President Donald Trump’s trip to Israel on Monday may have already made history even before Air Force One touched down in Tel Aviv.
Trump arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport via a direct flight from Riyadh. The flight is believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations and Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a state.
An Israel Airport Authority spokesman said he was not aware of any direct flights ever having landed in Israel from the kingdom. There are no direct flights between the two countries and flights from either country bypass the other’s airspace.
The only direct flights from Israel to Arab states are to Egypt and Jordan, both of which signed peace treaties with Israel.
Saudi Arabia is said to have asked the Trump team to make a stop in Cyprus to avoid breaking the status quo but the request was not granted. Read more at Fox News.