Secret Meeting in Desert Between Israeli, Saudi Leaders Failed to Reach Normalization Agreement  11/27/2020 20:25:00   Summer Said Close Summer Said Biography @summer_said [email protected] , Stephen Kalin Close Stephen Kalin Biography @stephenkalin [email protected] and Dion Nissenbaum Close Dion Nissenbaum Biography @DionNissenbaum [email protected]

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RIYADH, Saudi ArabiaWhen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia last weekend for a secret nighttime rendezvous with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he and his allies in Washington hoped to win assurances that a normalization deal between the two longtime Middle East rivals was in reach, Saudi advisers and U.S. officials said.

Instead, after the meeting the Israeli leader returned home empty-handed and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Saudi Arabia at the time as well, watched as a potential...

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