Saudi Arabia to open its airspace to Israel

Saudi Arabia opens airspace to all carriers, in first fruits of budding Israel deal

Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to Israeli aircraft early Friday, as the first signs of a nascent normalization process between Jerusalem and Riyadh appeared to take shape.

Announcement comes hours before {U.S. president} set to fly to Jeddah to announce successful brokering of deal that will also see Egyptian islands transferred to Saudis

The normalization measures include Saudi Arabia opening its airspace to Israeli flights to the Far East in addition to rolling out direct flights between Israel and Saudi Arabia for Muslim pilgrims, a Middle East diplomat said late Thursday, confirming a deal has been clinched.…