Israel, UAE Agreement May Herald a New Era of Peace

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) Ronald S. Lauder - The agreement between the UAE and Israel is the beginning of regionwide peace. It is a catalyst for more countries in the Middle East to actually envision a better future for their children. During my visits to universities, cultural sites and souqs in the UAE, Bahrain and other nations, I have seen a people quite open and eager to engage the world. I was deeply impressed with their tolerance toward other religions. The agreement is called the Abraham Accord because of the obvious connection the two religions share with the Prophet Abraham. Together, the descendants of Abraham can make not just their countries but the entire world a better place. I often like to remind my Jewish and Muslim friends in Israel, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East that we are cousins. Peace between us is possible. Friendship between us is possible. But it takes courage to take that first, difficult step. The writer is president of the World Jewish Congress.

2020-08-17 00:00:00

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