Just in: First ever Israeli plane heads to UAE after peace talk.

Advertisements

The El Al aircraft will carry US and Israeli officials to the United Arab Emirates to cement the ‘normalisation’ deal.


High-level delegations are flying from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the first-ever commercial flight between the Middle Eastern nations to put final touches on a controversial pact establishing open relations.

Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be on board the direct flight from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Israel’s flag carrier El Al on Monday.

Flight LY971 is expected to take off at 10:30am and is set to fly over Saudi Arabia after Riyadh agreed to the Israeli request on Sunday – also a first.

The plane carrying the US and Israeli delegations to Abu Dhabi has the word “peace” written on it in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Advertisements

It is also named after Kiryat Gat, a Jewish settlement built on the remains of two ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages, Iraq al-Manshiyya and al-Faluja.

Announced on August 13, the “normalisation” deal is the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years and was catalysed largely by shared fears of Iran.

Palestinians were dismayed by the UAE’s move, worried it would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position that called for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.

‘Giant step’

Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien head the US delegation. The Israeli team is led by O’Brien’s counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat.

Advertisements

Officials will explore bilateral cooperation in areas such as commerce and tourism, and Israeli defence envoys are due to visit the UAE separately.

Israeli officials hope the two-day trip will produce a date for a Washington signing ceremony, perhaps as early as September, between Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

That could give Trump a foreign policy boost ahead of his re-election bid in November.

In Jerusalem on Sunday, Kushner called the UAE-Israel deal a “giant step forward”.

Advertisements

“To have played a role in its creation, and I say this as the grandson of two Holocaust survivors, it means more to me and to my family that I can ever express,” Kushner said.

The Trump administration has tried to coax other Arab countries concerned about Iran to engage with Israel. The most powerful of those, Saudi Arabia, has signalled that it is not ready.

But in what could presage a more relaxed posture by Riyadh, the El Al plane will be allowed to overfly Saudi territory to cut flight time.

On Sunday, Israeli TV channel Kan reported there was Israeli concern that Riyadh may revoke permission to use Saudi airspace at the last moment. If the flight is allowed, it would mark the first time an Israeli commercial plane uses Saudi territory for an overflight. There was no comment from Saudi officials.

Advertisements

‘Soon follow’
O’Brien said on Sunday more Arab and Muslim countries were likely to follow Abu Dhabi’s move.

“We believe that other Arab and Muslim countries will soon follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead and normalise relations with Israel,” O’Brien told reporters after talks at Netanyahu’s residence.

He did not name the states, but Israeli officials have publicly mentioned Oman, Bahrain and Sudan.

Recent news reports suggested Morocco may also be considering a similar agreement with Israel in exchange for military and economic aid.

Advertisements

However, Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani said last week “we refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people”.

Palestinians have condemned the UAE’s move as an abandonment of a policy of linking official relations with Israel to the achievement of Palestinian statehood in territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Kushner and his team were “scrambling to convince as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to give Trump an election boost.

“They will be a prop at the backdrop of a meaningless spectacle for a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” she said.

Advertisements

The UAE-Israel agreement hit an immediate speed bump after it was announced, as contradictory comments on the planned Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley were made.

In spite of earlier comments by the UAE and a joint statement by the three countries that indicated the annexation plan would be “suspended”, senior UAE official Omar Ghobash, has admitted his government did not “have any guarantees as such” that Israel would not annex occupied Palestinian territory in the future.

Kushner has said as part of the Israeli-UAE deal that the United States will not consent to Israeli annexation for “some time”.

Netanyahu, meanwhile, cast the annexation plan – already dogged by disagreements within his governing coalition on the proposed timing – as temporarily on hold. But Israeli officials have signalled they want approval from Israel’s main ally – the US – first.

Advertisements

Weapons sales
The Israel-UAE accord also faces another problem: a possible sale of stealth F-35 fighter jets to Abu Dhabi that could challenge the Israeli technological edge in the Middle East.

Netanyahu has denied reports the UAE deal hinges on the sale of F-35s to the Emirates, saying he opposes a move that could reduce Israel’s military advantage.

“This deal did not include Israel’s acceptance of any arms deal,” the Israeli leader said last week.

Ever since the 1960s, the US has guaranteed to maintain Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region.

Advertisements

The policy was enhanced two years ago with a law that Washington must ensure, when selling weapons to another country in the Middle East, that Israel retains the ability to defend itself if the arms were to fall into the wrong hands.

Israel has already received a first consignment of American F-35s, a fighter also coveted by other Gulf powers.

Yoel Guzansky, a senior analyst at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, told AFP there is no doubt of the importance of the F-35s.

“I absolutely think that without the F-35, the possibility of buying it, they [the Emiratis] wouldn’t sign the agreement,” said Guzansky. “This is a big hurdle to the fulfilment of the agreement.”

Advertisements

Guzansky noted before Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979, the US sold Turkey and Iran sophisticated weaponry, “and now these countries are hostile towards Israel”.

But some analysts say a deal can be struck to the satisfaction of both Israel and the UAE, and ultimately Saudi Arabia, a longtime customer of US armaments.

“Although this is not really public, from what I understand arrangements are being made that the version that the Arab country gets is not the absolute latest version,” Joshua Teitelbaum, a Gulf specialist at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University told AFP.

Economic ties
On Saturday, the UAE announced it was scrapping its economic boycott against Israel. Officials from the two countries have said they are looking at cooperation in defence, medicine, agriculture, tourism and technology.

Advertisements

Netanyahu told reporters abolishing “the anachronistic boycott” opened the door for “unbridled” trade, tourism and investment.

Statements issued by the UAE and Israel on Sunday said the UAE minister of state and Israel’s agriculture minister had spoken by phone and “pledged to collaborate on projects that address food and water security”.

The UAE, a desert state, relies on imports for about 80 percent of its food, and has heavily encouraged investment in agricultural technology and farmland abroad in recent years.

Israel and the UAE say they want to promote trade – especially the sale of Emirati oil to Israel and Israeli technology to the UAE – establish direct air links, and boost tourism.


#Newsworthy…

One thought on “Just in: First ever Israeli plane heads to UAE after peace talk.”

  1. .
             The 10th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא, from :ו to .ז.  Justice seeks to “heal” damages suffered and inflicted.  As such it learns from the ratio that exists between tefilla blessings and meditation, two similar wisdoms – both of which dedicate middot.  The former stands before a Safer Torah and dedicates unto HaShem to self actualize defined tohor middot.  Whereas the latter look for signs affixed to specific organs of the body, something similar to the תרי”ג commandments which also function as signs.  To interpret a blessing and to likewise understand signs of illness, both qualify as a skill/wisdom – a snake placed upon a pole by which Israel casts their hopes in order to become cured from a life threatening disease.
    ראה בענינו, וריבה ריבנו, וגאלנו מהרה למען שמך, כי גואל חזק אתה:  ברוך אתה ה’, גואל ישראל.

             The opening Book of דברים discerns between wisdom and wisdom – blessing or curse.  In both cases of the revelation of the Torah at Sinai and the vision of the Divine Chariot, these defining revelations both learn from the comparison the Torah makes between the story of Lot and Sodom vs. Avraham and Avi-Melech.  The former sought the wisdom of acquiring wealth whereas the latter pursued fear of heaven (meaning master of a good name) and righteousness.  The daughters of Lot instigated through deception ערוה with their father.  Avraham the prophet prayed for healing of the house of Avi-Melech and Sarah conceived children.

             The prophet ישעיהו and all other prophets taught a strong mussar of rebellion and g’lut.  Israel followed after the ways established by king Shlomo, they like Lot pursued after riches and wealth and grew to despise the merits of righteous justice and the obligation to rule the oath sworn lands based upon upholding this most essential precondition to the oath sworn brit of נעשה ונשמע.  Both Sinai and the vision of Chariot mysticism share the identical common denominator – Israel greatly feared the approach of death – manifest through the revelation of HaShem or the approaching armies of Asshur and Bavel.  Both this and that convey the dread and horror of approaching death.

             The thesis statement of דברים, the commandment to establish lateral common law Courts as expressed through the Sanhedrin which Yetro advised prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  This exceptionally strong mussar plunges straight through the heart of all the Books of the T’NaCH.  All the kings of Yechuda and Israel failed to prioritize the establishment of common law courts of law.  The kings of Yechuda did establish courts under the authority of the king, and those courts did rule over judicial disputes with righteousness. 

             Nonetheless, the post g’lut scholarship codified in the Mishna and Gemara defines lateral justice and Common Law courts that the Book of the NaCH totally fails to amplify.  Something like the lights of Hanukkah, most Yidden light lights but fail to dedicate their total commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by means of the Oral Torah logic system communicated through revelation unto the prophet Moshe at Horev 40 days after the golden calf on Yom Kippor. 
    בשעמדה מלכות יון הרשעה על עמך ישראל, להשכיחם תורתך, ולהעבירם מחקי רצונך וכו’.
    Which Torah did the Greeks seek to cause Israel to forget and abandon?  Not the Written Torah, but rather the Oral Torah sh’itta of logic.  This logic makes measured comparisons.  For example:  The two goats – dedicated on Yom Kippor – they also judge between wisdom and wisdom; the wisdom of fear of heaven vs. the wisdom of acquiring great wealth.  The vision of Will, expressed by all Yidden, in each and every generation: choose – to which does your heart aspire?   Herein defines the k’vanna of the 4th middle blessing of our Shemone Esri.

    רפאנו ה’ ונרפא, הושיענו ונושעה, כי תהלתנו אתה, ועלה רפואה שלמה לכל מכותינו, כי אל מלך רופא נאמן ורחמן אתה:  ברוך אתה ה’, רופא חולי עמו ישראל.

             Contrast the k’vanna of the 5th the Middle Blessings to that of the previous 4th blessing within the Shemone Esri prayer.  The concept of acceptance of the yoke of heaven, as expressed in the mitzva of kre’a shma – to what does it compare?  Parshat משפטים adjacent to Parshat יתרו, located in the Book of שמות, instructs on the revelation at Sinai, and its relationship to the revelation of the Mishkan unto all generations.  The Torah does not teach history lessons.  A preferred method of Torah instruction, it teaches through employment of the משל\נמשל sh’itta of learning.  The revelation of the Mishkan, as it applies to the generations of Israel – do we keep faith with the נעשה ונשמע brit or does our tuma Yatzir entice us to pursue ערוה/avoda zara.  The yoke of faith: HaShem judges all the destiny of nations.  The Israel פרט to the Goyim כלל, a specific used to define a general subject – ManKind.   Does the Cohen nation maintain faith to do avodat HaShem through dedicated tohor middot?  The mussar of the prophets within the NaCH teach the failure of Israel to walk in faith which terminates in the g’lut of Israel from off our lands.  The specific case of Cohen Israel serves to instruct how HaShem judges the nations as a whole.  This specific/general method of logic essentially defines the mussar contained within all the T’NaCH literature. 

             The Mishkan משל teaches the נמשל that nations have no real permanency.  Comparable to the frailty of human health.  The Mishkan serves as a metaphor to the generations of the Cohen nation.  When g’lut Jewry does not know how to do a mitzva לשמה, meaning doing avodat HaShem within the defined conditions of tohora; either we dedicate unto HaShem to self actualize tohor middot in or social interactions with our own people or we pursue the tuma Yatzir which entices to pursue tuma ערוה middot.  The revelation of the Mishkan, nothing remains fixed and permanent.  Life reflects the continual struggle among all generations of our path walk before HaShem.

    ברך עלינו ה’ אלהינו את השנה הזאת ואת כל מיני תבואתה לטובה, ותן ברכה על פני האדמה ושבענו מטובה, וברך שנתנו כשנים הטובות:  ברוך אתה ה’, מברך השנים.

             The k’vanna of this the 6th middle blessing of our Shemone Esri, blessings come to the Cohen nation when we reject the counsel of our tuma Yatzir and pursue after avoda zara – as expressed through the desire to extol our wisdom and the power of our hands to seize tremendous wealth.  Torah faith, the revelation of the Name, that we pursue the vision of the Sh’mita and Yovel ideal, the Torah commands that we dedicate, as holy, the dignity and freedom of our people.  The משל of the Mishkan shines no light of hope, if our people exist as slaves; our own people serving as the task masters of Par’o.

             The 2nd paragraph of the kre’a shma, what defines serving HaShem with all desire to liveand mortgage the lives of our children – both born and as of yet unborn?  To pursue the hedonism of sexual promiscuity and demand our right to abort unwanted babies?  Shall we cheat and steal in our business practices and rejoice in imposing humiliating poverty upon our employees.  The commandments adjacent to the Sinai revelation address the subject of the Hebrew slave.  This lowest common denominator of human dignity defines the minimum by which Yidden employers should treat their employees.  The boss should not eat expensive steaks while his workers eat stale bread.

             The Capitalist model to prosper, the Torah categorically commands that it not come at the expense of the employees of the business.  The boss should not sleep on a soft, cushioned mattress, while his employees sleep on a filthy floor.  Poland’s aristocracy embraced the blood libel and other abominations and evil acts of oppression by which they crushed stateless refugees who had no country they could call home.  Thereafter in the 18th century Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland.  The 3rd partition in 1795 effectively eliminated the sovereign status of Poland as a nation state.

    תקע בשופר גדול לחרותנו, ושא נס לקבץ גליותינו, וקבצנו יחד מארבע כנפות הארץ:  ברוך אתה ה’, מקבץ נדחי עמו ישראל.

             This next blessing, its k’vanna, very much resembles the previous one.  The prophets command a mussar that requires righteous judgments from the Courts and utterly despises Governments which sanction: humiliation of the weak, the poor, and the cursed and detested minority populations dwelling within the same land.

             To pursue faith with a zealous Will, depends not upon the piety of one’s dress and external passion to keep the Torah.  The zealous faithful respect the dignity of the poor and afflicted who endure hard times.  Work centers not upon an employer/employee superior/inferior status, but rather as a partnership.  This partnership learns from the Torah prohibition not to charge interest on loans, contracted among our Cohen people.

             Contrast the partnership relationship between Yaacov and his four wives with the deception and distrust between Lavan and Yaacov.  Shalom requires trust, and Yaacov did not trust Lavan.  Contrast the chariot vision of the prophet יחזקאל.  The spirits of the four hostile beasts worked together in harmony.  Rachel felt great jealousy against Leah, but in times of distress both guarded the others’ back.  The prophet describes g’lut Israel as a ‘rebellious house’.  Our people pursued personal wealth above maintaining the brit Cohen relationship among our people.  The mussar of the prophet judges ‘righteousness’ measured by our faith to respect the brit dignity of our people.  Herein defines the k’vanna of anointing the House of Aaron as Moshiach, dedicated to sanctify avodat HaShem by way of the dedication of tohor middot expressed through the self actualization of these tohor middot in how we socially interact with our family, peers, and people.

             The dedication to commit our middot to sanctify HaShem – by way of korbanot – on Zion.  The faith that HaShem lives within our hearts means nothing if we prioritize acquisition of wealth and prestige at the expense of our family, friends, and neighbors.  The blowing of the shofar calls unto the faith of dedicating our lives for our people to live in freedom and dignity as the Cohen nation.  It rejects the tuma Yatzar which promotes a mob-like grifter personality disorder, which the Sages refer to as ‘hatred without cause’.  Faith does not depend upon individual beliefs, but rather a commitment to weave the social fabric of the Cohen nation as a people to agree to pursue these great eternal middot objectives.  The tuma Yatzir by contrast causes social anarchy and chaos to explode into mob violence and promotes Civil War.

    השיבה שופטינו כבראשונה ויועצינו כבתחלה, והסר ממנו יגון ואנחה, ומלך עליענו אתה ה’ לבדך בחסד וברחמים וצדקנו במשפט:  ברוך אתה ה’, מלך אוהב צדקה ומשפט (בעשי”ת המלך המשפט)

             The month of Elul and t’shuva has come.  The term מלך, as previously mentioned, functions as a halakic pronoun to the Name of HaShem.  Self actualization of the 13 Oral Torah middot defines the k’vanna of all the תרי”ג commandments.  The mussar of this blessing judges the path walk the Cohen nation walks, or fails to walk therein.
    חבקוק א:א-ד.  המש’ אשר חזה חבקוק הנביא עד אנה ה’ שועתי, ולא תשמע?  אזעק אליך חמס, ולא תושיע?  למה תראני און, ועמל תביט?ושד וחמס לנגדי ויהי ריב ומדון ישא.  על כן תפוג תורה, ולא יצא לנצח משפט, כי רשע מכתיר את הצדיק!  על כן יצא משפט מעקל.
    ישעיה א: ח,ט.  ונותרה בת ציון כסכה בכרם, כמלונה במקשה , כעיר נצורה!  לולי ה’ צבאות הותירלנו שריד, כמעט כסדם היינו, לעמרה דמינו!
    דברים, שופטים כא: ו,ז.  וכל זקני העיר ההוא הקרבים אל החלל ירחצו את ידיהם על העגלה הערופה בנחל וענו ואמרו ידינו לא שפכו את הדם הזה ועינינו לא ראו וכו’.

             HaShem took Israel out of Egyptian bondage with a purpose.  That we, the Cohen nation, never return back to Egypt.  Par’o prized oppression and slavery of invited guests, whom he personally invited to dwell within his House.  Par’o serves as the eternal example of tyrant evil governments which have plagued mankind throughout history.  The modern day equivalent of Stalin, Hitler, the Khmer Rouge, Augusto Pinochet, Idi Amin, and many other government authorities, from democratic leaders to dictators, like them.  The common denominator of these vile sub-human apes: they pursued wealth, prestige, and power and despised dignity and justice.

             The opening Book of מלכים א, what mussar does it come to teach with its opening thesis statement of the transition from the kingdom of David to the reign of his sons.  Had the plot to install Adoniyya the son of Haggit, lead by Yo’av the son of Zeruya, and Evyatar the Cohen succeeded, would he have established the Sanhedrin Federal Court system unto the 6 Cities of Refuge?  King Shlomo failed to build the “House of Justice” which David commanded him to build.  Had the coup attempt by Avshalom, Adoniyya’s older brother, succeeded: would he have built the Sanhedrin Court system which king Shlomo erroneously confused with the construction of the first Temple?  The fatal flaw of the Davidic kingdom, starting with David himself, they confused the Mishkan for the Torah obligation priority, to build the Sanhedrin lateral common law Federal Court system.

             The vision of the Mishkan at Sinai affixes with the 6 year Hebrew slave sold for the crime of theft, as an indentured servant.  This bnai brit person stood on the social scale one rung above the despised bastard child.  The latter, the Torah commands his perpetualexclusion unto all generations, from ever joining the bnai brit Cohen community. 

             From the time the prophet יהושע lead the invasion of Canaan, the Book of Judges testifies to the judicial anarchy, the struggle to establish the Federal Sanhedrin judicial system as the “codified” legal system of the new nation.   The repeated reference to “king”, as found in that Book of שופטים, makes רמז to the Sanhedrin Federal common law Courts.  The mussar by which Yitro rebuked Moshe, permanently established this pre-condition, as the indispensable essence, which eternally defines and restricts the whole Torah revelation at both Sinai and Horev.  Justice absolutely defines doing mitzvot לשמה.

             The k’vanna of this the eighth middle blessing of our Shemone Esri focuses upon the ‘bulls eye’, to establish the rule of lateral common law courts.  All the kings of the house of David, failed to build this sacred House, that David directly commanded his son to build.  Post Second Temple g’lut Torah scholarship, known as the Talmud, placed the Sanhedrin, Court of Hewn Stone, as the most holy essential component of the construction of the Temple itself.  Herod despised the Sanhedrin courts and murdered almost all of its judges.  The avoda zara practiced by Herod and all the kings of David, the confused a building made of wood and stone with the דאורייתא commandment to rule the land with righteous justice.

             The mitzva of shabbot makes the definitive רמז to justice.  A land ruled with injustice can not share shalom among its brit allies and citizens.
    שמות לא:  ואתה דבר אל בני ישראל לאמר אך את שבתתי תשמרו כי אות הוא ביני וביניכם לדרתיכם לדעת כי אני ה’ מקדשכם ושמרתם את השבת כי קדש הוא לכם מחלליה מות יומת כי כל העשה בה מלאכה ונכרתה הנפש ההוא מקרב עמיה ששת ימים יעשה מלאכה וביום השביעי שבת שבתון קדש לה’ כל העשה מלאכה ביום השבת מות יומת ושמרו בני ישראל את השבת לעשות את השבת לדרתם ברית עולם ביני ובין בני ישראל אות הוא לעלם כי ששת ימים עשה ה’ את השמים ואת הארץ וביום השביעי שבת וינפש.
    שופטים א:ז.  ויאמר אדני-בזק, שבעים מלכים בהנות ידיהם ורגליהם מקצצים, היו מלקטים תחת שלחני כאשר עשיתי כן שלם לי אלהים.  ויביאהו ירושלם וימת שם.

             Parshat נשא compares to cases
    במדבר ה: ו,ז: יעשו מכל חטאת האדם למעל מעל בה’ ואשמה הנפש ההוא והתודו את חטאתם אשר עשו והשיב את אשמו תראשו וחמישתו יסף יליו ונתן לאשר אשם לו … כנגד  ה:יד.  ועבר עליו רוח קנאה וקנא את אשתו והוא נטמאה או עבר עליו רוח קנאה וקנא את אשתו והיא לא נטמאה.

             In both cases an offering the Torah mandates.  But which has priority the restitution of damages or the offering given to the Cohen?  The comparison of these two case studies clearly proves that restitution for damages has priority over a korban sacrifice given to a Cohen.  The latter case represents a Capital Crimes case adjudicated by no less than a small Sanhedrin court of 23 judges with the Cohen as the head of that Federal Court.  Likewise the vow made by the nazir, the obligation to complete the full term of the vow takes priority over the offering of korbanot.  This fundamental distinction of priority in matters of doing justice and dedication of korbanot served as the stubbling block which profaned the Moshiach anointing of the House of Shaul.  The dedication of the altar by the 12 tribes, starting with Yechuda, sanctifies this most essential priority of distinction.

             This critical distinction of priority of importance likewise defines the k’vanna of the Torah commandment to made by the people to establish a king as the head of the government.  The language of the Torah permits all Israel to rule as king.  It only excludes the establishment of foreign born rulers over the nation.  The current Constitution of the United States likewise makes this stipulation.  The stipulation placed upon anointing a king, that that governor not behave in the manner of Par’o:
    ולא ישיב את העם מצרימה, למען הרבות סוס וה’ אמר לכם לא תספון לשוב בדרך הזה עוד.
             When Rehav’am traveled to Sh’Cem to accept the crown as the new king of the house of David, the major complaint of the people, the harsh and heavy yoke king Shlomo placed upon the people.  The Torah king commandment has a primary and secondary set of priorities.  The establishment of a standing army with a large calvery exists as a secondary matter to that of not treading upon the freedoms and dignity of the nation.  Par’o enslaved Israel, and the avoda zara crime committed by king Shlomo – he too enslaved his people.

Comments are closed.