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Televise(ANN)-An Israeli private jet landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the first time on Tuesday morning, while still in control of the city of Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territory.

This will be the first time an Israeli airliner has ever landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the KAN news agency reported.


The news comes a day after the first plane from Saudi Arabia landed in Israel, with a 737 Royal Jet landing at Ben-Gurion airport on Monday evening.

The move stems from an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Jewish state, which was the Abraham Agreement that the former US administration forced President Trump into the Gulf and other Muslim countries by 2020.

The Jewish government has described its flight to Riyadh as the first step in improving regional ties with Israel: agreements to restore ties with four countries, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, which have been in place since the Abraham 2020 agreement.

Although there are still no commercial flights between Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the two countries do not share a formal relationship, Israel sees these flights as a major development in Saudi-Israeli relations, with the two countries eventually flying over the last year only.

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Air travel by Jewish planes is not an easy task for the Islamic world, especially Saudi Arabia, with Israel launching the plan in 2020 after establishing ties with Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco and the UAE, with the aim of opening up. Airline Israeli flights, along with the, announcement of direct flights to Dubai, Morocco, and Bahrain.

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Also, this allowed the Israeli planes to get a closer route to the airspace, instead of having to follow a long winding route to Mumbai to avoid the Saudi airspace.

That was, according to Jewish officials, a two-hour journey to Tel Aviv, and Israeli planes suffered heavy casualties in terms of competitors, which are allowed to fly directly this time.

Similar examples make flights to certain areas out of Ben-Gurion difficult to navigate and potentially dangerous.

Air travel has always been a point of contention between Israel and Islamic countries that does not allow Jewish planes to enter their countries, or enter their airspace.

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However, Saudi Arabia has now allowed Israel to occupy the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem, allowing its planes to fly freely or land at airports.

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But the following countries continue to ban both direct flights and traffic from Israel: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.


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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

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