The United Arab Emirates flew their first publicly announced flight to Israel on Tuesday when Etihad Airways sent medical supplies to help the Palestinians cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
With the exception of Jordan and Egypt, the Arab countries have no official relations with Israel, but the Arab Gulf States such as the United Arab Emirates and the Jewish state have recently warmed relations because of shared concerns about Iran.
"Etihad Airways carried out a special humanitarian cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on May 19 to provide medical care to the Palestinians," said an Etihad spokesman. "The flight had no passengers on board."
The UAE official news agency, WAM, said the flight included delivery of 14 tons of urgent medical care that "will support efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Occupied Palestinian Territory."
WAM added: "The aid includes personal protective equipment, PPE and medical equipment. In particular, it includes 10 ventilators that are urgently needed."
Israel controls access to the Palestinian Territories.
The delivery of Etihad has been described as part of a wider humanitarian effort.
"Etihad Airways continues to operate many humanitarian flights that provide urgent help to nations within its network and beyond."
The Arab countries have called for an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in order to normalize relations with the Jewish state.
The Arab League frequently condemns Jewish settlement development in the occupied West Bank and Israeli policies towards the Gaza Strip.
However, the Arab Gulf States have shown signs of rapprochement with Israel.
For example, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018. Other steps include allowing Israeli athletes and officials to increasingly visit the Gulf States.
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