The first direct El-Al flight to Morocco departed from Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, the latest phase in the implementation of the Abraham Accords.
A delegation of US and Israeli officials headed by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Israel’s National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat traveled to Rabat to advance the Israel-Morocco peace accord, about two weeks after Israel and Morocco formally announced the establishment of full ties.
The delegation will meet with the King of Morocco Mohammed VI and senior Moroccon officials and will sign a series of agreements.
The historic EL AL flight is numbered LY555, an intimation to the Hamsa, palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and in the Maghreb, a protective talisman that is believed to bring good fortune, health and happiness.
“The plane was specially decorated to reflect Israel and Morocco’s shared cultural tradition,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry explained.
The word peace in Hebrew, Arabic and English was written on its fuselage.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Monday during a meeting with Kushner that the flight is “a groundbreaking visit that will expedite the normalization of relations between Israel and Morocco.”
“There will be more to come. I believe many more if we pursue these policies,” he said of the series of peace accords Israel signed with several Arab countries in recent months.
Morocco was the fourth country to announce the establishment of full relations with Israel in the past five months.
The United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain shortly after it, announced in August the normalization of relations with Israel.
The Abraham Accords were signed between the three countries on September 15 on the White House lawns.
Sudan was next to announce the normalization of relations with Israel in October, Israel’s third peace treaty in two months.
The Abraham Accords, the first pact between an Arab country and Israel in 25 years, is expected to lead to similar agreements with other Arab countries, possibly Oman or Saudi Arabia.
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