Announced on Aug. 13, the ‘normalization’ deal is the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years and was catalyzed largely by shared fears of Iran.Palestinians were dismayed by the UAE’s move, worried that it would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position that called for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory – and acceptance of Palestinian statehood – in return for normal relations with Arab countries.Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and national security adviser Robert O’Brien head the US delegation. The Israeli team is led by O’Brien’s counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat. Officials will explore bilateral cooperation in areas such as commerce and tourism, and Israeli defence envoys are due to visit the UAE separately.Israeli officials hope the two-day trip will produce a date for a Washington signing ceremony, perhaps as early as September, between Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Topics : That could give Trump a foreign policy boost ahead of his re-election bid in November. In Jerusalem on Sunday, Kushner said the deal was a “giant step forward.”The Trump administration has tried to coax other Sunni Arab countries concerned about Iran to engage with Israel. The most powerful of those, Saudi Arabia, has signalled it is not ready.But in what could presage a more relaxed posture by Riyadh, the El Al plane on Monday will be allowed to overfly Saudi territory to cut flight time.In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Kushner and his team were “scrambling to convince as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to give Trump an election boost.”They will be a prop at the backdrop of a meaningless spectacle for a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” she said. Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fly to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to put the final touches on a pact establishing open relations between the Gulf power and Israel.Even before discussions start in Abu Dhabi, the delegates will have made aviation history by taking an Israeli commercial airliner – the word “peace” printed in Arabic, English and Hebrew above a cockpit window of the El Al Boeing 737 – directly from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital over Saudi territory.”That’s what peace for peace looks like,” Netanyahu tweeted, hailing what he termed a historic flight and describing a deal for formal ties with an Arab state that does not entail handover of land that Israel captured in a 1967 war.
The homes at 44-46 Soudan Street, Bardon. Photo: Graya ConstructionA HUMBLE home on a big parcel of land in inner-city Brisbane has undergone a jawdropping transformation — making way for two luxury properties that are now the best-looking neighbours on the block.The brothers from Graya Construction have been at it again, building two stunning new houses in less than two years and selling them for a mega profit.They just sold the house at 46 Soudan St, Bardon, for $1.73 million in an off-market deal after recently finalising the sale of its sister property at No. 44 for the same price.Graya Construction bought the 810sq m block in June 2015 for $930,000 and knocked down the existing post-war house. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The brothers subdivided the allotment and built two new houses, selling both for $2.53 million more than they paid for the original site.Travertine tiling and a grand pivot door now adorn the entrance, whereas the original house was obscured by trees.The dated main bedroom of the original house now boasts a walk-in robe and luxe ensuite with dual rainshower heads and a freestanding bath.Ben Wakely and Victor Du Bois of Urban Property Agents negotiated the properties’ sales.Mr Wakely said 150 groups inspected 44 Soudan St when it was offered to the market, and one of the interested parties who missed out on that sale bought No. 46 in an off-market transaction soon after. Bardon is 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $940,000, according to CoreLogic. read more
LINCOLN, Neb. – One of the longest partnerships in all of dirt track racing continues in 2017 as Speedway Motors has renewed its support of IMCA drivers in all eight divisions.Speedway Motors continues its title sponsorship role of IMCA Weekly Racing for a milestone 10th consecutive season. The Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor traces its association with IMCA to the 1950s.America’s Oldest Speed Shop also returns as title sponsor of Super Nationals for the 22nd consecutive year: Super Nationals will be held Sept. 4-9 at Boone Speedway with an anticipated 900-plus cars and 30,000 fans in attendance.“Speedway Motors is proud to continue its longstanding sponsorship of IMCA Weekly Racing in 2017 and we’re looking forward to partnering with IMCA to make the 35th annual Super Nationals bigger and better than ever!” said Speedway Motors President Clay Smith. “Traditions such as these have been a crucial part of our 65-year racing history, and we’re excited to work with IMCA to support racers across the country and keep the sport affordable, exciting and safe for decades to come.”Now in the fifth year of its latest five-year program benefitting 200-plus tracks in the United States and Canada, Speedway Motors provides jackets, promoter and tech official shirts, discounts on tech inspection equipment, flags and signage to help those facilities defray costs of their weekly programs, plus decals, driver’s suit patches and feature winner hats.Drivers filling out and returning rookie application forms to the IMCA home office receive $100 gift cards, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following first rookie year feature wins.Seventy-three rookie winners received gift packages in 2016.Post-season awards continue to be part of the Speedway Motors program as the highest eligible finishers in Modified and Stock Car regional standings, and Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all receive a pair of Tru Coil springs.Drivers in all four divisions must fill out and return the sign-up form they receive in decal packets to become eligible for those contingencies.Speedway Motors holds its first-ever Racer Appreciation Week Feb. 6-11, with an online series of promotions, including social media spotlights, discounts and giveaways as well as virtual tours including the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed.The Speedway Motors website is www.speedwaymotors.com. More information is also available by calling 800 979-0122 and on Facebook.“There are so many layers to the Speedway Motors/IMCA partnership, it is difficult to highlight one particular area,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Whether it is benefitting IMCA sanctioned tracks, drivers at our biggest event, TruCoil spring customers, or first-year competitors, Speedway is instrumental in helping showcase the best that IMCA racing has to offer. We’re very proud to have developed a relationship that spans almost four decades.” read more