Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the UAE takes off

Meir Ben-Shabbat,Robert O'Brien,Jared Kushner
Posted at 10:51 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 10:51:34-04

Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations.

The website of the Israel Airports Authority listed the flight on Friday, which U.S. officials earlier said will include officials led by President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Other U.S. officials on board will include national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz and envoy for Iran Brian Hook. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier announced that his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, will lead Israel’s delegation.