Sources indicated that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his team have been mediating between representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia over the past few months.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Talks are being held between teams from Israel, the United States, Egypt and Saudi Arabia on a potential summit in Cairo, whereby Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could meet, according to a report in the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS),
The report is based on Arab senior diplomatic sources.
“In recent days there have been very intensive discussions between Washington, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to arrange a summit meeting in Cairo as early as the coming weeks, even before the election in Israel, which aside from the host, Egypt, will be attended by the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and also the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain and Oman,” said one of the Arab sources to JNS.
The report further indicated that Jordan was also invited to attend the summit in Cairo, but the invitation was declined by King Abdullah, who wanted to include Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has allegedly agreed to the invitation.
A senior PA official also confirmed the report from JNS, saying that the PA is likely to reject any invitation, since “Abbas and the leadership in Ramallah [will continue] to adhere to their boycott of Washington and to freezing diplomatic ties with Israel.”
Washington also hinted to the Palestinians that “this would likely be Abbas’s and the Palestinians’ last chance to climb down from the tree and partake in the diplomatic developments unfolding in the region.”