Pooja Poddar Marwah

Open air for all!

For the first time ever – Israel’s official airline El Al is set to take its maiden “PEACE” flight over the Saudi Arabian airspace. This is intended to be a sign of ‘NORMALISATION’ between the two countries. But what does this really mean?

This action is intended to treat the Israelis as a normal part of the Middle Eastern Countries, without holding them accountable for the past and/or ongoing crimes against the Palestinians. For information sake, in 1979, Egypt was the first Arab country that normalized relations with Israel. Ofcourse, the barter was that they got back the Sinai Peninsula as a return gift. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

This first flight will have the top aides of President Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu and is set to open up routes amongst the other middle eastern countries as well. They are aiming to open up trade, bilateral agreements and of course, tourism.

The United States is said to have “brokered this deal” between the two countries. And
Jared Kushner’s statement that makes us think.. “To have played a role in its creation, and I say this as the grandson of two Holocaust survivors, it means more to me and to my family that I can ever express.”

This giant step is the beginning of new relationships between the Middle Eastern countries. Or is it just another act before the ongoing elections at The White House? There seems to be a little hint of extra icing on the cake, else why after so many years of Israel being left out, is the need to suddenly open the airspace and allow free breaths?

And one more pondering thought – What happens to Palestine now? Is it on the table, off the table.. or perhaps.. they are in the hands that barter under the table.

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