MANAMA (Dispatches) – The first known direct flight between the Israeli-occupied territories and Bahrain has landed in the island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with the Zionist regime.
Flight data from the Flightradar24 website showed an Israir Airlines Airbus A320 landed at Bahrain International Airport after a nearly three-hour flight from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday.
There was no immediate acknowledgement of the flight from the Zionist regime, though the regime’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday spoke by telephone to Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifah held talks on Tuesday on the phone for the first time since the two regimes inked the deal.
Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the Zionist premier and Salman had an "outstanding conversation, very friendly”, and the talks focused on the implementation of the accord and promotion of economic, technological and tourist ties between the two sides.
Media reported that a delegation from the Zionist regime was on board the flight.
Bahrain’s state-run media did not immediately acknowledge the flight. Officials on the island off the coast of Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did the U.S. embassy in Manama.
In contrast to the first El Al flight from the occupied territories to the UAE at the end of August, the flight to Bahrain was made without ceremony. That plane carried U.S. and Zionist officials, including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
In Bahrain, civil society groups have criticized the move to normalize relations with the Zionist regime, saying that recognition should come only after Palestinians obtain their independent state.