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No progress on Israel-Saudi normalization until ‘King Salman has gone’ — report

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An Israeli source familiar with the details of the normalization talks with Saudi Arabia said that progress on a possible deal would only happen after the death of King Salman, Channel 12 reported on Thursday.

The source told the outlet that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a “very warm meeting” on Sunday.

However, “Israel understands that there will not be a breakthrough with the Saudis in the near future” because King Salman “takes a diametrically opposite stance” on the matter of normalization with Israel to that of his son, the report said.

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Therefore, the source said, it was understood that “progress will only be possible after King Salman has gone.” Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 26, 2020. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Despite that, “cooperation against the joint enemy Iran” will increase, as will bilateral trade between the two nations.

The source also said that flights from Israel’s national carrier El Al will not overfly Saudi Arabia in the near future — in September, the kingdom approved the use of its airspace for Israeli flights to the UAE, a decision announced the day after Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s........

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