Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, unveiled Sunday that Khalifa Haftar’s son, Saddam, visited Tel Aviv last Monday on a French plane, which Haftar uses for travel along with his family and aides.
Haaretz indicated that Saddam Haftar arrived in Israel with a message from his father asking for political and military support from Israel, vowing to establish diplomatic relations between Libya and Israel in return.
The newspaper said Haftar’s French plane landed in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv coming from Dubai, and stayed 90 minutes on the ground, adding that Saddam met with security officials, whom the paper didn’t name, saying the plane then took off to Libya.
The report said it wasn’t clear who the Israeli officials that met Haftar were, but added that Haftar had had secret talks with Israeli officials in the past, including from the Mossad and the contact between him and Israeli National Council members.
Haaretz also said Haftar son’s visit is closely related to December elections in Libya, saying Israel has always been interested in Libya due to its geostrategic location off the Mediterranean and near Egypt.