Monday, August 31, 2020

Historic Flight from Israel to UAE Flies Over Saudi Arabia

In a sign of easing tension in the Middle East, history is being made with the first direct flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.

El Al flight 971 took off from Tel Aviv at 11.14am local time, and initially routed over Jordanian territory.

Forty minutes later the Boeing 737 crossed into Saudi Arabian airspace, from which the Israeli national airline had previously been banned.

El Al has suspended normal passenger operations until October at the earliest, but dispatched the flight to mark an Israel-UAE agreement to normalise relations.

The passengers on board are members of a US-Israeli delegation, led by Jared Kushner – President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser – and Israel’s national security advisor, Meir Ben Shabbat.

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