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Policy Change: El Al Seeking to Fly Over Saudi Arabia

Israel’s largest airline has appealed to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), requesting the body’s help in obtaining permission to access Saudi Arabia’s airspace for a direct flight to India. Agreeing to overflights by the Israeli airline would mark a significant change of policy for the Arab state, which has never recognized Israel.

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Spike in Chinese Tourists Visiting Israel

There was a 112 percent increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel last month, while the overall number of visitors from China since the beginning of the year rose 53 percent compared to last year.

Chinese tourists watch the motorcade of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he arrives to meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 9, 2013. Netanyahu is on a five day visit to China and will meet with Chinese President Xi …