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After facing widespread public criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is backtracking on his decision to fly with his family on a private jet to the signing ceremony of the Israel-UAE normalization agreement next week at the White House.

Why it matters: Netanyahu’s office tried to hide the fact he is planning to travel on a private jet, but when the story broke yesterday in the Israeli press Netanyahu was attacked for being indifferent to the economic and health crisis in Israel.

What they are saying: Netanyahu’s office issued a statement blaming the Israeli media for trying to “divert public attention away from the historic peace deal with the UAE."

  • Netanyahu’s office said he will now fly on a bigger plane with stricter social distancing to keep him safe from COVID-19 infection.

What’s next: Netanyahu and his wife and two kids will now fly to the U.S. on Sunday aboard a chartered EL AL Boeing 777 with the whole Israeli delegation.

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Sudan and Israel announced today that they will “end the state of belligerence” between them and start the process of normalizing ties.

Driving the news: The announcement came after a phone call hosted by President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and the head of Sudan's governing council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

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Why it matters: This is another blow to the Palestinian leadership — the third such announcement from an Arab country in two months despite Palestinian objections.

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