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Israeli authorities are reported to be giving favorable consideration to a proposal to establish a foreign flag ferry service between Eilat and the neighboring Jordanian port of Aqaba. Sources close to the Ministry of Tourism disclosed that the proposal was made by a foreign airline. Israeli authorities have no objection to the plan, the sources noted, but say its realization is up to Jordanian authorities. The Israelis regard the proposed ferry service as merely an addition to the open bridges policy between Jordan and Israel.

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