The first passenger flight carrying Israeli tourists to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed on Sunday in Dubai, a historic moment marking a new level of economic cooperation in the Middle East. .
Sunday’s flight comes weeks after the two countries signed a historic peace agreement that normalized relations under US guidance. It is believed to include a delegation of both Jewish and Arab Israelis, including some who had previously arrived in the UAE and others looking for new business opportunities, the Associated Press reported.
“Without a doubt, normalization between Israel and the UAE will do good and beneficial things for the Arabs inside Israel. There is no doubt about that, ”Hussein Suleiman, chief of the Arab business delegation and flight participant, told the AP. “We support this agreement and normalization process, and we are here today to normalize normalization in practice.”;
The flight is organized by FlyDubai, a travel organization that is said to plan to begin flights from UAE to Tel Aviv in the coming weeks.
The UAE leaders formally ended their country’s boycott of Israel earlier this year and attended the signing of the Abrahamic Agreement at the White House in September as part of the historic thaw between the two. nation. Telephone service between the two countries was also established.
The move appears to result in the UAE buying the F-35 from the US, as the UAE has long sought to approach the aircraft but was met with resistance from US officials who did not encourage any moves could threaten Israel’s military dominance in the region. Tose’s concerns seem to have been alleviated when the Israeli government signaled it would not object to a potential sale.