Israeli newspaper: Saudi-Israeli normalization is conditional on arms deal

The Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper said that normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel is conditional on the approval of an arms deal to Saudi Arabia that includes F-35s similar to that deal between the United States and Abu Dhabi.

The Israeli newspaper confirmed the meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and stated that Netanyahu met in the Saudi city of Neom, located on the coast of the Red Sea, with Muhammad bin Salman, accompanied by his military secretary, Brigadier General Avi Bluth, in addition to the head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen, in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The newspaper reported that the meeting included a discussion of an arms deal, and considered normalization between the two countries "not far-fetched."

The newspaper pointed out that with Iran, considered a global threat, Israel may again give the green light to sell other weapons on a large scale to the kingdom, to tilt the balance of power further against Tehran.


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