Algeria and Tunisia have reportedly barred an Israeli plane making its first direct flight from Tel Aviv to the Moroccan capital from using their airspace.
This was reported by the pan-Arab news and commentary website al-Masdar News, citing Tunisia’s Nessma TV, on Wednesday.
The TV said the plane, which included several American officials, including U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, was subsequently forced to “take a northern route that goes through the Mediterranean Sea.”
The alternate route took the plane through Greek, Italian and Spanish airspace before landing in Rabat.
Algeria’s An-Nahar website strongly denied accusations that the country had allowed the plane to fly its airspace. “Malicious-minded and misleading parties spread false news about the passage of the Zionist plane through Algerian airspace,” it wrote.
Morocco is the latest country to join the trend of normalizing relations with the Israeli regime launched by the United States. Since September, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan have agreed to move closer to Tel Aviv.
However, the spate of compromises with the illegal regime has been vehemently denounced by Palestinians and their supporters, who call it a stab in the back of the oppressed nation and its ideal of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.
Meanwhile, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement that all “rumors about Tunisia’s intention to normalize relations with Israel are unfounded,” noting that this position “will not be affected by the international changes.”
by Basit Abbasi