First Israelis are permitted limited visits to Saudi Arabia


Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have been warming up in recent months.

Interior Minister Arye Deri on Sunday authorized a select number of Israelis to be the first with permission to visit Saudi Arabia, under certain conditions that include Israeli entrepreneurs seeking investments, in a sign of warming ties.

After consulting the country’s security establishment, Deri issued a statement saying that Israelis would be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia under two circumstances: for religious reasons on pilgrimage for the haj, or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

Travelers would still need permission from the Saudi authorities to gain entry to the country besides their initial permission from the State of Israel.

Israel has peace treaties with two Arab countries – Egypt and Jordan – but concerns over Iran’s influence in the region have led to thawing ties with some Gulf states as well.

Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have been warming up recently, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanking a Saudi political leader for visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp on the day of the World Holocaust Forum.

Netanyahu has been looking to capitalize on common interests like Iran, while also marketing Israeli technologies to try and further normalize relations.


Categories: The Muslim Times

3 replies

  1. Many Israelis have dual citizenship and therefore I am sure many have gone already, (one of them even posted photos from Makkah).

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