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Statement of Richard D. Heideman, President of The American Zionist Movement (AZM) on the Israel, UAE and Bahrain Signing Ceremony

Today is a day of historic breakthrough for Israel and her relations with not only the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who have signed agreements today at the White House, but for the future of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People with all people.

“Shalom” indeed means peace; and it is peace for which we all yearn.  For generations, we have prayed for the “peace of Jerusalem”.  Today brings us closer to that reality.

As President of the American Zionist Movement I previously welcomed the announcement by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, and today I also welcome the announcement by the President, Prime Minister and King Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain of the Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Today we are witnessing another significant achievement on the road to Middle East peace and an important step towards establishing a better day for Israel and all her Arab neighbors.  We hope that the day will come when the Palestinian Authority itself will be prepared to achieve a permanent peace with the State of Israel, for the benefit of all people in the region.

We applaud President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Crown Prince bin Zayed of the UAE and King Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain for taking the steps to not only dream but to achieve true peace between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, we pray that all people will be safe and secure with their families to celebrate the coming New Year.