Last week we reported that President Trump had met with his closest cabinet members to discuss striking nuclear facilities inside Iran. Those advisors — which included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict.

It seems like a U.S. strike against Iran’s nuclear sites was swiftly taken off the table. 

But Israeli media reported this morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia for a secret meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This marks the first time top Israeli and Saudi leadership have met privately. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also in Saudi Arabia as part of a multi-country trip. 

The AP is also reporting that Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, was at the meeting. 

While Saudi officials are already denying that a meeting between Netanyahu and bin Salman took place, AP News has reported that a private Gulfstream jet made a roundtrip flight from Tel Aviv to Neom, Saudi Arabia, suggesting that someone from Israel’s government met with Saudi leadership. 

The Trump Administration has made great strides in the Middle East with several nations normalizing their relations with Israel in the past few months. Getting Saudi Arabia to receive Israeli leadership could be the first step in making the powerful Gulf state the next on the list of Abraham Accords signatories. (The Abraham Accords refer to the normalization agreements with Israel, U.A.E., and Bahrain.)

In an uncharacteristic move, Secretary Pompeo held no press meetings with the U.S. traveling press corps. Instead, he gave an interview on Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television and news outlet based in Dubai. In his brief interview with Al Arabiya anchor and host Taher Baraka, Pompeo reasserted a strong position against Iran, saying that Arab nations in the region no longer wish to be “under the jackboot of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”