NEWS | Netanyahu Says Israel Preparing For Direct Flights To UAE Over Saudi Arabia

DUBAI – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel is preparing for direct flights, over Saudi Arabia, to the United Arab Emirates as part of its normalization deal with the UAE.

Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalize diplomatic relations under a U.S. – sponsored deal whose implementation could reshape Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran. The UAE would only be third Arab state in more than 70 years to establish relations with Israel.

Netanyahu, briefed at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport on plans for expanding flight activity curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, gave no time frame for the opening of an air link with the Gulf Arab country.

‘We are currently working on enabling direct flight, over Saudi Arabia, between Tel Aviv and Dubai and Abu Dhabi’, Netanyanu told reporters, estimating flight at ‘about three hours, just like to Rome’.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and its air space is closed to Israeli airline. But in what was seen in Israel as a harbinger of warmer relations with Riyadh, Air India was allowed in 2018 to begin flying over Saudi territory on its New Delhi-Tel Aviv route.

At Ben-Gurion airport, Netanyahu said he saw ‘tremendous scope for bilateral tourism and gigantic scope for investment’ with the UAE.

A delegation from Israel is expected to travel to the UAE within weeks to work out the modalities of normalized relations, but any swift opening of a commercial air route could be complicated by coronavirus restrictions.

On Sunday, the UAE opened telephone lines to Israel, a link inaugurated in a conversation between the two countries’ foreign ministers.

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WORLD NEWS | Trump Says He’s ‘Not A Fan’ Of Meghan Markle, Wishes Prince Harry ‘A Lot Of Luck’

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