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Publish Date: 9:07 - 06 October 2020
Tuesday, 06 October 2020_A former Israeli security official says the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has paid several visits to Tel Aviv so far.

Bin Salman has made several trips to Tel Aviv: Former Israeli official"Foreign reports indicate that Mohammed bin Salman has enjoyed the Tel Aviv sunshine several times," said the former Shin Bet official, who spoke to Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV on condition of anonymity.

This is not the first time that Bin Salman's trips to Israel are being disclosed. In October 2017, an Israeli official confirmed that Bin Salman had traveled to Israel and held consultations with senior officials there.

The visits come as Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have formal diplomatic relations. And while there had already been reports that the Israeli and Saudi regimes have been tilting toward one another in recent years, a confirmed visit by an official as high-ranking as bin Salman takes the matter to a completely new and potentially explosive level as anti-Israeli sentiments continue to be high on the Arab street.

While Israel and Riyadh may be fine with cozying up to one another, many ordinary Arabs, in Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, are firmly opposed to the establishment of ties with the Tel Aviv regime because of its occupation of Palestinian lands and atrocities against the Palestinian population.

In his Monday comments, the former Israeli security official claimed that Arab countries believe normalization of their relations with Israel is more important than the Palestinian people's cause.

Last month, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates reached a US-brokered deal with Israel to normalize relations, amid speculation other Persian Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, would follow suit.

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