ADL Marks “Historic Day” of Signing of Israel-UAE/Bahrain Agreement

New York, September 15, 2020 … ADL (Anti-Defamation League) today celebrated the historic signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain that usher in a new era of open and normalized relations between the Jewish state and these nations.  

“In the midst of health, economic, environmental and political crises, we pause and celebrate the enormity of this historic moment of normalization between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.  “The deeply entrenched acrimony of the Israeli-Arab conflict made the thought of leaders of these three nations, standing publicly, alongside each other on the White House lawn, inconceivable and yet here we are.” 

ADL applauds and thanks the leadership of the U.S., Israel, the UAE and Bahrain for making this day possible.  ADL also extends our appreciation to the courage and leadership of Egypt and Jordan for their groundbreaking peace with Israel so many decades ago, setting the groundwork for today’s historic breakthrough, and hoping other neighboring states follow in their examples of outreach and peacemaking.

"The rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli cities during today’s historic event, which injured a number of people, are an unfortunate reminder of the ongoing challenges facing Israel from violent entities seeking its destruction and opposing any peace efforts between Israel and Arab nations,” Greenblatt said. “Indeed, much work remains towards achieving a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace, including a mutually negotiated two-state Israeli-Palestinian agreement. We hope to soon see a Middle East that broadly reflects today’s agreement rooted in security, stability, prosperity and dignity for all in the region.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.