Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Senior Israeli officials have visited Saudi Arabia secretly in recent years. Photo/REUTERS
Newspaper Hayom based in Israel disclosed the secret visit in its report published Sunday (29/5/2022).
Gantz paid a visit to Saudi Arabia when he served as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2012 to 2016.
Other officials visiting Saudi Arabia include former Mossad chiefs Yossi Cohen and Tamir Pardo.
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Israel’s relations with Saudi Arabia have received media attention in recent weeks ahead of a possible visit by US President Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia on his Middle East tour in late June.
Other reports from Globesthe Hebrew-language business newspaper, said dozens of Israeli technology entrepreneurs and businessmen recently flew to Saudi Arabia for follow-up talks about Saudi investments in Israeli companies and Israeli investment funds.
Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic ties, but secret ties have warmed in recent years as Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly sees Israel as a strategic partner in the fight against Iranian influence in the region.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia refrained from signing the Washington-brokered Abraham Deal in 2020 as the US and Israel hoped, but Riyadh is believed to have given the green light to Bahrain, where it retains decisive influence, to join a normalization agreement with Israel alongside the United Arab Emirates. Arabic, Moroccan and Sudanese.