New York, NY; August 13, 2020 - The Union for Reform Judaism praises the announcement of an historic peace deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It is our sincere hope that this diplomatic breakthrough, known as the “Abraham Accords,” will lead other countries in the region to follow suit and will provide an opportunity for Israel and its Palestinian neighbors to return to the negotiating table. We congratulate the Israeli, UAE, and U.S. leaders whose initiative and commitment to future generations has today borne fruit.
We also welcome the news that a key element of the agreement is Israel’s suspension of plans for annexation. Annexation was and remains a threat to the prospects for peace, to Israel’s safety and security, to the preservation of Israel’s democratic character, and to the place of Israel among the nations of the world.
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