A survivor of Hamas’ military campaign against Israel expresses gratitude towards former President Donald Trump for facilitating their safe passage to a neighboring nation, thereby allowing them to evade the violence and destruction.
Yitz Friedman, a representative from the American Accountability Foundation, publicly expressed his endorsement of President Trump subsequent to his departure from Israel to the United Arab Emirates by one of the limited number of available aircraft. It is noteworthy that the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates occurred during President Trump’s tenure. According to Friedman’s statement on X, his departure would not have been feasible without the establishment of the recent alliance.
“I would like to thank President Trump. After days of fear and anxiety in Israel, I am finally on my way home to the US. Almost every airline canceled all flights, including our flight home,” Friedman wrote Tuesday.
“We [weren’t] sure what to do,” Friedman recounted. “Luckily, one [of] the few airlines still running flights is Emirates. My wife and I just flew from Tel Aviv – passing three or four armed military checkpoints to get to the airport – and are now safe in Dubai waiting for our connecting flight to the US.”
The year 2020 witnessed the establishment of diplomatic normalization between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, a significant milestone in the form of a peace deal commonly referred to as the Abraham Accords. The Muslim and Jewish nations experienced a prolonged period of limited engagement before witnessing the emergence of new partnerships in the 2010s. These collaborations were facilitated by President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who played a prominent role in the administration’s Middle East initiatives.
Kushner was present during the inaugural flights of that year, undertaking a journey from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to Abu Dhabi alongside others affiliated with the National Security Agency.
“If not for the Trump-Abraham Accords, this would be unthinkable. There would be no flights from Israel to the UAE,” Friedman wrote. “To be able to fly to a friendly Arab country when even American flights won’t dare, at a time of war, is miraculous.”
“Thanks to Trump’s efforts, thousands of American citizens have a way home from a very dangerous situation. Even as it seems the Middle East is imploding, this historic peace agreement is making things a little better,” he concluded.
I would like to thank President Trump.
After days of fear and anxiety in Israel, I am finally on my way home to the US.
Almost every airline canceled all flights, including our flight home. We we’re sure what to do.
Luckily, one if the few airlines still running flights is…
— Yitz Friedman (@friedman_yitz) October 10, 2023
Friedman’s departure from Israel presents a hopeful indication for American citizens who continue to face difficulties in returning home, while President Joe Biden has provided ineffective recommendations for them to monitor scheduled flights. During the escalation of the conflict with Hamas, major airlines have implemented temporary or indefinite suspensions of travel to and from Israel.
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