The Israeli airline El Al is still denied access to Oman’s airspace. This news is now popular on social media. It was prepared to start. Israel was granted permission to fly its civilian aircraft across Saudi airspace on August 11.
The CEO of El Al, Dina Ben-Tal, said that Oman would be the next to grant authorization and that it would happen within a few days, but that wasn’t the case. So why? Iran is allegedly exerting pressure on Oman to deny Israeli airline El Al permission to fly over Oman’s airspace.
It’s still early, so Muscat might change its mind. It has always been friendly with Israel, but it doesn’t want to give up its role as a middleman between Iran and the Arab states, including Yemen and possibly Syria. As a result, Muscat will likely give in to pressure from Tehran in exchange for political clout.
Social media users are retweeting the news of the Sultanate’s rejection to provide permission, and it is certain to go viral. It was always anticipated that Oman would follow the lead of the Gulf nations, particularly the UAE and Bahrain, which mended relations with Israel in late 2020 as a result of the Abraham Accords.
Israeli media maintains a stiff upper lip, claiming that this is merely a delay in issuing permission as opposed to a complete denial.