When the rulers of the Gulf monarchies decided to make peace with Israel, many people went along and changed their feelings toward the Jewish state seemingly overnight. But for others, 70 years of anti-Israel indoctrination have proved harder to overcome.
That’s where people like Loay al-Shareef come in.
Al-Shareef is a Bahrain-based journalist and peace activist who has taken it upon himself to educate those who are still not onboard with the Abraham Accords.
“For 70 years there was propaganda against Israel, against the Jewish people. Now that things are moving toward peace, some people remain reluctant,” he said in an interview with Israel’s Arutz 7 in Dubai. “I encourage people to learn more facts about Israel and about the Jews.”
“God created us to live in peace, harmony and prosperity,” stressed al-Shareef, telling Israelis that they should view the UAE in particular as “their second home.”
Perhaps most surprising was al-Shareef’s affirmation of 3,000 years of Jewish history in the Land of Israel, a seeming repudiation of the Palestinian narrative that denies that history.
Will this new peace movement be about more than merely mutually beneficial business deals and defense accords? Will it in fact be based upon the long-awaited Arab acceptance of Israel’s historic place in this region? If people like Loay al-Shareef have anything to do with it, then that answer is a resounding “Yes.”