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, specially for the journalists aboard.
- “I have witnessed the return of the remains of an Israeli MIA by means of 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 some thing entirely distinct,” writes Israel Hayom’s Ariel Kahana. “It underscores the significant breakthrough among 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 among Israel and the Arab planet. … The enormity[sic] of these developments was palpable amongst all these who had been on board, not just the Israeli and US officials but also the flight crew and reporters. Absolutely everyone talked about how it was such a terrific privilege to be taking portion in this historic occasion.”
- “It was apparent this was no standard 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 every seat’s headrest covering and complimentary fabric bags of the ‘Abraham Accord Inaugural Flight’ had been distributed.”
- Yedioth’s Itamar Eichner writes that “a wave of excitement” passed by means of the plane as it passed more than Riyadh. “Out the window stretched a never ever-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. Possibly 30,000 feet up, but the closest we’ve ever been,” he says.
- Channel 12’s Ohad Hemo, reporting when 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.”
- One particular eagle-eyed commenter notes that “historic flight and all, but they nonetheless can not 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 area on the 37th floor of the city’s magnificent St. Regis hotel, I discovered some exquisite baked goods and various other gifts in a bag with the UAE’s official emblem on it. It contained a locally produced dark amber and cardamon-scented candle, a jar of raw organic samr honey, and a rabaah — a spike fiddle traditionally applied by nomadic Bedouins — in a fine leather bag.”
- The New York Instances 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 practically Etihad me: Quickly maybe you also, very simple 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 target is to get flights to the Emirates inside a couple 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 various outlets, is the truth that the flights are not however from Tel Aviv, which a single would will need to go to Globes to come across out.
- “These are not direct flights from Tel Aviv, which are nonetheless a dream for the future, but Israelis can now officially acquire Etihad Airways tickets,” reports the economic every day, which itself does not mention that Israelis could currently acquire Etihad tickets, so lengthy as the UAE was not their final location.
- Channel 12 news writes that it contacted the Israeli firm promoting the Etihad tickets to see if it could acquire a single. The response: “Are you joking me? We do not have them in the nation. After they are readily available I assume they’ll be on the net. Lemme verify with the management and I’ll get back to you.”
- (Many additional calls to the very same firm yield an admission that Israelis can not truly acquire tickets to the Emirates by means of it however.)
- Kan cites an Israeli member of the Israeli delegation to the UAE providing a additional modest estimation that Israelis will be capable to fly direct to the UAE prior to 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 property.
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- “Israel and the United Arab Emirates had been never ever at war, but the normalization of ties among these two nations, which is advancing at a dizzying pace, promises to turn into a incredibly warm peace. At least that is the impression the Israeli delegation to the Gulf nation got on its historic very first day right here Monday,” writes Ahren.
- He consists of a mea culpa for obtaining previously written that no Gulf state would agree to open ties prior to 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 significant exclusive on its front web page that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself has produced the trip to the UAE for talks with de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Zayed, two years ago.
- A large scoop certainly. The only trouble is it does not belong to Yedioth. As Kan reporter Moav Vardi points out, Israel Hayom reported 3 weeks ago that Netanyahu had produced at least two trips to the UAE in the final two years, even though the info 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 people today 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 happen among 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 people today who could truly speak freely.
- A front web page on the nearby English-language Khaleej Instances, with the headline “Salaam Shalom,” above a image of a tripartite meeting among 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 many analysts and professionals to their studio, who praised the nascent deal and encouraged other Gulf states to take equivalent 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 very first 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,’ mentioned a single senior analyst. ‘This is peace in the light of day, not in the dark,’ mentioned his counterpart. That is maybe the primary distinction right here, even additional 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 aid of Google Translate and following corona getting capable to meet every other at the Burj Khaleefa or the Old City of Jerusalem.”
- Providing a bit additional 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 incredibly festive dinner. We spoke at length about it, but they asked us not to repeat what they mentioned. The US embassy even told us not to name who these officials are, that they could get in problems with their nation if we did so. But I will inform you a single 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 absolutely free press, not everyone is as gung-ho about the deal getting the bee’s knees.
- In Haaretz, Yossi Melman notes that various significant problems 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 greatest nut to crack somehow prior to the ceremony requires location is the Palestinian problem. The Palestinian Authority is now foolishly boycotting the Emirates (recalling however once again Abba Eban’s well-known dictum that the Palestinians never ever miss an chance to miss an chance). But even so, it has played an vital part right here. The prime minister and the ideal are hoping that peace agreements among 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, which includes the undersigned of course, but not the public. To make peace with a nation we had been never ever 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 items will transform for them in the subsequent administration.”
- Probably former negotiator Aaron David Miller sums it up finest in a piece for USA Now: “Will all this hoopla make a distinction in an election only 60 days away? Almost certainly not. But [as] my grandmother applied to say about her chicken soup — it couldn’t hurt.”