Kushner: Israel-UAE flight allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia

Historic first commercial flight from Israel to the UAE was allowed to use Saudi airspace and not forced to take longer route.

AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Kushner and Ben Shabbat meet UAE Foreign Minister Gargarsh
Kushner and Ben Shabbat meet UAE Foreign Minister Gargarsh
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Saudi Arabia allowed the "historic" flight between Israel and the UAE to cross its airspace, White House advisor Jared Kushner said at Abu Dhabi shortly after the flight landed Monday.

"This is the first time this has ever happened, I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for making that possible," said Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, who is leading a joint US-Israeli delegation to the Gulf nation following its deal to normalize ties with the Jewish state.

Kushner told reporters that the leaders of Israel and the US would discuss the UAE's request to purchase advanced F-35 fighter jets from the Americans.

"Trump and Netanyahu will discuss the prospects of making the deal," he said.

Kushner noted that the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria has been suspended so that normalization can be carried out with the United Arab Emirates. "Our focus and that of Israel now is on the realization of the deal we have achieved. This is a great opportunity and we need to focus on it," Kushner said. "But President Trump likes to keep his options open."

Kushner also said the White House does not intend to pursue the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table. "President Trump will not pay anyone for a meeting," he said. "When they are ready, they will come back. We will not pressure them or pay them off for it."

"I know that Netanyahu sees the great opportunity created here," Kushner said.



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