If he was there at all, which no one’s confirming yet … and yet no one’s quite denying, either. Reports out of Israel overnight put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Saudi city of Neom along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reportedly meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. If true, it would have been the first such appearance of an Israeli head of government in Saudi Arabia since, well … Moses, perhaps.
If it’s true, it suggests that normalization might be around the corner. Al Jazeera picked up on the reports this morning, before the Saudis began issuing limited denials. The Saudis have clearly been signaling a desire to normalize relations with Israel, but they have waited to allow the Palestinians time to start rethinking their decades-long intransigence. Perhaps they’re tired of waiting: