Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as he arrives to give joint statements with White House adviser Jared Kushner to the press about the Israeli-United Arab Emirates peace accords, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (Photo: AP)
An Israeli airliner flying to the United Arab Emirates on Monday with aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump will fly over Saudi Arabia, according to a source familiar with the itinerary.
Israel's flag carrier El Al will carry the delegations to Abu Dhabi for talks meant to put final touches on a pact establishing open relations between the Gulf power and Israel.
Asked if the plane would overfly Saudi Arabia in order to manage its 3 hour and 20 minute flight time, the source, who declined to be identified by name or nationality pending an official announcement of the route, said: “Yes.”
This would be the first publicly acknowledge entry of Saudi airspace by an official Israeli plane.