The United Arab Emirates president has issued a decree annulling the legislation that provides for a boycott against Israel. Now allowing trade and economic agreements between the two countries, the state news agency WAM reported today.
The United Arab Emirates made its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad dispatched supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus.
A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020.
The decree of President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is aimed at “supporting bilateral cooperation to achieve the establishment of bilateral relations,” the WAM reported.
The announcement comes as Israeli airline El Al plans to launch the first direct flight between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and the Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli delegation and high-ranking Nubian advisers.
Among those advisers will be Jared Kuncher, Trump’s son-in-law. According to a US official, the flight will depart on August 31 at 10:00 am (local time and Greek time).
On the Israeli side, national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat will be part of the trip and the directors general of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the foreign and defense ministries.
The United States mediated an agreement on August 13 to normalize relations between the Emirates and Israel.
The Israel-UAE deal awaits negotiations on details such as opening embassies, trade, and travel links before it is officially signed.
Talks with Emirati officials will focus in particular on the organization of the official signing ceremony of the standardization agreement between the UAE and the Hebrew state, scheduled at the White House in the coming weeks.