The captain of the UAE’s first commercial flight to Israel gave a powerful speech after the plane landed in Tel Aviv.

The first passenger plane flown by United Arab Emirates-based carrier Etihad landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Monday morning with senior tourism officials aboard.

In honor of this historic event, the captain of the UAE flight, Etihad flight EY9607, made a public statement upon landing.

Watch and listen to his powerful words!