First Ever Commercial Flight from Israel to the UAE has Landed

Meir Ben-Shabbat, Robert O'Brien and Jared Kushner are seated during a flight on Israeli flag carrier El Al airliner to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 31, 2020. (REUTERSNIR ELIAS).jpg
Meir Ben-Shabbat, Robert O’Brien and Jared Kushner are seated during a flight on Israeli flag carrier El Al airliner to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 31, 2020. (REUTERSNIR ELIAS)

History has been made today as the first ever commercial flight from Israel to UAE has landed. This is a major leap in improving the relations between Israel and UAE after the peace deal announcement. Israel’s El Al airliner made the historic 3-hours trip to Abu Dhabi. The flag carrier of Israel was carrying Top Israeli and US officials.

Boarding Pass of the Flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi
Image Credit: The Jerusalem Post

El Al airliner was permitted to fly over Saudi Arabia which is blocked for the Israeli air traffic. Saudi Arabia issued a special permission on Sunday to use it’s airspace. UAE is the third Middle Eastern country who recognized Israel since it’s birth in 1948. UAE cancelled the law of boycotting Israel and the two countries also initiated the direct telephone service. The plane that was carrying the special delegation has “Peace” written on it in three different languages which are Arabic, English and Hebrew. On the other hand, Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh criticized the flight as painful as well as clear violation of the Arab’s stand towards Arab-Israeli conflict. Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and Robert Obrien, National Security Advisor led the US delegation. Israeli delegation was led by their National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted about this historic flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. She shared a video of the plane that landed in Abu Dhabi.

Hend Al Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affair of UAE also tweeted about the historic commercial flight.

 

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