History was made Monday after the first-ever commercial flight flew between Tel Aviv, Israel and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; a route that took the aircraft over Saudi Arabian airspace for the first time.
“Ladies and Gentlemen… Welcome aboard El-Al Flight 0971 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. This is the Captain, we are very pleased to host this historic flight… Another step towards regional peace. For the very first time, an Israeli-registered aircraft will fly over Saudi Arabia,” said the Captain.
🔊 "Ladies & gentlemen, Shalom & welcome onboard flight 971 from Tel aviv to Abu Dhabi."
ELAL Captain of #PeaceFlight0971 delivers message of hope for many more such flights in our region.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) August 31, 2020
“This historic non-stop flight, the plane will touch down on the runway of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates,” he added.
Listen to the Captain’s comments above.
HISTORY MADE: Trump Brokers Historic Agreement Between Israel and United Arab Emirates
President Trump brokered a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates this week; announcing both countries will formally normalize all relations and establish embassies and direct flights.
“Today we usher in a new era of peace between Israel and the Arab world,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace.”
Washington Post’s David Ignatius calls the historic peace agreement between Israel and UAE “a significant achievement for Israel, for the UAE, and the United States.”
This is a HUGE deal – the first between Israel and a major Arab nation in over 25 years! pic.twitter.com/qmU2rylcHF
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 14, 2020
“The agreement brokered by [Trump] 4 the UAE 2establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.” https://t.co/rkgTjW8pRw
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 14, 2020
“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” said President Trump at the White House.
Historic ‘Abraham Accord’ Peace Agreement Reached Between Israel, United Arab Emirates
In a historic announcement few ever thought they would see in their lifetime, a Middle East Peace deal has been reached. Taking to Twitter today to publicize the news, President Trump announced: “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” The action will be known as the “Abraham Accord” named for the “father of all three great faiths.”
A joint statement was released between President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. The statement read that after the three leaders spoke, they “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
In the statement, the entirety of which was posted on President Trump’s Twitter account, it was noted that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was due to “the request of President Trump.” Specifications of the deal include Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
Attention was given to the global coronavirus pandemic: “The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.” Furthermore, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation.”