The American Jewish Congress celebrates the announcement of the Abraham Accord, a historic agreement brokered by the United States between Israel and the United Arab Emirates for full normalization of relations between the two countries. 

We congratulate President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for this monumental step towards peace. We salute the American, Israeli, and Emirati diplomats involved, and particularly Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, that succeeded in materializing this agreement.

The American Jewish Congress has engaged with Arab leaders for decades, trying to promote a culture of cooperation and helping facilitate constructive dialogue. We have always believed that there is only one way to bring positive change to the Middle East – through dialogue and diplomacy. We look forward to the next steps towards the full establishment of bilateral relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The road to peace is delicate and needs determined leadership and vision. Fostering a climate of collaboration is not easy and requires difficult decisions. However, as we always say, peace is worth all the efforts.

We are witnessing an epochal change of attitudes. It is our hope that this will open a new chapter of peace and prosperity in the Middle East and pave the way for further agreements and developments towards long-term peace.

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