Did a top Israeli official just visit Islamabad?
Most of it is still just speculation but reports suggest that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu might have visited Pakistan during the last 48 hours.
According to details, Israel’s top newspaper Haaretz’s English version editor reported in his tweet yesterday that a flight from Israeli capital Tel Aviv had landed in Islamabad.
It was a business jet according to the senior journalist, who claims that the flight left Tel Aviv and after a brief stay in Amman left for Pakistan. This is the usual practice for the planes leaving from Israel to fly to countries where the country is not recognized legitimately.
The tweet says:
Israeli ?? bizjet flew from TLV to Islamabad, #Pakistan ??, on the ground 10 hours, and back to TLV.
Cleared flight-plan with usual 5min groundtime trick in Amman
M-ULTI glex pic.twitter.com/haHn1NU73L
— avi scharf (@avischarf) October 25, 2018
Although Avi Scharf did not mention the Israeli PM in his tweet, another tweet from The Spectator Index says that the Israeli PM ‘has made a secret visit to a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel’
BREAKING: Reports that Israeli PM Netanyahu has made a secret visit to a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) October 26, 2018
Connecting the dots, it is likely that the country where Israeli PM flew to last night was Pakistan.
Interestingly, Pakistan might not have been the only country Israeli PM has visited recently. During the last 2 weeks, Netanyahu has visited Oman as well. Two days ago, Azerbaijan’s military chief had also visited Israel and the visit had been termed a ‘clear message to Iran‘.
Both the countries are neighbors to Iran. And so is Pakistan. Considering Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, this could well be preparation for a major maneuver in the region.
A BBC Urdu report confirms that the plane certainly took off from Tel Aviv and later landed in Islamabad after a brief stay in Amman but it was unclear whether some senior official from Israel was on the flight or not. It also says that the flight, though not an Israeli plane, did stay in Islamabad for about 10 hours before flying back.
The story was updated at 11:11 am on October 27, 2018
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