Israel and the UAE have no diplomatic relationship and there have never been flights between the 2 countries.
But for the first time ever, an Etihad plane is flying from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv. It will carry medical supplies to Palestinians dealing with coronavirus.
It’s a sign of the warming relationships between Israel and their Arab neighbors in the region, as political alliances shift to fight back against Iran.
Etihad is no stranger to Israel. The IDF thwarted an ISIS attack on an Etihad A380 in 2017 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
I’d love to see commercial flights between the UAE and Israel. Emirates and Etihad offer a level of service that’s offered by no airlines that fly to Israel.
Until then, there’s always the Avi Liberman method of flying to Israel on Etihad:
Do you think we’ll see commercial flights between the UAE and Israel anytime soon?
HT: Tzvi Eleff and chff