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Israel, Saudi Arabia said holding US-brokered talks on deals aimed at promoting normalization

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaks during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 14, 2021. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaks during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 14, 2021. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

Israel and Saudi Arabia have been holding US-brokered talks on a number of agreements that could help clear the path to eventual diplomatic ties between the countries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the report, one such agreement would allow greater rights for commercial flights from Israel to fly over Saudi Arabia in exchange for Jerusalem approving the transfer of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian-control to Riyadh.

The newspaper says officials in the kingdom see a shift in attitudes among young Saudis in favor of normalizing relations with Israel.

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