Israel welcomed a delegation of leaders and activists from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, following the success of the Abraham Accords that have normalized relations between Gulf and Muslim countries with Israel.
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined a Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday night, in what was hailed by the holy site’s chief rabbi as a “Hanukkah miracle.”
Dr. Majid al-Sarah from the University of Dubai said: “To visit Israel for the first time as part of a delegation is a historic moment. Israel is a prime example of tolerance in the region. This is a new era of peace and stability between peoples.”
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain participated in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem last night, reported the Times of Israel.
The delegation that included bloggers, academics and businesspeople is part of the Sharaka Project, an Israeli, Bahraini and Emirati initiative to cultivate ties among young people in Israel and Arab states. Sharaka is an Arabic word for “cooperation.”
Earlier on Monday, Rivlin welcomed a delegation of opinion leaders and activists from Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, greeting them both in Arabic and in Hebrew. “Peace is made between peoples and nations,” he told the delegation, led by Amit Deri of the Sharaka Project. “Your visit here is another step in the path of building warm relations between our countries.
"Quite literally the fruits of your efforts Donald Trump, Jared and Avi Berkowitz!" Trump wrote on Twitter in response to the video showing Israeli produce and Israeli flags displayed in the supermarket in the United Arab Emirates.
Opinion: A visit to UAE second city was an experience of welcome embrace; I have been to a great many encounters with academics and students around the world but have never experienced such a wave of empathy