Qatar mentioned flights are for World Cup followers and its place on Israel stays unchanged as the 2 nations haven’t any ties.
The primary direct industrial flight between Israel and Qatar landed in Doha forward of the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, regardless of the nations not having diplomatic relations.
Worldwide soccer governing physique FIFA mentioned on November 10 that the particular direct flights had been confirmed, and that Cyprus-based Tus Airways would function them all through the month-long match.
On Sunday, the top of Israel’s Directorate of Public Diplomacy, Lior Haiat, mentioned at Ben Gurion Airport close to Tel Aviv that “historical past was made” with the “first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Doha”.
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FIFA mentioned that “Palestinian ticket holders and the media” would be capable of “journey on these scheduled flights with none restrictions”. But it surely was not instantly clear to what extent Palestinian residents of the West Financial institution occupied by Israel or the Gaza Strip would have entry to the deal.
The association would rely on Israel’s “safety necessities”, FIFA mentioned.
Palestinian residents, each within the West Financial institution and Gaza, face critical challenges in touring overseas. Palestinians within the West Financial institution often journey from Jordan as a result of entry to Ben Gurion Airport is strictly restricted. These in Gaza don’t have entry to Israel or its airport, besides very hardly ever.
One of many passengers, Hadar Segal, 35, mentioned the aircraft was “one thing particular and historic”.
He deliberate to see England play Israel’s enemy Iran, in addition to the match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia, one other Arab nation that doesn’t acknowledge Israel.
Israeli passport holders can often journey to Qatar solely on a particular visa issued for sports activities matches or conferences. There are not any direct flights between the 2 nations.
Qatar has pressured that its stance on the normalization of relations with Israel stays unchanged. It’s linked to Palestinian statehood which is achieved by a two-state resolution in accordance with the related resolutions of the United Nations Safety Council.
Its neighbors, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, established diplomatic ties with Israel underneath agreements that have been damaged by the USA in 2020.