US officials announced Tuesday that the first commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is scheduled for next week, carrying American and Israeli delegations to Abu Dhabi after the two countries agreed to normalize relations.
The flight, likely on an Israeli El Al airliner, would carry a US delegation headed by US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, the officials said.
They added that the Israeli delegation would be made up of experts in the fields of aviation, space, health and banking.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Prime Minister’s Office said the flight would depart this coming Monday and that the Israeli delegation would be led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat. Also taking part would be the head of the Civil Aviation Authority and the directors of the PMO, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry.
The Israeli statement didn’t include a reference to the flight being direct or to an El Al airliner being used.
It said the US delegation, apart from Kushner and O’Brien, would also include special envoy for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Israel’s Channel 12 reported that Israel’s first commercial flight will pass over Saudi Arabia after Riyadh approved the flight path.
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