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First commercial Emirati flight lands; Netanyahu hails a ‘new era’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed the first commercial flight to Israel by the United Arab Emirates’ state-owned flydubai airline at Ben Gurion Airport.

“This is a moment of history because it is the first commercial flight between Dubai and Israel,” he said shortly after flight number FZ1163 had landed in Tel Aviv.

“There will be many more, going both directions. But you can only be first once,” he said at a welcoming ceremony in the arrival hall. “And this is a pivotal moment, because we’re changing history. It’s not that we’re marching forward, we’re flying, with breakneck speed, into a new era that is now clearly changing the Middle East.”

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He added: “For me, it’s the realization of a dream.”

Responding to a reporter’s questions about when Israelis will be able to fly to Saudi Arabia, the prime minister noted that Israeli airlines were already........

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