Skip to comments.The Abraham Accord: Peace is moving slowly but surely in Middle East between Israel and her Arab neighbors
Posted on 08/29/2020 9:02:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Trump and his administration facilitated a historic, world-changing peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Abraham Accord is the first peace treaty since the Israel-Jordan treaty signed 26 years ago. This was a stroke of diplomatic genius and I applaud the hard work of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the countless others.
I remember Egyptian President Anwar El Sadats courageous visit to Israel in 1977 and the resulting peace between the two countries. I was nearly 30 at the time, and even though I had left Egypt many years earlier, I was thrilled at the fact that a week before Sadats visit to Israel, I was invited back to Egypt for the first time in many years by President Sadat himself. I looked back with pride at the country where I grew up as it formalized peace with its ancient adversary.
Peace albeit slowly is on the move in the Middle East. First Egypt in 1977, then Jordan in 1994 and now the Abraham Accord between Israel and the UAE in 2020. Israel, with the guidance and help of the United States, is emanating peace throughout the historically war-torn region.
The Abraham Accord is fittingly named. As we all know, names in the Bible have great importance because they often record characteristics of the one named, reflect relationships and reveal Gods intentions with the person. Lets talk about Abraham, father of the three monotheistic traditions and for whom the Abraham Accord was named.
Abraham was named Abram, meaning exalted father, at birth, but when God made a covenant the first covenant between God and man with him, God changed his name to Abraham, meaning father of multitude. But Abrahams name was not the only thing that changed. Joshua 24:2 tells us that Abraham grew up in a polytheistic tradition which was the ruling culture at the time. In the ancient world, people worshipped family gods, tribal gods, city gods, state gods...the idea of a single, almighty Creator was preposterous to them. It was radical.
Courageous, faithful Abraham led an ideological and theological revolution with his acceptance of the one true God. His radical and rightful practice of monotheism led to such precious things as the Christian faith and, in a roundabout way, the United States of America, which was founded on Judeo-Christian values. With the transformation of his name and the transformation of his life and worldview, Abraham became the patriarch. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). And indeed, Abraham is looked upon as father by the worlds three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
For Jews, Abrahams relationship to God represents their own relationship to Him. Abraham is the prototype and exemplar of how Jews should relate to God. Christians believe they are the spiritual descendants of Abraham who is the model of salvation by faith alone. For Muslims, Abraham is a prophet who links Adam, the first man and first prophet, to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. For all three monothesitic religions, Abraham is the father of faith, the first believer and patriarch of practitioners.
The Abrahamic Accord, like Abraham the patriarch, is shared between three nations: the Jewish state of Israel, the Muslim country of UAE and the Christian United States of America. The multitude of nations should look to the Accord as a radiant example of peace.
As Abraham totally transformed his worldview and way of life upon Gods revelation, so too the Abraham accord will transform the Middle East. UAE is the first country in the Arabian Peninsula to formalize full diplomatic relations with Israel. This is what UAE president Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan said during UAEs founding in 1971:
Israels policy of expansion and racist plans of Zionism are directed against all Arab countries, and in particular those which are rich in natural resources. No Arab country is safe from the perils of the battle with Zionism unless it plays its role and bears its responsibilities in confronting the Israeli enemy.
Look how far they have come as a nation! To grow from declaring Israel an evil empire to proclaiming it a diplomatic partner in less than 50 years is miraculous. If the UAE can make this transformation, why not other nations that have longed declared Israel an embittered enemy?
The Abraham Accord is a peace treaty signed without violence, without the white flag of surrender. The peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan both were signed after brutal battles the Six-Day War of 1967 and the perpetual state of war between Israel and Jordan after Israels establishment in 1948.
May the diplomatic genius of the Abraham Accord initiate a radical transformation of the Middle East, just as Abraham the man initiated a transformation in lifestyle and worldview for the world. Jews, Christians and Muslims look to Abraham as a patriarch and leader, a courageous, peaceful and most importantly faithful revolutionary. May all of the nations in the Middle East follow in Abraham and the UAEs example.
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People I know there are saying the “peace deal” which was a Pompeo orchestrated bribe is already failing. We’ll see.
RE: People I know there are saying the peace deal which was a Pompeo orchestrated bribe is already failing.
1. What kind if bribe was it?
2. Flights betweeb Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv have already started, where’s the failure?
*** 1. What kind if bribe was it? ***
Israel would give F-35’s to UAE for signing on to the deal. But then refused.
I worded that poorly. US F-35’s promised, but Israel put the kibosh on it.
RE: US F-35s promised, but Israel put the kibosh on it.
So, which is it the UAE want more, PEACE or the F-35?
And if this were such a big deal, why continue with commercial flights to Israel?
*** So, which is it the UAE want more, PEACE or the F-35? ***
It isn’t about Peace. It’s about isolating Iran. There are quite a few number of UAE/Israeli leaked diplomatic cables going back a decade. It is interesting to see the names, players involved from previous administrations. That is plural, administrations.
The “we don’t recognize Israel” was Kabuki Theater. No Israelis allowed, no Israeli goods, (except under the third party exception) has been around for years.
Slowly is head and sholders above anything Joe and Barak accomplished.
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