The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed that his historic planned visit to the United Arab Emirates has been canceled because Jordan delayed approving his flight path over the Hashemite kingdom.
“Netanyahu’s visit was postponed due to difficulties in coordinating his flight in Jordanian airspace. These difficulties apparently stemmed from the cancellation of the Jordanian Crown Prince’s visit to the Temple Mount due to a disagreement over security procedures at the site,” the PMO said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“Jordan recently announced that it would allow the prime minister’s flight to use Jordanian airspace but since the announcement was received late, the prime minister and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed agreed to coordinate on another date for the prime minister’s visit,” the statement said.
Earlier local media reported that Netanyahu had canceled his trip to the UAE due to his wife’s illness.
First Lady Sara Netanyahu was hospitalized with an appendix infection the night before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first historic official visit to the UAE, media reported in the early hours of Thursday.
According to the Times of Israel, Sara Netanyahu was taken to hospital after feeling unwell and may have to spend a few days at the medical facility.
The UAE and Israel struck a US-brokered deal, officially known as the Abraham Accords, to normalize their relationships in August and ratified it in October. The UAE agreed to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, while Israel said it would establish a diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi.