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Netanyahu says Israeli airliners will fly 'directly' to UAE

FILE PHOTO: A view of is seen through the window of Israeli flag carrier El Al airliner carrying a delegation of Israeli and American officials before the plane lands in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Pool/File Photo

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli airliners will be allowed to fly directly to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday shortly after Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to all flights to and from the United Arab Emirates.

In a video message, Netanyahu did not explicitly say Israeli planes could overfly Saudi territory but he traced the future flight route on a map to indicate it would be so.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell