Conference of Presidents Welcomes Historic Abraham Accord

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the announcement today by President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and​ Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, which initiates the full normalization of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Abraham Accord, as it is being called, is the most significant diplomatic development in the Middle East since the 1994 peace agreement between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In taking this historic step, the UAE is paving the way for additional Arab and Muslim states to normalize their ties with Israel, which can help transform the region and enhance the prospects for a true and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This agreement is a bulwark against the forces of extremism and radicalism in the region.

We salute the American, Israeli, and Emirati diplomatic corps for their tireless efforts to make this agreement a reality. We look forward to seeing the exchange of ambassadors and embassies between Israel and the UAE in the coming days, as well as the numerous bilateral agreements on various issues that are to be signed by the two countries."

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