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The Abraham Accords: New Hope for the Middle East with Jason Isaacson, Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer for the American Jewish Committee (AJC)

For 25 years, Jason Isaacson, Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), worked behind the scenes, traveling regularly to Gulf capitals to bring Israel and Arab countries, former enemies, to an understanding. His efforts, as well as those of many others, came to fruition in 2020 with the Abraham Accords, a groundbreaking document with powerful implications for Middle East peace. 

On Friday evening, October 21, Israel ConnectRS will bring Jason Isaacson to Rodeph Shalom for a dynamic program entitled The Abraham Accords: New Hope for the Middle East. In dialogue with Rabbi Eli Freedman, Isaacson will give us an insider’s understanding of the fascinating history and wide-ranging ramifications of the Accords. 

Formally entitled the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel, the understanding was the first public agreement to fully normalize relations between an Arab nation, the UAE, and Israel since the 1994 pact with Jordan. The world was shocked! 

Just one month later, a similar pact was achieved between Israel and Bahrain. Morocco and Sudan soon followed suit.

The results are impressive and measurable. At the first anniversary of the Accords, Isaacson reported, “we achieved more than $675 million in bilateral trade between the UAE and Israel, hundreds of thousands of tourists, and more than 58 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding in economic cooperation, health, water and food security, climate change, science and technology, and energy.”

“The Middle East continues to face challenges—from Iranian aggression and nuclear ambition, religious extremism, poverty and inequality, and an unforgiving climate,” Isaacson observed. “It’s a familiar litany. But thanks to the Abraham Accords, (Arab and Israeli) governments committed to solving those problems have new resources and new allies. It’s our responsibility to assure they succeed.”

We hope you will join us for a Middle Eastern Shabbat dinner and Jason Isaacson’s presentation immediately following Shabbat services. This special program, which launches the Israel Speakers Series, is an initiative of Rodeph Shalom’s Israel ConnectRS.