The United Arab Emirates flew its very first publicly announced flight to Israel on Tuesday when Etihad Airways sent clinical provides to support the Palestinians cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
Other than for Jordan and Egypt, Arab nations around the world have no official relations with Israel but Gulf Arab nations like the UAE and the Jewish state have been warming ties lately amid shared worry above Iran.
“Etihad Airways operated a devoted humanitarian cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on 19 May possibly to supply health-related materials to the Palestinians,” an Etihad spokesperson claimed. “The flight experienced no travellers on board.”
The official UAE information company WAM said the flight associated the delivery of 14 tonnes of urgent health-related supplies that “will assistance the attempts to suppress the distribute of COVID-19 pandemic and its effect in the occupied Palestinian territory”.
WAM additional: “The assist consists of personal protective tools, PPE, and health care machines. Most notably, it features 10 ventilators that are acutely required.”
Israel controls obtain to the Palestinian territories.
The Etihad delivery was explained as part of broader humanitarian attempts.
“Etihad Airways proceeds to operate quite a few humanitarian flights offering a great deal needed assist to nations within its network and past.”
The Arab international locations have referred to as for a settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a problem for normalising ties with the Jewish state.
The Arab League routinely denounces Jewish settlement development in the occupied West Bank as nicely as Israel’s policy towards the Gaza Strip.
But Gulf Arab states have demonstrated indications of a rapprochement with Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018, for example. Other moves require Israeli athletes and officers being increasingly allowed to take a look at the Gulf states.
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