KSA, 'Israel' growing closer under US auspices: Israeli media
Israeli media reports about a new agreement brewing between "Israel" and Saudi Arabia under US sponsorship, which will conceive new flight paths.
Relations between "Israel" and Saudi Arabia, "the most important Arab state in the Gulf", are growing warmer, with a new agreement on the horizon that will bring about new flight paths from occupied Palestine and through Saudi airspace, Israeli media reported Wednesday.
"It seems that the United States is present at the negotiations, and it will be concluded within in a month, or maybe with the arrival of US President Joe Biden to Israel," KAN correspondent for transportation and tourism affairs Sharon Idan said.
"So far, Israeli airlines have only been authorized to fly over Saudi Arabia if they were going to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but the upcoming agreement aims to severe all restrictions on flight destinations," he added.
This means that any airline, whether Israeli, international, or Emirati, can fly through Saudi airspace to any destination in the world, he explained.
The Jerusalem Post had reported earlier that Riyadh would permit Israeli airlines to fly through its airspace.
In the meantime, the only Israeli flights allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia are those heading to the UAE and Bahrain, in addition to the Air India flight departing from and returning to the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948.
It looks like Saudi Arabia is flocking alongside its neighbors, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, toward the Israeli occupation, seeking further investments and an upgrade in business and economic ties with "Israel" and Israeli businessmen and firms.
Though Riyadh did not normalize ties with the Israeli occupation yet, unlike Abu Dhabi and Manama, it has already kicked off economic normalization with "Tel Aviv". The Kingdom is already issuing special visas to Israeli settlers, with Israeli and Saudi sources saying there has been a hike in signed deals recently and advanced contact concerning investments of Saudi businessmen and investment funds in "Israel".
Saudi businessmen have been increasingly asking for special entry visas for Israeli settlers, with the former going to the UAE and Bahrain for meetings with Israeli businessmen.
Dozens of Israeli businessmen traveled to Saudi Arabia for trade deals in recent months, Israeli media reported in late May.