The first direct flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates took off this Monday morning from Tel Aviv Airport with the Israeli authorities and also from the United States to symbolize the historic diplomatic agreement announced almost three weeks ago.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-900 operated by the Israeli airline El Al, bears the word “peace” in three languages - Arabic, Hebrew and English – and will cross Saudi Arabia’s airspace for the first time. On board is an Israeli delegation led by Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat and another from the United States led by Jared Kushner, adjutant and son-in-law of President Donald Trump.
“Yesterday at the (Western Wall) I prayed for Muslims and Arabs from all over the world to realize with this flight that we are all children of God and that the future is not determined by the past,” said Kushner confidently before boarding “Peace and prosperity in the region are possible.”
For his part, Ben-Shabbat said he was “proud” to lead the Israeli delegation. The goal, he said, is to promote a political and economic approach “in a variety of areas,” ranging from tourism to health, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced a historic deal on August 13 in which the United States acted as mediator. In addition to approving the start of diplomatic relations, the text also contained a commitment by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to paralyze the possible annexation of areas in the West Bank.