Saudi Arabia allows flights to Israel to use its airspace

This may seem remarkably minor, but it’s a massive change in attitudes and policy.

Most of the Middle Eastern Islamic states refuse to allow flights to or from Israel to use their airspace, but for the first time, Saudi Arabia has given Air India permission to fly to Ben Gurion International directly over Saudi Arabia, saving around 90-120 minutes of flight time.

While it hardly changes anything much, the fact that the policy has even been considered, never mind agreed to, breaks 70 years of precedent and opens a tiny crack in the window between implacable enemies, who now find they have more in common regionally, than they do to argue over.

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