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Bahrain opens skies to Israel, joining Saudis in Allowing overflights

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By David Isaac, World Israel News

The Bahrain government announced on Thursday that it will let Israeli flights pass over its territory en route to the United Arab Emirates.

The decision comes a day after Saudi Arabia said that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries” would able to use its airspace

The opening of Arab skies to Israeli flights follows the normalization agreement between the UAE and the Jewish State. Unlike the agreements between Egypt and Jordan, the only other two peace deals signed between Israel and Arab countries, which can best be described as a cold peace, the UAE agreement appears to getting off to a much warmer start.

“When we are talking about peace, we are talking about a comprehensive peace,” Dr. Ali Rashid al Nuaimi, an influential Emeriti figure, told All Arab News on Tuesday.

“We are talking about breaking all those walls and boundaries and building those bridges. So the sky is the limit for our relations,” al Nuaimi said.

On Monday, the first-ever commercial El Al flight to the UAE was given permission by Saudi Arabia to use its airspace, cutting the flight time by half to 3 1/2 hours. It wasn’t known until the day of the flight whether permission would be given. Without the Saudis’ OK, the flight would have been forced to take the long way around the Arabian peninsula with a flight time of over seven hours.

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