Israeli Plane Flies Over The City of Makkah
An Israeli plane flew over the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah during its flight to India, the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported on Monday.
According to the newspaper, the Israeli flight “was forced to make a detour into Saudi Arabia. Saudi air-traffic control assisted the plane the entire way,” the airline said in response to a reporter who noted the plane’s strange route took from Ben Gurion Airport to India.
The airline’s pilot posted a picture online of the Saudi skyline taken from the detoured flight and noted that “it was indeed very nice” of the Saudi air traffic controllers to guide them along.
זה באמת די נחמד :), בעקבות מז״א פעיל מטוס נאלץ לבצע עקיפה אל תוך סעודיה. הבקר הסעודי סייע למטוס לאורך כל הדרך. ובעתיד איתי, אם תתייג אותנו אולי תוכל גם להשיג תמונות בלעדיות מהעקיפה כמו לדוגמא: pic.twitter.com/fOpJgDq4qx
— IsrairPilots (@IsrairPilots) November 9, 2020
Israeli journalist Itay Blumental wrote on Twitter: “Very beautiful: an Israeli plane took off yesterday from Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv) to India via Ethiopia and did not give up visiting the skies of Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The Israeli journalist attached the tweet with a document of a company tracking the aircraft’s movement showing the plane flying in a straight path over the Red Sea before turning left and passing over the cities of Makkah and Jeddah.
— איתי בלומנטל Itay Blumental (@ItayBlumental) November 9, 2020
Saudi Arabia is not among the countries to have normalized ties with Israel as a part of the Abraham Accords.
However, the kingdom did decide to open its airspace to all Israeli flights traveling east from the Jewish state.
Previously, Israeli airlines had been at a significant disadvantage and were forced to take a detour of several hours skirting the Gulf and Iran on flights to the Far East.
US President Donald J. Trump has predicted that Saudi Arabia will be among up to ten Arab countries preparing to normalize their relations with Israel.
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