The Israeli authorities have finally issued a directive to citizens that they can travel to Saudi Arabia, a development that is happening for the first time in the country's history.
Haaretz, news medium in Israel confirmed the information on Sunday, January 26, saying the directive came from the country's interior ministry, Arye Dery.
The report said Dery signed the directive permitting Israelis to visit Saudi Arabia and that the decision was made "in coordination with the Israeli defense establishment."
It further quoted a statement from the interior ministry as confirming it.
The directive or permission will now allow Israelis to "travel to Saudi Arabia when it is for the purposes of religious rituals during the Islamic pilgrimages known as the Hajj and the Umrah, or for a business trip limited for up to nine days."
The directive, however, said the permission is based on the condition that the person has an invitation from a Saudi official and does not have a pending warrant that may prevent them from entering Saudi Arabia.
Legit.ng reported months ago how Israel's government took a tough decision blocking two United Sstates Democratic lawmakers, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from visiting the middle east country after President Donald Trump asked that they be banned.
The report had quoted Trump as saying it would amount to a show of great weakness if Israel allowed entry to Omar and Tlaib.
In the report published by the BBC, the move came as a reversal after the Israeli ambassador to the US said last month that they would be allowed in.
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