Jewish organizations praise the signing of the Abraham Accords

US President Donald Trump speaks as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani listen before the signing of the Abraham Accords. South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, Septem (photo credit: REUTERS/TOM BRENNER)
US President Donald Trump speaks as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani listen before the signing of the Abraham Accords. South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, Septem
(photo credit: REUTERS/TOM BRENNER)
Major Jewish organizations on Tuesday praised the signing of the Abraham Accords. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement that this is a historic event in the advancement of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. “We applaud the leadership of the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain for achieving this momentous agreement.”
“Today’s ceremony sends a clear message that it’s a new era for Israeli-Arab relations,” AIPAC’s statement reads. Peace in the region is possible through diplomacy, mutual recognition and negotiation. We hope other nations in the Middle East and the Palestinian leadership will follow this inspiring example to bring conflicts in the region to an end and promote prosperity and cooperation.”

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish organizations said in a statement that these landmark understandings represent a realignment, a paradigm shift wherein peace is prioritized over conflict. “In becoming the third and fourth Arab countries to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel, the UAE and Bahrain lead the way for others to follow,” the statement reads. “Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed of the UAE and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain are to be commended for having the courage to recognize Israel's legitimacy as a sovereign state. The leadership of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought us to this moment, and we applaud them and the representatives from the four countries, in Washington and their home countries, for their extraordinary efforts.”
Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, said: “All those who played a role in crafting the accord: Israeli, Bahraini, Emirati, and American officials and leaders alike, are to be congratulated for preferencing a peaceful future over a hostile past. We commend President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu for prioritizing efforts to expand the list of Israel’s regional partners, committing the necessary resources and time to make today’s agreement possible.”
The Orthodox Union issued a statement as well, saying the organization looks forward “to a time in the near future, G-d willing, when other nations in the region follow suit and come forward in the spirit of friendship and join with Israel to complete a mosaic of peace across the Middle East.”
The Israeli American Council (IAC) commended Israel, UAE and Bahrain “for their courage and commitment towards launching bilateral relations and for accelerating the winds of change in the region.”
“This is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of the United States, Israel, and both Gulf states in striving to create a more peaceful Middle East. We are thankful for the leadership of President Trump and the U.S. administration in brokering these historic agreements,” IAC said in a statement.
Levi Shemtov, the Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch in Washington DC, who met the King of Bahrain in 2010, told the Jerusalem Post that “there's a certain aspiration of the children of Abraham to live without conflict and even in mutual cooperation.”
“There's more than just an accord,” Rabbi Shemtov told the Post. “This is a promise and an aspiration which will bring the region and hopefully more of the world to a more peaceful future, not even through the cessation of conflict, but through a new direction together.”
“I'm not a politician and I'm not a diplomat. But I know one thing. If each side will see the advantages to the other, everything will work out much better,” he added.
In addition, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) commended the agreement as well. “The historic agreements signed today show that peace is on the march and the so-called Arab- Israeli conflict is increasingly an anachronism," CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee, said in a statement. "Israel is strong and flourishing, and the Arab world is coming to see the Jewish state not as a foe, but as an ally against Iran and a partner for peace and prosperity. It is my sincere hope and prayer that other Arab nations will follow the UAE and Bahrain’s lead and that the Palestinian leadership in particular will accept that peace with Israel is the only path forward,” Hagee added.



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