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MBS keeping Netanyahu visit on the down-low

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen | Annelle Sheline

MBS keeping Netanyahu visit on the down-low.

Reports say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met earlier this week in the city of Neom, despite denial from Saudi officials. What does this mean? In an op-ed for Responsible Statecraft, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen and Annelle Sheline suggest that the meeting could be more about coordinating policy toward Iran than about publicizing a historic first visit by an Israeli leader to Saudi Arabia: