in 1948 and 1973 and so has Hezbollah and so Israel has every right to eliminate factories creating chemical weapons. 

ZeroHedge, stop publishing baseless claims which are not backed by any facts.

 

Anteater's picture

US-UK being the prominent leaders of the anti-Syrian, pro-ISIS

Wehrmacht is supportive of Chatham House's BBC Think-Speak.

I would discount the myth. I would expect 'chemical weapons'

you refer to were probably powdered milk and aspirin, given

that 1973 is somewhere BACK IN THE STONE AGE of Zionism,

and we're now in the NEW EPOCH OF WHITE PHOSPHORUS.

Jack Oliver's picture

Agent Orange - White Phosphorous - Depleted Uranium !!

These are the genocidal weapons of choice - of the Zio/US !!

You - my friend - are a FUCKWIT !!

falconflight's picture

Genocidal?  Why don't you go back and read the international standard for "genocidal" behaviors.

Jack Oliver's picture

ALL genocides have been inspired by the Zionist fake JEW !!

Fake or otherwise - Jews are greedy - murderous assholes !!

falconflight's picture

Including the Ottoman Empire (Turkish) genocide (Real) against the Christian Armenians?  The model for the Nazis some 40 years later?

Arrow4Truth's picture

Tweet Shart, referencing bbc.com and uk.reuters.com as reliable sources is equivalent to trusting that the U$ will honor treaties. What law supports your claim that "Israel has every right to eliminate factories"? Are you claiming that the U$ is not "creating chemical weapons" as well? Your claim of fact is indeed horseshit. Wake up, I say wake up boy. That's not a chicken. I'll show, I say I'll show you a chicken. Shill on.

falconflight's picture

Don't forget 1967, and hundreds of cross border attacks from 1948 until 1967.

artichoke's picture

Russia backing away from Israel, reported Netanyahu trip to Moscow a failure.

Everyone's choosing up sides now.  USA vs. Russia, a world war involving the Middle East, Cuba, North Korea and maybe more to come!

Anteater's picture

I thought the picture of Donald and Melania with their hands over

where their hearts would be, looking like they sucked on lemons,

overlaid on NPR's bleeding-heart Holocaust story (WTF?!) then a

Gulag story, (Jesus H. God!), this, the anniversary of PNAC's 'New

Pearl Harbor' Bankster Coup of 1999 nee Pentagon Coup of 2001,

the military:banker junta that sits at Trump's and Javanka's table,

was a bit much.

But I'm more stunned that Americans were pawned off on the

rubric that a commercial airplane piloted by inexperienced so-

called 'terrorists' could pull a 270º diving spiral and come in

at 550 knots and 50 feet off the deck, and blow through five

layers of heavily reinforced concrete, leaving nothing but

tin foil on the Pentagon lawn ... and everyone bought it,

...like they bought WTC7 freefalling into its own footprint.

 

"We won, you lost. It's just business, get over it."

 

"Well, Doctor, do we have a Republic, or a Monarchy?"

"We had a Republic, sir ... except we lost it on 9/11!"

seataka's picture

The psychopath's business motto:

"ANYTHING FOR THE PROFIT despite ANY cost in induced human suffering, misery and death"

It is also the operating motton of those who emulate a psychopath, like scientology.

"“In their paper, “Construct Validity of Psychopathy in a Community Sample… Salekin, Trobst, and Krioukova write “Psychopathy as originally conceived by Cleckley (1941) is not limited to engagement in illegal activities, but rather encompasses such personality characteristics as manipulativeness, insincerity, egocentricity , and lack of guilt – characteristics clearly present in criminals but also in spouses, parents, bosses, attorneys and politicians, and CEOs, to name but a few. (bursten. 1973; Stewart, 1991)…As such. psychopathy may be characterized…as involving a tendency towards dominance and coldness. Wiggens (1995) in summarizing numerous previous findings..indicates such persons are prone to anger and irritation and are willing to exploit others. They are arrogant, manipulative, cynical, exhibitionistic, sensation-seeking, Machiavellian, vindictive and out for their own gain. With respect to their patterns of social exchange (Foa & Foa, 1974), they attribute love and status to themselves, seeing themselves as highly worthy and important, but prescribe neither love nor status to others, seeing them as unworthy and insignificant. ” Page 89, Political Ponerology, footnote"