UPDATE: UAE Cancels Participation in Israeli Independence Day Fly-Over

It seems that Islam remains an obstacle between Israel and even its most enthusiastic Arab partner

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Abraham Accords
Israelis love their Independence Day fly-overs, and this year Arab airliners from the Gulf states will participate, demonstrating the staying power of the Abraham Accords.
Israelis love their Independence Day fly-overs, and this year Arab airliners from the Gulf states will participate, demonstrating the staying power of the Abraham Accords. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

UPDATE: The United Arab Emirates has pulled out of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

The two UAE airlines that were scheduled to take part in the traditional Independence Day fly-over issued statements that they didn’t have enough time to prepare. But senior officials confirmed that the real reason is Abu Dhabi’s displeasure with Israel over the weekend clashes at the Temple Mount.

This unfortunate turn of events highlights the Achilles’ heel of the Abraham Accords.

The UAE has been vocal in its newfound affinity for Israel, and open about the many benefits it sees in its alliance with the Jewish state. However, it is also committed to Islam, which ultimately rejects Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land.

To further understand this issue, read: Showing – the Fatal Flaw in the Abraham Accords

The original report remains unedited below.

 


 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the chorus of Arab and Muslim voices condemning Israel’s response to Palestinian violence atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this weekend.

Some might’ve thought that spelled the end of the honeymoon period between the new Abraham Accords allies. Some might’ve thought it revealed that the accords hadn’t really brought true and deep peace at all.

But then the Emiratis turned right around and agreed to participate in Israel’s Independence Day celebrations on May 5.

No doubt to the further chagrin of the Palestinians, the UAE will take part in the traditional airshow that is a highlight of Independence Day events in the Jewish state.

Following the much-beloved display of military aircraft, a series of civilian airplanes will traverse the skies of Israel. Joining planes from the Israeli commercial airlines El Al, Israir and Arkia will be two UAE aircraft from Etihad Airways and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

The planes will fly at low altitude from Acre in the north down to Ashdod for all Israelis to see.

Captain Maydan Bar, chairman of the Israel Air Line Pilots Association, released a statement reading:

“This is a flight of pilots proving that regional cooperation is feasible, not just a declaration. I wholeheartedly congratulate the pilots from the Gulf states who came to take part in our flight of peace and wish continued and ever-increasing cooperation between us.”

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