Opinion: The Abraham Accords are rooted in community unity, not common enemies

It is with the greatest pleasure and satisfaction that I finally make my maiden voyage to Israel, which I have long hoped for. As I prepare to meet fellow parliamentarians, think tank researchers, academics and community leaders, this trip is about building a union for humanity through friendship, not unity against a common enemy. .

As 18 months have passed since the historic announcement of the Abraham Accords peace accord, it is important to remember why it comes to life. While critics continue to suggest that this is an agreement based on military and defense priorities, it is in fact designed to bring peace not just to its signatories but to the wider region and, to his turn, to the world.

Far beyond military and defense objectives, the agreements have already seen great progress, from collaborations in the fight against the pandemic to university partnerships, cultural exchanges and educational programs.

It’s time to take the narrative beyond the headlines and dig deeper; instead of focusing on demonizing one of the major powers in the region, we must unite on the basis of our common humanity. In the United Arab Emirates, where nearly 200 nationalities live and work in peace and harmony, we wanted to extend this philosophy, a key tenet of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to the wider region. .

I am now delighted to meet with my fellow parliamentarians in the Knesset and to leverage the key role we have in regional and global diplomacy, well beyond the boundaries of national borders and domestic politics. The real diplomacy is in the people-to-people interactions of our young people in the United Arab Emirates who welcome their new friends from the region with open arms. The youth of this region must be our priority for all, wherever we are.

We all have a role to play, big or small, in our families, communities, schools, sports organizations, mosques and workplaces. I come to Israel to embrace our brothers, as friends and family on a common path with a unified purpose.

Dr Ali Al Nuaimi (right), Chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior and External Relations Committee of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, speaks at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem, alongside Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan, February 7, 2022. (Courtesy)

This is a visit to further cultivate working together and promote peace, to do more with regard to our relations between our two nations and our peoples, to discuss initiatives that help combat extremism and hatred, to cultivate coexistence. This means not only meeting counterparts in the Knesset and ministries, but also the real influencers of our time in think tanks, the behind-the-scenes peacekeepers who can safeguard a common future.

The Abraham Accords are here to stay and there is no turning back. They are there to benefit the whole region, especially Israel, regardless of race or religion. The agreements are a bridge to a future where we find common solutions, not divisive wars. Those who oppose this mighty peace accord will challenge the Abraham Accords at the slightest challenge, but believe me when I say we are not so easily shaken. We do not link this commitment to any other issues on which we might disagree. As in any family, any relationship, disagreement is normal, and I repeat: it will not affect the treaty.

Our relationship is not limited to security and conflict issues in the region. In fact, the UAE has for many years been home to a Jewish community from all over the world, home to some of the brightest minds in business and academia who called the country home long before the peace accords. ‘Abraham does take effect. flight. We have for many years hosted delegations from the American Jewish Committee who have become long-time partners in this process. Progress between the UAE and Israel has progressed at an unprecedented rate in the region, with a series of tangible results in areas ranging from energy to agriculture, from artificial intelligence to sports.

It’s a relationship that will be government-to-government, private-sector-to-private, and most importantly, person-to-person. It is not security that will attract and engage the public; it is in ways that affect people’s daily lives – those that touch hearts.

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