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An Etihad A380 shortly after take-off from London's Heathrow Airport

History was made Wednesday as the crew from United Arab Emirates’ national carrier, Etihad Airlines, flew over Israel with full authorization, Israel’s Kan News public broadcaster reported.

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“Captain, we are thrilled and honored to welcome you to overfly Israel,” traffic air control told the pilot. “This is an historic moment we have been waiting for. We hope it will inspire the entire region and mount the beginning of a new era, inshallah.”

The UAE crew responded with a similar message.

“Inshallah. Thank you, the honor is ours. We are proud and happy to have this relationship as well, and to work with all of your guides, and to maintain peace and prosperity in the region. “

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.