Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Saturday that “missiles” over Saudi Arabia prevented his plane from crossing the kingdom’s airspace to the Emirates after Jordan was prevented from crossing its airspace.
During an interview with Channel 13, Netanyahu spoke of “missiles in the sky of Saudi Arabia a week ago,” referring to the attacks on a Saudi oil facility in Dammam last week, which the Houthis claimed responsibility for.
Netanyahu said, “I do not want to go into details.” He added that Jordan “needs good relations with Israel, no less than our need for good relations with him.”
Despite the opening of the direct flight route between Israel and Abu Dhabi through Saudi airspace, Netanyahu was scheduled to travel by helicopter from Ben Gurion Airport to Amman and from there via a private luxury plane to Abu Dhabi, according to the Ynet website.
The flight was canceled after Jordan prevented Netanyahu from entering its airspace on Thursday, after Tel Aviv prevented Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah from entering the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday evening, claiming that it violated security arrangements.
On Friday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi confirmed that his country had prevented Netanyahu’s plane flying on its way to the Emirates.
Source: Hebrew media