Saudi Arabia to open its airspace to Israel in nod to Middle East peace
by Tovah Lazaroff, Omri Nahmias
September 2, 2020
Saudi Arabia announced it would allow Israeli flights to the United Arab Emirates to cross its airspace, in the latest sign that the Middle East is slowly moving in the direction of normalized ties with Israel. “These are the benefits of a peace that is genuine,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as he linked the Saudi decision to the burgeoning Israeli normalization deal with the Emirates. Saudi Arabia has clearly stated that would peace with Israel would only be possible once there was a final status agreement with the Palestinians for two states. READ MORE
AL JAZEERA First-ever flight: Plane with US, Israeli officials lands in UAE High-level delegations from Israel and the US have arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), via the first-ever commercial flight between the Middle Eastern nations, to put final touches on a controversial pact establishing open relations. Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on board the direct flight from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Israel’s flag carrier El Al on Monday.