Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, on the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel peace agreement: ‘The status quo in the Middle East is changing’

JERUSALEM — With the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel planned for a formal signing ceremony at the White House today, Yael Eckstein issues the following statement:

“Sometimes in history God blesses his people with miracles, from the parting of the Red Sea to the reestablishment of the modern state of Israel. Today is also a miracle — a miracle of peace. It’s been over two decades since the nation of Israel last entered into a peace agreement with another Middle Eastern country. Israel has often extended its hand for peace. Now that hand has been grasped twice in 29 days thanks to courageous leaders willing to take risks in order to realize a lasting peace. The upcoming ceremony with the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates is beyond important. It is historic.

“What has unfolded over just the course of a month challenges all of the common assumptions about how to achieve peace in the Middle East. The status quo in the Middle East is changing. What we were often told was impossible is now becoming a reality: Peace is a choice. I am grateful for the leaders of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the United States for their tireless efforts in pursuit of peace. I’m grateful to all of the faithful Fellowship supporters who ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ each and every day. Make no mistake: this is in part an answer to your prayers and the thousands like them.”

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