Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara says Tel Aviv is seeking direct flights to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage as the two sides movecloser to forge a model of relations.
Additionally, Israel's Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz urged Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to invite Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Riyadh to establish full diplomatic relations.
The Times also cited unnamed Arab and American sources as saying that Tel Aviv and Riyadh were in clandestine talks to establish official economic ties for the first time since the entity was created on the Palestinian territories some 69 years ago.
Forming economic connections between the two sides could begin by allowing Israeli companies to open shops in the Arab kingdom, or granting Israel's El Al airline permission to fly over Saudi airspace, the report said.***
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