1. Am Yisrael fly: Israelis took a plane from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday, flying more than Riyadh, and boy was it fascinating, specifically for the journalists aboard.
- “I have witnessed the return of the remains of an Israeli MIA via Moscow, and traveled with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Uganda, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Beijing for his diplomatic visits. But the flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi was one thing entirely diverse,” writes Israel Hayom’s Ariel Kahana. “It underscores the key breakthrough amongst the UAE and Israel. The truth that El Al’s Star of David flew more than Saudi Arabia symbolizes the tectonic shift underway in relations amongst Israel and the Arab globe. … The enormity[sic] of these developments was palpable amongst all these who have been on board, not just the Israeli and US officials but also the flight crew and reporters. Every person talked about how it was such a good privilege to be taking component in this historic occasion.”
- “It was apparent this was no common flight,” writes AP’s Aron Heller
“The journey was steeped in symbolism. U.S. and Israeli flags adorned the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport as Israeli music played, and the word ‘peace’ was emblazoned in English, Hebrew and Arabic above the cockpit window of the Boeing 737. On board, the ‘Making History’ motto featured prominently on each and every seat’s headrest covering and complimentary fabric bags of the ‘Abraham Accord Inaugural Flight’ have been distributed.”
- Yedioth’s Itamar Eichner writes that “a wave of excitement” passed via the plane as it passed more than Riyadh. “Out the window stretched a in no way-ending desert, and the screens on the flight showed the historic path: Riyadh beneath, Abu Dhabi to the east, Manama the capital of Bahrain inside attain. Israelis more than Saudi Arabia. Perhaps 30,000 feet up, but the closest we’ve ever been,” he says.
- Channel 12’s Ohad Hemo, reporting although grinning ear to ear on a shaky bus from the airport to a hotel, says, “It’s a feeling of a day of higher excitement, a historic occasion.”
- Haaretz’s Noa Landau tweets a image of her menu aboard the flight, and in a subsequent tweet calls the sight of an Israeli plane in Abu Dhabi “unbelievable.”
- A single eagle-eyed commenter notes that “historic flight and all, but they nevertheless cannot spell bulgur.”
- Chief ToI Jewish worshiper in Arab states correspondent Raphael Ahren writes not only about the the flight and blasting the shofar in Abu Dhabi, but also about all the wining and dining the Emiratis did for their guests: “When I entered my space on the 37th floor of the city’s magnificent St. Regis hotel, I located some exquisite baked goods and numerous other gifts in a bag with the UAE’s official emblem on it. It contained a locally created dark amber and cardamon-scented candle, a jar of raw organic samr honey, and a rabaah — a spike fiddle traditionally made use of by nomadic Bedouins — in a fine leather bag.”
- The New York Occasions writes that “the substance of [the] meetings seemed secondary, and not a close second, to the spectacle of the Israeli-marked El Al jet on the tarmac in Abu Dhabi.”
- It is not just Israelis: Maskless American officials Jared Kushner, Robert O’Brien and Avi Berkowitz are noticed reacting with the giddy excitement of schoolboys as the plane readies to take off in a video tweeted by Ivanka Trump.
two. You just about Etihad me: Quickly probably you as well, basic reader, can get pleasure from the higher-flying adventure of Israeli journalists soaring more than Riyadh.
- Foreign Ministry director Alon Ushpiz tells Army Radio that “in the final 24 hours we’ve worked on the direct flights problem. The aim is to get flights to the Emirates inside a handful of weeks.”
- Channel 13 news reports that Etihad has currently began promoting tickets to Israelis. Unmentioned by the channel, which claims the story as an exclusive, in spite of the truth that it is carried by numerous outlets, is the truth that the flights are not but from Tel Aviv, which 1 would have to have to go to Globes to uncover out.
- “These are not direct flights from Tel Aviv, which are nevertheless a dream for the future, but Israelis can now officially invest in Etihad Airways tickets,” reports the economic everyday, which itself does not mention that Israelis could currently invest in Etihad tickets, so extended as the UAE was not their final location.
- Channel 12 news writes that it contacted the Israeli organization promoting the Etihad tickets to see if it could invest in 1. The response: “Are you joking me? We do not have them in the nation. After they are obtainable I assume they’ll be on the net. Lemme verify with the management and I’ll get back to you.”
- (Numerous far more calls to the exact same organization yield an admission that Israelis can’t essentially invest in tickets to the Emirates via it but.)
- Kan cites an Israeli member of the Israeli delegation to the UAE providing a far more modest estimation that Israelis will be in a position to fly direct to the UAE ahead of the finish of the year.
three. The ties that bind: With the historic flight to historic Abu Dhabi out of the way, Israel’s ties with the UAE are prepared to flourish … er, retain flourishing, according to the scads of Israeli journalists spirited away to the magical kingdom, as nicely as these watching from household.
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- “Israel and the United Arab Emirates have been in no way at war, but the normalization of ties amongst these two nations, which is advancing at a dizzying pace, promises to develop into a really warm peace. At least that is the impression the Israeli delegation to the Gulf nation got on its historic initial day right here Monday,” writes Ahren.
- He involves a mea culpa for obtaining previously written that no Gulf state would agree to open ties ahead of a peace deal with the Palestinians: “Monday’s historic nonstop flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, and the care and enthusiasm with which Emiratis welcomed us to their nation, show how incorrect I was.”
- Yedioth Ahronoth gets so excited about the burgeoning ties that it reports as a key exclusive on its front web page that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself has created the trip to the UAE for talks with de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Zayed, two years ago.
- A huge scoop certainly. The only challenge is it does not belong to Yedioth. As Kan reporter Moav Vardi points out, Israel Hayom reported 3 weeks ago that Netanyahu had created at least two trips to the UAE in the final two years, although the data was buried in a tiny sidebar and tossed in as an aside barely meriting mention.
- Yedioth’s Smadar Peri gets caught up in the excitement as nicely, urging persons to “leave behind the cynicism, lay down your accounts against Netanyahu, take a break from the protests at Balfour. Neglect for a second all the caveats that we have, and rightly so, with Trump. What is about to take place amongst us and the UAE is genuinely historic.”
four. Emir bist du schoen: Israeli journalists also crow about how excited the Emiratis are, conveniently ignoring the truth that the nation is a dictatorship with zero freedom of the press and that they had no access to actual persons who could essentially speak freely.
- A front web page on the nearby English-language Khaleej Occasions, with the headline “Salaam Shalom,” above a image of a tripartite meeting amongst Israeli, US and UAE officials, gets wide play in the Hebrew press.
מחר בעיתונים באמירויות @HSajwanization pic.twitter.com/WCd9mITI4n
— roi kais • רועי קייס (@kaisos1987) August 31, 2020
- “Sky News’ Arabic channel, which broadcasts from the UAE, invited different analysts and authorities to their studio, who praised the nascent deal and encouraged other Gulf states to take related action,” reports Israel Hayom.
- The paper also runs a hokey cartoon with two Emiratis marveling in excitement at an Israeli plane zooming close to the Burj Khaleefa tower.
מאייר: שלמה כהן. pic.twitter.com/pFZaJH20HJ
— ישראל היום – הדף הרשמי (@IsraelHayomHeb) September 1, 2020
- In Yedioth, Shimrit Meir claims that this is the initial time the “the Arab side” is as excited as the Israelis about the deal. “In Television studios in Abu Dhabi they hosted celebratory broadcasts of the El Al flight landing. ‘Peace we have waited for along time,’ stated 1 senior analyst. ‘This is peace in the light of day, not in the dark,’ stated his counterpart. That is probably the principal distinction right here, even far more than than the Arab concession on Israel providing up land or progress with the Palestinians. The open normalization is the essence of the matter. … the citizens of each states writing with the assistance of Google Translate and immediately after corona getting in a position to meet each and every other at the Burj Khaleefa or the Old City of Jerusalem.”
- Providing a bit far more of a nuanced view, NPR’s Daniel Estrin reports that “Getting the view from Emiratis is a tiny bit difficult on this subject. There is a sense that if Emiratis right here object to the deal, they would not say so publicly or even on social media. I have spoken to Emiratis who are thrilled about the deal. And this evening we met Emirati officials for a really festive dinner. We spoke at length about it, but they asked us not to repeat what they stated. The US embassy even told us not to name who these officials are, that they could get in difficulty with their nation if we did so. But I will inform you 1 analyst I spoke to, Bader Al-Saif from the Carnegie Middle East Center – he told me that Emiratis see this as a geopolitical national interest to get the goodwill of the US and also to additional position themselves as a regional leader in the Middle East.”
five. Sorry to burj your bubble: In Israel, exactly where there is a totally free press, not everyone is as gung-ho about the deal getting the bee’s knees.
- In Haaretz, Yossi Melman notes that numerous key troubles stay, from the technical to the far-reaching, as the two sides move toward a signing ceremony (which he says Bin Zayed is not most likely to attend.)
- “The most significant nut to crack somehow ahead of the ceremony requires spot is the Palestinian problem. The Palestinian Authority is now foolishly boycotting the Emirates (recalling but once again Abba Eban’s popular dictum that the Palestinians in no way miss an chance to miss an chance). But even so, it has played an vital function right here. The prime minister and the proper are hoping that peace agreements amongst Israel and Arab states will make it unnecessary to deal straight with the Palestinians, but that is not so,” he writes.
- Channel 12’s Amnon Abramovitch says that the normalization deal “excites only the political elites and the media, like the undersigned of course, but not the public. To make peace with a nation we have been in no way at war with is like reporting on some schmo who died that no one ever knew was alive.”
- And of course there is the pesky F-35 deal. Foreign Policy quotes a Congressional staffer saying that Abu Dhabi is expecting to get the US planes now, and lickety-split: “I do not see how the UAE would have agreed [to the deal] if it wasn’t taking place in 3 to 4 months. They study the tea leaves, and they know points will alter for them in the subsequent administration.”
- Maybe former negotiator Aaron David Miller sums it up ideal in a piece for USA Now: “Will all this hoopla make a distinction in an election only 60 days away? Most likely not. But [as] my grandmother made use of to say about her chicken soup — it couldn’t hurt.”