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Informal ties grow between Israel, Saudi Arabia

With the current rift between Washington and Riyadh, every baby step in informal relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia counts.
Samer Haj Yehia (screen), chairman of Israel's Bank Leumi, attends a panel on the third day of the annual Future Investment Initiative conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 27, 2022.

Athlete Shachar Sagiv participated Oct. 29 in the Saudi NEOM leg of the Super League Triathlon, becoming the first-ever Israeli to compete in the country.

Israel’s Olympic Committee head Yael Arad congratulated the Israeli triathlete, noting that his presence in Saudi Arabia was “a very significant breakthrough.” A statement issued by Arad said, “In the past year we’ve seen many Arab states come to terms with the fact that hosting an international tournament means hosting Israelis. This is a growing trend and the true force in normalization between nations, and especially people.”

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