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US officials announce first Israel-UAE commercial flight for next week

US officials announce first Israel-UAE commercial flight for next week
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Senior Trump administration officials will join Israeli government leaders on the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates next week, highlighting the historic decision by the two Middle East countries to normalize relations.

A White House official told The Hill on Tuesday that senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Kushner friend arrested on cyberstalking charges Chris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE's son-in-law, would lead the U.S. delegation alongside national security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienOvernight Defense: More COVID-19 cases on USS Theodore Roosevelt | Trump adviser fires back at general over Afghanistan | US blasts Turkey's test of air defense system Trump adviser shoots back at top general: 'I wasn't speculating' on Afghanistan troop levels Overnight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy MORE. The plane used for the flight will likely be an Israeli El Al airliner, The Associated Press reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE reportedly announced that his nation's top security official, Meir Ben-Shabbat, would lead Israel's delegation.

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“This is a historic agreement,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, according to the AP. “It will spur growth. It will help bring general economic growth, especially during the coronavirus era. I hope that other countries in our region will join the circle of peace.”

Next week's flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi follows an agreement between the U.S., the UAE and Israel earlier this month that involved Israel halting its annexation of Palestinian territories.

Trump has vowed to build on the progress of the UAE-Israel agreement, promising to strike a deal with Iran's leaders within days if he's reelected in November. Foreign policy experts, however, are skeptical that an agreement between Washington and Tehran could be reached as long as tough sanctions remain in place on Iran.