The Trump administration is celebrating its role in securing the latest step toward peace in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump and other officials joined in noting the significance of the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates, as reported by ABC News.
“The word ‘Peace’ was written on the plane”
While the historic flight was a symbol of progress in the region, the administration is further being recognized for helping to broker a deal last month that is expected to result in normalized relations between Israel and the UAE. Despite their own rocky past, the two nations have a shared enemy in Iran.
The flight occurred on Monday and carried delegates from the U.S. and Israel aboard.
Not only was an agreement between the two nations needed to make it happen, but Saudi Arabia had to allow the jet to fly in its airspace. In order to establish a permanent and profitable commercial route between the destinations, flights will need to continue using Saudi airspace in the future.
White House adviser Ivanka Trump highlighted the importance of the flight in a tweet on Monday.
“This morning’s historic Israel-Abu Dhabi commercial flight, the first ever, flew over Saudi airspace,” she wrote. “The word ‘Peace’ was written on the plane in Arabic, Hebrew and English to honor the occasion giving a new meaning to the traditional greeting of ‘go in peace.'”
“A clear and blatant violation”
Her husband, Jared Kushner, was among the delegates aboard the flight and similarly recognized Saudi Arabia for its part.
“They were very gracious to allow us to fly over their airspace, which they’ve never done before, for an Israeli commercial plane,” he said.
As with virtually any regional change, however, not everyone was pleased. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh issued a statement denouncing the new air-travel route.
“It hurts us very much today when an Israeli plane lands in the Emirates, under the flight name Kiryat Gat, the settlement which was built on the occupied Palestinian lands of the town of Fallujah in which Gamal Abdel Nasser was trapped, in a clear and a blatant violation of the Arab position toward the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he said.
While that statement proves there is still much work to be done in bringing any sustainable peace to the Middle East, it also highlights the Trump administration’s continuing efforts to make progress.