Nearly two weeks ago, the chief of Israel’s Mossad spy service traveled covertly to Washington to arrange a deal with Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. and David Barnea met. Prior to his July 27 trip to Jeddah, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and other top Saudi officials at the White House to discuss the potential of the country joining the Abraham Accords, according to Axios.
. According to the story, which cited two U.S. officials, Barnea also met with Middle East envoy Brett McGurk and Amos Hochstein, special presidential coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security, who both accompanied Sullivan on the recent trip to Saudi Arabia.
One of the American sources claimed that CIA Director Bill Burns and Barnea spoke about the Saudi plan and the Iranian danger. A representative for the White House National Security Council told Axios that the United States “continues to support normalization with Israel, including with Saudi Arabia, and obviously continues to talk to our regional partners about how more progress can be made.
The official declined to comment specifically on the Barnea meeting. It’s one of our efforts to advance American foreign policy objectives for a more stable, wealthy, and peaceful Middle East.
Sullivan’s most recent trip to Saudi Arabia took place on May 7, together with McGurk and Hochstein.
According to Axios, which cited two U.S. officials who claimed that the White House wanted a deal before President Joe Biden enters full campaign gear, Sullivan informed MBS during that visit that the United States sees a chance for an Israel-Saudi deal before the end of the year.