In an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday, Netanyahu said: “I tell you, I will bring direct flights for Muslim Israeli pilgrims from Tel Aviv to Mecca. This nightmare is enough to pass through all kinds of travel agents. Direct flights to Makkah!” “This is a different era,” he added.
Unlike previous campaigns, Netanyahu made appealing to Israel’s Arab minority, which makes up about 20% of the population, an important part of his election message.
The proposal for direct flights between Israel and Saudi Arabia also indicates confirmation of Netanyahu’s clear confidence that his country will soon sign a normalization agreement with the Saudis, to sit side by side with the deals announced last year with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.