Top Israeli Minister Urges Saudi King to Invite Netanyahu to Make Official Visit to Riyadh
A top Israeli minister has issued an impassioned plea to the leader of Saudi Arabia to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official trip to Riyadh.
In a speech he delivered at the 2017 Herzliya Conference on Thursday, Yisrael Katz — the Jewish state’s intelligence and transportation minister and a member of the ruling Likud Party — said, “I call upon Salman, the king of Saudi Arabia, to invite the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, to visit Saudi Arabia.”
Addressing Salman directly, Katz stated, “We saw what a wonderful host you can be…when President [Donald] Trump was there.”
“You can also send your heir, the new one, Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Katz continued in his remarks at the annual event that examines major security and political challenges in the Middle East. “He’s a dynamic person. He is an initiator. And he wants to break through.”
“Exactly this way…they know who Iran is,” Katz said. “They know we have to create an access vis-a-vis Iran. You can send him for a meeting in Israel and I promise you, he’s going to be a very welcome guest.”
The 31-year-old new Saudi crown prince has driven his country’s military campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen and is known for his hostile stance toward the Tehran regime. At a meeting with Trump in Washington, DC in March, he and the president pledged to confront “Iran’s destabilizing regional activities.”
Also at the Herzliya Conference, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for the establishment of “full diplomatic and economic relations” between Arab countries and the Jewish state.