UAE-Israel peace deal: First commercial flight from Israel arrives in UAE using Saudi airspace
The first commercial flight from the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations following a peace deal between the UAE and Israel this month.
The flight of Israel's national airline, Al Aal, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates after a three-hour flight with a delegation of Israeli and US officials. The flight was allowed to use Saudi Arabian airspace, which is usually closed to Israeli aircraft.
It should be noted that the United Arab Emirates is the third Arab country in the Middle East to recognize Israel, which came into being in 1948.
The flight also includes Jared Kishner, son-in-law and senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, and Mayer Ben Shebt, Israel's national security adviser. The flight of the Israeli national airline carrying a high-level delegation from the United States and Israel has been named LY971 in accordance with the UAE dialling code.
On Saturday, the UAE lifted a boycott of Israel. The law has been in force in the country since 1972, and earlier this month the two countries began communicating for the first time through direct telephone calls. The United States played a key role in restoring relations between the two countries, and the "surprising announcement" was made by the United Arab Emirates on August 13. Jared Kishner, a senior US adviser, led the secret talks on the agreement between the two countries.
During the visit, a joint US-Israeli delegation will meet with Emirati representatives to discuss enhancing cooperation between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. On the return of the delegation, the Israeli flight has been given the number LY972 in accordance with the Israeli dialling code.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted that "this is an example of peace for peace."
While the UAE's decision to recognize Israel has been praised by most countries in the international community, the Palestinians have called it a "betrayal" of their intentions. In exchange for a peace deal with the United Arab Emirates, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to suspend a controversial plan to annex the West Bank to Israel. The Palestinians claim their right to this land.
Before the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are the two countries in the Arab world that have recognized Israel. And signed peace agreements with Israel in 1978 and 1994, respectively.