World Bulletin / News Desk
“A prince of the Saudi Royal Court paid a secret visit to the country in recent days to discuss ideas for advancing regional peace with senior Israeli officials,” the broadcaster reported Thursday evening.
The reported visit comes despite Riyadh’s longstanding refusal to recognize Israel.
Israeli Radio did not provide the name of the visiting royal, however, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and prime minister's office both declined to comment on the report.
In a related development, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier this week that cooperation between Israel and the Arab states had never been closer.
On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying that Israeli-Arab cooperation -- although largely unpublicized -- “is much larger than any other period in Israel’s history”.
Recent months have seen Netanyahu make frequent reference to “breakthroughs” in Israeli-Arab ties, although he has largely refrained from elaborating on the nature of the alleged diplomatic breakthroughs.
Egypt and Jordan, with whom Israel signed peace agreements in 1979 and 1994 respectively, are currently the only two Arab states to have official relations with the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
Separate roadside bombings in both provinces left three civilians dead, say security sources
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The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
Icy roads contribute to at least 4 fatalities, fifth death attributed to exposure
Border patrol also harasses and uses violence against volunteers, who provide aid, reports say
Pentagon and U.S.-led coalition contradicted with each other on function of PYD/PKK-led SDF forces in Syria
Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York.
Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on Dec. 19 during an overnight raid
If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM
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Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
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