Reprinted from Sputnik
The Saudi Foreign Ministry was forced to go on a non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on July 22 by a delegation led by retired Gen. Anwar Eshki.
Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and onetime close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin.
While in Israel, Eshki met with Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, and Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the top IDF honcho in the West Bank.
There's absolutely no way the House of Saud would not have given a green light for such a visit -- and such high-level meetings. By the way, the Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia bans all travel to Israel -- as well as Iran and Iraq.
So what's the big deal? The Israelis spun it as the Saudis -- fronting for the Arab League -- offering a normalization of ties with the Arab world without Israel abdicating from anything on the Palestinian front. The only thing Tel Aviv would have to do, much later, is to adopt the 2002, Saudi-proposed Arab peace initiative.
That's nonsense. For starters, the ultra right-wing Zionists in power in Tel Aviv will never accept reverting to the pre-1967 borders and recognizing the state of Palestine. What was "discussed" was a non-deal, even as Tel Aviv gloats, "important Arab states are willing to openly embrace us even though we have not given up one inch of the West Bank and even as we continue to control Al-Aqsa Mosque."
If the Arab League would ever embark in such a blatant non-deal, forever throwing the Palestinians under myriad bulldozers, chances are oligarchies/petromonarchies all across the spectrum should start booking that one-way ticket to London.
That Moscow-Tehran-Ankara alliance
So what did they actually talk about? Predictably, the imminent prospect of the Full Spectrum Dominatrix finally taking over the White House.
Both Bibi Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and de facto House of Saud ruler and Prince of War Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh have been reduced, under the Obama administration, to the status of proverbial, euphemistic "estranged allies." Between them, they are de facto allies -- even as they cannot admit it to the Arab street. Both are dead sure, under the Queen of War, there will be -- what else -- war. The question is against whom.
Informed speculation points towards the Saudi/Israeli common enemy, Iran. That's complicated. The joint Saudi/Israeli strategy across the Middle East is indeed in tatters. Tehran has not been trapped in a quagmire neither in Syria nor in Iraq. ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and assorted "moderate rebels" -- covertly supported by the Saudi/Israeli axis -- are on the run, even if they insist they are not "al-Qaeda" anymore. Prince of War bin Salman is entrapped himself in an unwinnable war on Yemen.
And then there's the spectacular post-coup pivot by Sultan Erdogan in Turkey -- for all practical purposes abandoning those elaborate no-fly-zone dreams of annexing a post-Assad Syria to his neo-Ottoman set up.
The House of Saud is livid as Turkish diplomats have started to spread this blockbuster news: Erdogan has proposed to Iran's Rouhani an all-embracing alliance with President Putin to finally solve the Middle East riddle.