(May 19, 2020 / JNS) The United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways announced that it will fly to Israel to deliver coronavirus aid for the Palestinians, marking the first-known direct commercial flight between the two nations.
“Etihad Airways operated a dedicated humanitarian cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on 19 May to provide medical supplies to the Palestinians,” said the airline, according to the Associated Press. “The flight had no passengers on board.”
While Israel and the UAE do not have formal diplomatic relations, it is believed that both countries maintain clandestine ties. Furthermore, both are close U.S. allies and concerned about Iranian aggression in the region.
According to the report, an Israeli official said that the plane would deliver humanitarian aid from the UAE to the Palestinians through the World Food Program. The flight was coordinated with the Israeli government.
The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have reported 391 cases of the coronavirus with two deaths.
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.