President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their joint press conference, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Leslie N. Emory)
American diplomats including White House adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien were aboard a historic flight from Israel to the UAE.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
American and Israeli diplomats boarded the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates Monday morning weeks after the historic Washington-brokered peace deal between the two countries, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The El Al flight hosted National Security adviser Robert O’Brien, top Trump aide Jared Kushner, and Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat. Designated with the Arabic, Hebrew, and English word for “peace,” the flight transported the officials for trilateral talks regarding regional security and trade.
“For far too long, the Palestinians have had a veto on peace, not only between the Palestinians and Israel, but Israel and the Arab states,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu also discussed the large contingent of Obama-era national security staffers who criticized Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East, and in particular the decision to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem. The Israeli prime minister said those critics “have been proven dead wrong.”
O”Brien pointed to the innovation and technology of Israel being combined with the capital of the UAE as a great thing for the future of the Middle East.