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Netanyahu cancels UAE trip over disagreement with Jordan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was forced to postpone today's trip to the United Arab Emirates when Jordan dragged its feet on approval to cross its skies.
This picture taken on December 16, 2020 shows a view above Israel from the window of a plane aboard a flydubai flight from Ben Gurion International Airport to Dubai upon departure. - The first flydubai aircraft landed in Dubai from Tel Aviv on November 26, inaugurating commercial flights between the two cities following the normalisation of ties between the UAE and Israel. The United Arab Emirates in September signed a landmark US-brokered deal to formalise relations with Israel, the first such agreement by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled his trip to the United Arab Emirates this morning shortly before he was due to depart. Israeli officials first said there were two reasons for postponing the trip — the prime minister’s wife Sara's hospitalization yesterday with appendicitis and Jordan’s delay in approving Netanyahu’s flight path over Jordanian skies en route to Abu Dhabi.

A statement from Netanyahu's office mentioned only the second reason, saying Amman was retaliating for the cancelation yesterday of a visit by Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah to Al-Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount.

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