All eyes were on US President Joe Biden as he departed Israel for Saudi Arabia on 15 July for his hotly anticipated trip to the Middle East energy giant. Mr Biden was still in the air as MEES went to press, and on the morning of his flight he noted that “Today, I will be the first president of the United States to fly from Israel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.” The US President hailed Saudi Arabia’s “historic decision” to open its airspace to flights to and from Israel.