WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed that he recently visited an array of Arab countries, The Times of Israel cited leaks from a meeting with his party Likud as saying.
"I recently visited other countries and like I couldn’t say then about the [United Arab] Emirates (UAE), I can’t specify right now”, Netanyahu said.
The remarks came a few days after the news outlet Walla reported the prime minister’s visit to the UAE, part of Netanyahu’s planned Persian Gulf tour, had been postponed again.
Netanyahu’s Saturday statement followed his hinting last week that more countries might be establishing diplomatic ties with the Zionist regime.
This was preceded by Israeli public radio station Kan reporting in late November that Netanyahu had secretly visited Saudi Arabia, where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The occupying regime’s education minister Yoav Gallant confirmed the report at the time, pointing out that "the very fact the meeting happened, and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance”.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, however, denied the reports about Netanyahu’s visit to the kingdom.
Since September, the Zionist regime has struck normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, with U.S. officials saying a deal with Saudi Arabia is "inevitable.”
Washington has tried to coax Riyadh into following the lead of other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf to normalize relations with the regime.
Saudi officials have said Riyadh supports full normalization with the regime, but have shied away from announcing an abrupt deal similar to the UAE and Bahrain, stating that a permanent and complete agreement has to be reached first between the Zionist regime and Palestinians.
The normalization deals between some Arab states and the occupying regime have already been condemned by all Palestinian factions as a treacherous "stab in the back” of their cause against the Israeli occupation.