An Israeli-American delegation was set to take off Monday on the first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi as the US-brokered normalisation agreement between the Jewish state and the UAE takes hold. The El Al flight, scheduled to leave at 0730 GMT from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, will carry a delegation led on the American side by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner.
The word "peace" was painted on the plane's cockpit in Arabic, English and Hebrew, images issued by El Al showed.
"You will see how the sparks fly on this. It's already happening," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking alongside Kushner in Jerusalem on Sunday, said, predicting that "today's breakthroughs will become tomorrow's norms. It will pave the way for other countries to normalise their ties with Israel."
This video of a plane landing may not seem significant to some, but to many, this is everything. El Al flight 971 has landed in the UAE after flying over Saudi Arabia!— Avi B. (@avijustin) August 31, 2020
Peace in our lifetime feels hopeful again. https://t.co/SxkYLqql9r
🇮🇱✈️🇦🇪EL AL flight 971: Израилийн Тел Авив хотоос Арабын Нэгдсэн Эмират Улсын нийслэл Абу Даби хот руу анхны шууд нислэг өнөөдөр хийгдэж байна. Энэ нь хоёр орны харилцаа хэвийн түвшинд очсоны дараагаар болж буй түүхэн нислэг юм. pic.twitter.com/PeMTqhNd43— Angie 💎 (@AngieMongolia) August 31, 2020
🔊 "For the very first time in history, an #Israeli registered aircraft will fly over #SaudiArabia, on a flight from Israel to the #UAE"— Israel in Belgium (@IsraelinBelgium) August 31, 2020
ELAL Captain of #PeaceFlight0971 delivers a message of hope for many more such ✈️ in our region.
Jared Kushner prior to boarding the ‘Peace Plane’, El Al flight 971, to the #UAE:— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) August 31, 2020
I prayed at the [Western] Wall that Arabs around the world would be watching this flight, recognizing that we're all children of G-D and that the future doesn't have to be predetermined by the past pic.twitter.com/eu14DbZZ6K
The route of El Al flight 971 from TLV to Abu Dhabi as published by the Israeli Airline Pilots Association 🇮🇱✈🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/sKMJpY0HdB— Conservative TLVian 🇮🇱 (@qumranqu) August 31, 2020
LY 971..— David Collier (@mishtal) August 31, 2020
El Al on its way from Israel 🇮🇱 to the UAE 🇦🇪
Flying over Saudi Arabia.
History being made. pic.twitter.com/Rj4Z5MlcS5
UAE abolishes Israel boycott law, 48 hours before U.S. and Israeli government delegations are expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi aboard the historic El Al flight 971 https://t.co/jRnVoBTyNw— Axios (@axios) August 29, 2020
History made with El Al flight 971, bearing a joint U.S. Israeli delegation to peace talks with Emirati officials landed in Abu Dhabi.— Daniel Kraus (@rabbidkraus) August 31, 2020
This is a new Middle East. Peace is good. A better future is possible. ✈️ 🇮🇱🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/JDAtSASqJK