Press Release: CIJA Welcomes the Normalization of Relations between Israel and UAE

Aug 13, 2020 | Press Releases


August 13, 2020

OTTAWA, ON – Today the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to the full normalization of relations between the two countries. Delegates from Israel and the UAE will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements and establish reciprocal embassies.

Under the agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the American “Vision for Peace” plan and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.

In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following: 

“Today’s historic diplomatic achievement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a reflection of Israel’s strong desire for peace and evidence of the value that Arab states in the region attach to a strong relationship with Israel. Since its founding, Israel has seized every opportunity to make peace with its Arab neighbours, including Egypt and Jordan.

“Canada and the international community should take note that today’s peace agreement was achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, and reaffirm dialogue and direct talks as the only path towards peace in the region.

“We hope that today’s normalization agreement opens the door to additional peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, leading to greater stability, security and prosperity for all.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, including UJA Federation of Greater Toronto


Additional Information:

  • US State Department: Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East
  • Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal

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