A number of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar’s aides arrived in Israel yesterday onboard a private plane that took off from the UAE, Israeli journalist Itay Blumental said.

Taking to Twitter, Blumental said: “An executive plane used by the men of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar (P4-RMA), which controls eastern Libya, is on its way to Ben Gurion Airport from Dubai.”

He added: “The plane will later take off for Egypt.”

Blumental went on to say that Haftar enjoys the support of Russia, Egypt, the UAE, Jordan, France and Israel.

No official information has been released about the visit.

Anadolu news agency has previously reported Haftar’s aide, Abdul Salam Al-Badri, calling on Israel for help. “We have never been and will never be enemies,” Al-Badri said. “We hope that you [Israel] support us.”

Israeli security and intelligence commentator Yossi Melman, wrote to the Middle East Eye that “Haftar, who has American citizenship, was known to be very close to the CIA during his exile under Muammar Gaddafi.”

He added: “No wonder, then, that Haftar is supported by the administration of President Donald Trump, which outwardly supports international peace efforts but covertly encourages Haftar’s campaigns.”

“US allies in the Middle East follow suit. Among them stand out Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and to a lesser degree Israel.”

Melman revealed that “the Israeli connection is less well known but still very important,” stating that “the role played by Haftar is a result of the axis created in recent years, consisting of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel.”

Since the ousting of Gaddafi, Haftar has led Libya’s eastern government in its effort to take control of the country and remove the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

Turkey will not attend Libya conference with Greece, Israel, Greek Cyprus 

Turkey will not attend a Paris conference on Libya that Greece, Israel, and the Greek Cypriot administration will participate in, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, speaking at his meeting with French President, Emmanuel Macron, at the G-20 Summit in Rome, Anadolu News Agency reports.

We cannot attend the Paris conference which Greece, Israel, and the Greek Cypriot administration participate in, we told him (Macron). This is our condition. If these countries are to attend the conference, then there is also no need to send special representatives, Erdogan told journalists, on his return from the Summit.

The Paris conference, expected to be held in November, aims to give a final international push so that elections are held by year-end and to endorse the departure of foreign forces.

On the other hand, Turkey also disagrees with Israel and Greece on the East Mediterranean, as they excluded Turkey from East Med Gas Forum in 2019.

In 2019, Israel and Greece launched a regional gas forum which included eastern Mediterranean countries but excluded Turkey and Lebanon.


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