The Saudi announcement in the country's official press agency refers to allowing "all flights" to pass through its airspace but makes no direct reference to Iran or Qatar, two nations now banned from flying over the kingdom. On Monday, El Al Flight 971 took a joint US-Israel delegation to Abu Dhabi for talks with Emirati officials to lay the groundwork for the agreement between Israel and the UAE ahead of a peace accord to be signed in the coming weeks.
The UAE had formally requested that Saudi Arabia open its airspace to UAE-Israel flights, with support from the Trump administration.
The Palestinian Authority and resistance factions have denounced the UAE-Israel deal, saying it does not serve the Palestinian cause and ignores the rights of Palestinians.
"There will be a great deal more good news to come", he concluded.
The Palestinians could have been the first to enjoy the fruits of said cooperation, but they aren't interested in normalization or a warm peace, even if these could bring both Israel and the Palestinians prosperity.
The announcement comes in the wake of the first ever commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday which crossed over Saudi airspace, as Breitbart Jerusalem reported. The Israel-UAE plan was announced on August 13; the White House is lobbying for the signing ceremony to occur before Rosh Hashanah begins on September 18. It gives the UAE the power to act to implement calm and regional stability, and even mediate between the two sides to help them reach understandings, which would improve the Palestinians' economic situation and living standards.
The Saudi kingdom is not far behind. "The prospects for the peace process in the region and the need to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to achieve a just and lasting peace were also discussed", the Saudi Press Agency said after Kushner's meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
Last week, during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Bahrain said it was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state.
Kushner is confident about the future of Israel-Saudi diplomacy.
In 2002, Saudi Arabia sponsored the Arab Peace Initiative which called for Israel's complete withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967 and an equitable solution for Palestinian refugees, in exchange for peace and the full normalization of relations.
The decision cuts flying time between the Middle East states by several hours.