Peace is Better Than WarWinds of peace are blowing in the Middle East. While the positive atmosphere of the deal between Israel and UAE affects the region, the Israel - Hamas ceasefire has stopped the attacks.
"A bold move for the Middle East"
Following the normalization deal signed by Israel and the United Arab Emirates, delegations of the countries came together. It is emphasized that the step taken was a bold move for the Middle East.
The meeting realized by the Israeli and American delegates arriving at Abu Dhabi via the historical flight was a gathering where important messages were delivered to the world.
The UAE National Security Advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, USA National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and USA President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner attended the meeting between UAE, Israel, and the USA delegates.
In the mutually signed declaration made by the three delegations following the meeting, the deal is said to be a 'bold move' for an integrated, stable, and aspiring Middle East.
In the public announcement, it is declared that the two countries' delegations will also evaluate cooperation in the fields of health, space program, civil aviation, tourism, and culture besides politics and diplomacy.
UAE, prohibited boycotting Israel
The United Arab Emirates announced on August 29th, that the boycott applied to Israel which was in effect for a long time, has been lifted. The boycott Israel law has been implemented in 1972, a short while after the Emirate had been founded.
Netanyahu had visited UAE in 2018 secretly
Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had secretly visited the United Arab Emirates in 2018. It is said that during this visit, Netanyahu had come together with the heir to the throne Prince Al Nahyan, and the head of Mossad Yossi Cohen had also been present at the meeting.
The historical flight was realized crossing the Saudi airspace
The first commercial aircraft belonging to the Israeli El Al Airlines with flight number LY971, took off from Tel Aviv on Monday morning and flew to Abu Dhabi. The pilot of the flight, Captain Tal Becker, before taking flight, announced: "Shalom... Welcome to El Al's flight numbered 971 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. We are happy to welcome you on this historical flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi representing a beginning.
This flight will witness the two most important things in the history of the State of Israel. For the first time, an Israeli aircraft will fly over Sudi Arabia. And for the first time, a flight will fly directly from Israel to UAE, without a connection."
The aircraft flying from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday flew from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Flight numbers were respectively 971 and 972. The numbers were taken from the two countries' international telephone codes.
Aviation specialists said that using the Saudi airspace was crucial, and this would decrease the flight duration by about one and a half hours.
The aircraft that crossed the Saudi airspace and was decorated by the 'peace' logo, was carrying important people like USA President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner, USA National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
Morning prayer in Abu Dhabi
On the second day of his visit, the Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, came together with the Jews living in UAE, for the morning prayer.
The prayer in the hotel was attended by the Jews living in Dubai but who came to the capital for the historical visit of the Israeli delegation.
Two communities were present together for the prayer. Dubai's Chabad Jewish members and the Modern Orthodox Community members attended the prayer together in the name of unity and solidarity.
UAE heir to the throne Prince Al Nahyan had declared the year 2019 'Year of Tolerance', and had announced that a center including also a synagogue would be built in Abu Dhabi. The center named Abraham Family House is expected to be opened in 2022.
Although the number of Jews living in the UAE is not exactly known, it is estimated to be around a few hundred to 1500.