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On Thursday, Israel signed an aviation agreement with Jordan that will allow flights from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to fly through Israeli airspace. 

The deal which has been a topic of discussion for years became possible after Israel and Gulf Arab signed a historic agreement last month, to normalize ties.

In bid to promote relations, Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates agreed it was critical to ensure regular and direct flights.

As a result of the deal, flight times for some routes between Asia and Europe and North America, including flights from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, will be shorter, the Israeli ministry said.

According to Israel’s transport ministry, “the agreement will significantly cut flight times to Gulf countries, Asia and the Far East, leading to fuel savings and less pollution.” 

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