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Which US and Israeli officials traveled on El Al flight 971 to the UAE?

UPDATED: Here is the list of diplomats. Kosher food was served.

U.S. and Israeli teams boarding El Al 971 on Monday morning in Tel Aviv, headed to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem)

JERUSALEM, Aug. 31, 2020 -- Who exactly was on the first-ever Israeli commercial flight to the United Arab Emirates?

Israel Hayom reported that the plane will be a Boeing 737-900, and that Kosher food would be served on board.

Culling through a range of photos and sources, and most helpfully a story in The Times of Israel on Monday, here is the list of the U.S. and Israeli government officials.


  • President Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner
  • National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien
  • Special Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz
  • Special Representative for Iran Policy Brian Hook
  • National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat
  • Prime Minister's Office Director General Ronen Peretz
  • Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Ushpiz
  • Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman
  • Health Ministry Director General Prof. Chezy Levy
  • Science and Technology Ministry Director General Shai-Li Spiegelman
  • Economy and Industry Ministry Director General David Laffler
  • Population and Immigration Authority Director General Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef
  • Regional Cooperation Ministry Director General Yosef Drazhnin
  • National Cyber Directorate head Yigal Unna
  • Chief Scientist and Innovation Authority head Dr. Amiram Applebaum
  • Civil Aviation Authority Director Yoel Feldasho
  • Bank of Israel Supervisor of Banks Yair Avidan
  • Finance Ministry Chief Economist Shira Greenberg
  • Tourism Ministry Deputy Director General Pini Shani
  • Culture and Sports Ministry Culture Authority head Galit Wahabe Shasho.
In addition, numerous Israeli and U.S. reporters were on the flight.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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