Israel Airliner Flies to Bahrain after Ties Normalized


An Israeli airliner flew to Bahrain on Wednesday, tracking data showed, just days after the two countries inked a normalisation accord backed by the United States.

The Israir Airlines jet from Tel Aviv flew over Saudi Arabia to reach the Gulf state, according to data from the FlightRadar24 website.

Israel's Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported senior government officials were on the plane. 

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office nor the airline would confirm the flight when contacted by AFP.

It comes a day after Netanyahu spoke by phone with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman to map out the two countries' new relationship.

They "reviewed potential areas of bilateral cooperation and relevant regional and international developments", the Gulf state's BNA news agency said.

Bahrain's decision to normalise ties with Israel followed a similar move by the United Arab Emirates.

Both accords were inked at a September 15 ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump.

Only two other Arab states have previously signed agreements with Israel, Jordan in 1994 and Egypt in 1979.

The Palestinians have condemned the latest deals as a "stab in the back" for their aspirations to establish an independent state of their own.

Comments 7
Missing phillipo 23 September 2020, 16:22

"Only two other Arab states have previously signed agreements with Israel, Jordan in 1994 and Egypt in 1979."
Not correct, I shouldn't have to remind Lebanese that their country signed an agreement with Israel in 1983 only to have it torn up by your then Syrian occupiers.
Also in 1999 Mauritania and Israel established full diplomatic relations but these were terminated by Mauritania after the Gaza War in 2009.
By the way why publish an incorrect photo The plane that flew to Bahrain was of Israeir not El Al, and also when arriving at the airport it wouldn't have flown near an Etihad aircraft.

Missing 1948 25 September 2020, 12:02

Israeli stooge still working to promote Israeli terror state as peaceful regime good luck with that

Default-user-icon cocoman (Guest) 24 September 2020, 07:45

Naharnet: Why are israeli trolls allowed to comment on this platform? Please do your job and remove their posts!

Missing phillipo 24 September 2020, 18:46

Presumably for the same reason that they allow pro-terrorist idiots on their site.

Thumb kanaanljdid 25 September 2020, 10:37

Casse-toi sur Al Manar si tu ne supportes pas la pluralité d'opinions.

Default-user-icon cocoman (Guest) 24 September 2020, 07:53

Nice picture.. anybody has a SAM?

Default-user-icon cocoman (Guest) 25 September 2020, 06:51

If you read my posts you retarded troll you would understand i have a lot more hate for Kizb than for Israel. Israel did a lot less damage to Lebanon than Kizb and the other pieces of shit Lebanese politicians in the last 40 years... But before coming on this platform and giving us lessons, go deal with your corrupt convicted mafioso prime minister that is too cheap to do his own laundry!!! How pathetic... Petit con