Netanyahu sees direct Israel-Bahrain flights after normalization deal

Reuters , Sunday 13 Sep 2020

This combination of pictures created on September 12, 2020, shows (L) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020, and (R) Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP)

 A deal establishing relations between Israel and Bahrain will result in direct flights between the countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

"There will be brisk and direct air traffic between the countries," he said in remarks to the Israeli cabinet, a transcript of which was issued by his office.

The deal, announced on Friday, followed a similar accommodation between another Gulf power, United Arab Emirates, and Israel and resulting pledges of direct air connections.

Saudi Arabia, while not recognising Israel, has said it would allow Israeli airliners to overfly its territory en route to the Gulf.

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