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The Tel Aviv municipality is lit up with “peace” in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Tonight we're celebrating #PeaceInTheMiddleEast!
I’m certain that the agreements with the #UAE and #Bahrain will have a positive impact on our region for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/zlMTQsgZhw
— Mayor of Tel Aviv (@MayorOfTelAviv) September 15, 2020
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ALERT — Joel Rosenberg in Vice President’s office right now. Stay tuned for upcoming interview.
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The leaders posed for historic photos and the ceremony ended.
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All three leaders sign copies of the agreements in Arabic, English and Hebrew.
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Al-Zayani: “We must work actively and urgently to bring about a lasting peace that our people deserve and a comprehensive and an enduring two-state solution will be the bedrock of that peace.”
“We have shown today that such a path is possible… we see a golden opportunity for peace in our region. Let us together, and with our, international partners, waste no time in seizing it.”
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Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the foreign minister of Bahrain: “Today is a truly historic occasion. An opportunity for hope… and in particular for the million in our younger generations.”
UPDATE: Two reported injured in rocket attacks in Israel. (1:26 p.m. ET)
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VERY IMPRESSIVE: UAE Foreign Minister @ABZayed is addressing the audience in Arabic, making the case for peace with Israel to the entire Arabic world, saying young people will especially benefit from this peace. @UAEEmbassyUS @all_arab_news pic.twitter.com/ozdbggyAvM
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) September 15, 2020
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Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan says this accord will actually help the Arab stand with the Palestinian people. The aim is to work toward stability and sustainable development for the Palestinians.
“This accord opened up prospects for a complete peace in the region.”
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Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan: “I thank Netanyahu for choosing to stop annexation of Palestinian land.”
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During ceremony in DC, red alert sirens in Ashdod and many areas in the South warning of possible rockets fired from Gaza.
BREAKING: Rockets being fired at Israel at this moment from Gaza. Hamas reaction to peace. pic.twitter.com/NRUEEplIQI
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) September 15, 2020
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Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (ABZ), brother of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed: “We are witnessing a change of heart in the Middle East, a change that will send hope through the world.”
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Netanyahu: “This is a new dawn of peace for the Jewish people.”
Thanks Pres. Trump: “You have unequivocally stood by Israel’s side. You’ve proposed a realistic vision of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
“The blessings of peace we make today will be enormous. This will eventually expand to include other Arab states and end the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all.”
“This is not only a peace between leaders, its a peace between people. Israelis Emiratis and Bahrainis are already embracing one another.”
In regard to Trump lining up more nations: “This is unimaginable a few years ago. Thank you Mr. President.”
He quotes King David in “our eternal capital of Jerusalem” from the Psalms: “May God give strength to his people. May God bless his people with peace.”
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Trump lauds the “great courage of the leaders of these three countries.”
He calls them visionary leaders and notes they will “sign the first two peace deals between Israel and an Arab state in more than a quarter century. ”
“Israel, the UAE and Bahrain will establish embassies, will exchange ambassadors,” he said. “They are friends.”
Israel will be open to Muslims to pray at the third holiest site in Islam.
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Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senior Adviser to Trump Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban are all present.
“We are being told to take our seats. The president and foreign leaders are about to emerge from the Oval Office. Event is about to begin,” Rosenberg says.
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In the White House with Pres. Trump and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (ABZ), brother of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
“We’ve been the strongest trading partner of the United States in the Middle East,” ABZ says. “We will continue doing so in all fields. This (agreement) is a clear message that more should be done. But now we can do it with even more nations.”
Trump says the Palestinians will come along, but “before we see the Palestinians we will see other countries come into this transaction. You’re gonna have peace without blood in the sand.”
“We’ve had great talks with Saudi Arabia, with the king…. His mind is open, I think he’s going to come along.”
Other countries will come along before the election, Trump promises.
But Trump thanks ABZ for taking the first step: “The first is very important. You are leading a path… Thank you for making it happen.”
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Trump says: “We are talking to the Palestinians. They will have a deal too.” But he refused to take questions about annexation.
“Does Israel feel isolated? Heck no!” Netanyahu responded to a question from a reporter. “It is joining the greatest diplomatic triumph of its history.”
He continued: I hope they will all, Iran included, will come around.
Trump agreed: “There’s less isolation right now for Israel than there’s every been.”
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanks Pres. Trump for pushing through this peace agreement during a meeting in the White House before the ceremony.
U.S. President Donald Trump promises there are “more nations to follow.”
“These are very strong agreements … The most important thing Israel is getting is peace,” Trump says. We are very far down the road with about five. Frankly we could’ve had them here today…. at least five or six countries coming through very quickly. They are tired of fighting.”
Further announcements to come, he said.
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Interview with Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women For America
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Robert Jeffress tells All Israel News, the Abraham Accord is “something only Donald Trump could’ve pulled off. He showed his great loyalty to Israel … but he also recognizes the need for peace and stability in the Middle East.”
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invites the leaders of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to come to Jerusalem, the City of Peace.
I invite you to come to Jerusalem, the City of Peace, the city where members of all religions – can worship freely.
— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) September 15, 2020
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William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, tells Joel Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of All Israel News, it is a “new tide, the new path that is breaking out of peace in the Middle East with countries all over the Arab world the Gulf states coming together and recognizing israel’s place to be as a legitimate member in the family of nations. It is a country that they want to call a friend and partner.”
The Trump approach to bringing these players in the Middle East together was “an amazing confluence of issues. And, certainly, the Iran issue has brought Israel together with the Gulf states… and this is coming into play today.”
Interview with William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
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Joel Rosenberg interviews Pastor John Hagee, founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI).
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Final preparations being made at the White House for this dramatic peace signing. Stay tuned!
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All Israel News Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg reports live from the the White House where the historic peace agreement between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain will be signed at noon EST