On September 15, 2020, President Donald Trump held a White House ceremony to commemorate the signing of the Abraham Accords. The Abraham Accords are a set of agreements by which Israel entered into normal diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Since the State of Israel was founded in 1948, Arab nations have generally supported Palestinian Arabs in their ongoing conflict with Israel. Due to their support for a Palestinian state, most Arab nations have declined to formally recognize the existence of the State of Israel or to establish diplomatic relations with it. The Abraham Accords are significant because they break from this decades-long pattern of non-recognition of Israel by Arab nations. According to Politico and other sources, Arab nations have begun to warm up to Israel in recent years due to mutual concern over the threat posed by Iran.
The President has “acknowledged that his administration’s brokering of normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states was part of a broader diplomatic effort to pressure the Palestinians into negotiating a peace deal,” and has asserted that the U.S. is discussing similar normalization agreements between Israel and other Arab nations.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds the signing of the Abraham Accords. We hope and pray that other Arab nations will formally recognize Israel and that a durable peace may be brought about in the Middle East.