The headline was taken from a comment made at a special event marking the anniversary of the Abraham Accords with the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and the United States and with the participation of 70 UN Ambassadors from around the world, hosted by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan.
Ambassador Erdan: “The moderate countries in the Middle East must unite to face the common challenges and form a regional alliance against Iran. We can share intelligence to thwart terrorist attacks and our Iron Dome can protect the Gulf states and maybe even Saudi Arabia.”
The event, which took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York was addressed by the five ambassadors and also attended by senior members of Jewish organizations in the United States.
Ambassador Erdan said at the event: “Today we are celebrating these important agreements and the critical role that the United States has played, and continues to play in their success, for which we are very grateful. The fact that the agreements have received bipartisan support in the United States shows how important these agreements are. I believe we will soon see other countries in the region will see the fruits of our peace and they will join the peace circle. Perhaps even the Palestinians, who see the benefits of peace and prosperity it brings, will finally see these agreements as an opportunity rather than a threat.”
Ambassador Erdan added: “The moderate countries in the Middle East must unite to meet our common challenges, such as the fight against climate change, and form a regional alliance to deal with the common threats, led by Iran. Such an alliance will lead to cooperation in defense capabilities and intelligence. Imagine Israeli air defense systems like the Iron Dome protecting the airspace of our new partners in the Gulf. Maybe one day even on Saudi Arabia?”
UAE Ambassador to the United Nations Lana Nusseibeh: “We have just begun to explore the opportunities that these agreements have in our wider region. Of course, as the world continues to recover from the epidemic, the ties between all our countries will continue to deepen and grow in ways that benefit not only the people of our countries but the entire Middle East.”
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield added: “Obviously we want to build on that model and replicate that success. It is important for me to clarify; the United States is committed to expanding and strengthening these agreements but at the same time we will continue to promote the two-state solution. Peace breeds peace and friendship leads to relationships. We hope that normalization will create momentum for talks between Israel and the Palestinians.”