Netanyahu: an Arab country allowed Israeli aircraft to fly in its airspace[/size] Twilight News
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that an Arab state would allow Israeli planes to fly in its airspace, saying he wanted to work in a different way by moving toward normalizing relations with the Arabs without going through the conflict with the Palestinians.
"When I visited Oman, I spoke with Sultan Qaboos, who acknowledged to me that the Israeli high-flying company could fly over Omani territory," said Netanyahu, who made a surprise visit last October to Oman, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel and met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said. "He said.
But such an authorization would not immediately shorten Israeli flights to and from the Far East as long as Saudi Arabia did not authorize Israeli planes to cross their airspace.
"When I meet with Arab leaders who say to me, we have security and economic interests and we also want to enjoy the fruits of progress. From now on, we will not place our normalization with the State of Israel hostage to the whims of the Palestinians," Netanyahu said at a conference in the Foreign Ministry in West Jerusalem attended by Israeli ambassadors accredited abroad. "He said.
"This does not mean peace agreements yet, but that certainly means that we can move toward normalization and peace, that is, other than the way we thought before that relations with the Arab world are going through peace with the Palestinians, it could come from the opposite direction."
He added that he would not miss the chance of peace with the Arab world and make him hostage to peace with the Palestinians.
"It would have been worthwhile had there been an agreement with the Palestinians, but there can be no stipulation between these two things," he said. "We will not require our solidarity with the Arab world and normalization with them in peace with the Palestinians."
Israel currently maintains full diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan.