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    July 10, 2017

    Saudis Maintain Close Relations with Israelis, Plan to Open up an Israeli Embassy in Riyadh

    July 10th, 2017 - Fort Russ News -
    - Al Mayadeen - - translated by Samer Hussein -
          
         

    Reports by Saudi activists and political dissidents on social media sites claim that Saudi Arabia has been maintaining secret relations with Israel for the past few decades. 

    The relations were reportedly initiated with the aid of the present-day Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir, who, in the late 1980s, worked as a trainee under supervision of Bandar bin Sultan, the then Saudi envoy to Washington.

    Jubeir’s first job was to win the Saudi sympathy at AIPAC, world’s most powerful Zionist lobby, and the US Congress. 

    The activists claim this confident information was obtained through secret, but highly reliable sources.

    Given the difficulty of obtaining such information, otherwise known to very few people, it is suspected that the information was leaked by some members of the Saudi royal family itself and who are at odds with other members. 

    Jubeir’s work has reportedly greatly helped Bandar bin Sultan, as he not only won the sympathy of the US congress, but even Israel itself as the first direct contact with the Israeli officials followed no longer after. 

    Naturally, this type of secret relationship has made an influence on Saudi position on the Palestinian issue, particularly the conferences in Madrid and Oslo, the Lebanese Resistance and of course Iraq and Iran.

    The main driving wheel behind Saudi drifting towards Zionism, was reportedly Khalid Al Tuwaijri, former head of the Saudi Royal Court, and the “right hand man” of the late Saudi king Abdullah.

    Al Tuwaijri is said to have strongly believed in establishing Greater Israel, and has thus pressured to appoint Jubeir as an assistant to Bandar bin Sultan. 

    The activists also claim that Jubeir’s Twitter channel is being run from the Saudi Embassy in the United States on behalf of the Kingdom in general.

    Following king Abdullah’s passing back in 2015 and Jubeir’s appointment as the Saudi foreign minister, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel only became stronger.

    It is believed that the Americans and Israelis consider Jubeir as the highest valuable and most suitable Saudi asset, namely due to his supposed alienation of religion and distance from Arabism, with some of them even calling him the “Michael Jordan of Saudi Arabia.” 

    The second channel of Saudi-Israeli relations is said to be the King Salman himself, and who is also the owner of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, known for publishing the pan-arab Sharq Al Awsat newspaper.

    Two people working at the paper are reportedly being used to communicate with the Israeli side - Othman Al Omair, its editor in chief and Abdul Rahman Al Rashed, who was initially only a writer before being promoted, namely to hide away King Salman’s ties with Israel from the face of the general Arab public. 

    Circles, close to both Al Omair and Al Rashed, have also revealed that since the beginning of the 1990s, Saudi and Israeli officials are regularly meeting in Morocco.

    The meetings were reportedly initiated by the then Saudi king Fahd who wanted to gain trust of Israelis in order to secure the future for himself and his family as the rulers of Saudi Arabia.

    The same sources pointed out that the present-day Saudi King Salman has made sure than his son, the Crown Prince Mohammad, is on very good terms with both, Al Omar and Al Rashed, in order to become the first ruler of Saudi Arabia who will open Israeli embassy in Riyadh.

    In a related context, the Israeli expert on security affairs and Maariv contributor Yossi Melman, said the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, has become much stronger in the past few years, and although their relations were never officially disclosed as the two countries remain in a state of war, in addition to Riyadh being officially opposed to the Zionist movement, the two nevertheless decided to make contact with each other as they have too many common goals, noting that Riyadh might be ready to help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the way that suits Israel. 

    Both, Riyadh and Tel Aviv share a common interest in preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, as well as curbing its influence in the region.







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