President Donald Trump’s trip to Israel on Monday already history, even before Air Force One landed in Tel Aviv.
Trump took a direct flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The two countries have no diplomatic relations, and Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a state.
Trump arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport to begin the second stop of his first trip abroad since taking office. Trump will also be visiting the Palestinian territories during his two-day trip in Israel.
Israel Airport Authority spokesman said he was not aware of any direct flights, depending on the landing in Israel from the Kingdom. There are no direct flights between the two countries and flights, the handle either out of the country, the other air space.
The only direct flights from Israel, Arab States, Egypt and Jordan, both of the peace, signed treaties with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump and wife Melania Trump, when you arrived in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Netanyahu said in a speech that he hopes “that one day an Israeli Prime Minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh.”
Trump stressed the “rare opportunity” he has assembled to make it easier with the leaders in the region, tensions over the years.
“We have a rare opportunity to bring stability and peace in the region and defeat terrorism and create a peaceful future,” Trump said shortly after his arrival.
“We can go there only by work – there is no other way,” he said.
While neither country is Outdo in the position to dictate to where you fly, its arrival, nevertheless, the warming, reflects that the relationship between them. The two countries have reportedly developed covert relationships based on their common concern over Iran’s growing regional influence. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises often his behind-the-scenes cooperation with moderate Sunni countries, which are believed to include Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States.
During his visit to Trump a push-to-relaunch expected long-stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He is scheduled to meet separately with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.
Trump said in March that the peace between the two States is only possible with “two willing parties.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.