US delegation leads historic flight from Israel to UAE to discuss new ties

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US delegation leads historic flight from Israel to UAE to discuss new ties
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US delegation leads historic flight from Israel to UAE to discuss new ties
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A U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien joined Israeli officials for the first commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

The historic flight aboard Israel’s El Al airline celebrated the U.S.-brokered agreement between the two countries to normalize relations, solidifying years of secret relations amid a shared threat from Iran, although some hurdles remain that could derail the deal.

With the UAE now the third Arab state to recognize Israel, the Trump administration has been pushing other countries in the region to follow suit ahead of the election. That effort seems stalled at the moment after outcry by Palestinian leadership, denouncing the Emirates’ recognition of Israel as a betrayal that leaves a marginalized people even further from achieving their own state.

But Kushner on Monday dismissed their opposition and urged others to “join us in celebrating peace and help us expand it throughout the region and the entire world.”

“The very few who have been critical of this peace agreement are the ones with a long track record of failure and trapping their own people in misery and poverty. They exploit division to maintain power, but their rhetoric has grown tired, and the region is breaking free from their grip,” he added shortly after arriving in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

The high-level American delegation flew with Israeli officials from Israel’s national security council and ministries of foreign affairs, tourism, health, treasury, and cyber security. Delegations from all three countries will convene for talks to bring the deal, announced earlier in August, into effect.

Since that announcement, other symbolic steps have been taken, including connecting telephone calls and the UAE officially repealing a decree to boycott Israel. Unlike Jordan and Egypt, the two Arab countries that already have relations with Israel, the UAE has never fought Israel, and there’s hope for warmer relations, particularly strong business cooperation.

But there are still some issues that must be worked out, especially on Israeli settlements and the F-35 fighter jet.

You can read the rest of Conor Finnegan’s article at ABCnews.com

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