How the U.S. Embassy Move Led to the Abrahamic Accord

How the U.S. Embassy Move Led to the Abrahamic Accord

As today’s headlines continue to unfold, a substantial shift has been taking place in the Middle East as multiple Arab nations have pledged their commitment to peaceful relations with Israel.

On Tuesday afternoon, both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed peace agreements with Israel at a ceremony hosted at the White House, collectively known as the Abrahamic Accord. It is believed that several other Arab nations will be soon to follow.

These significant developments have not taken place in a vacuum. Rather, hearkening back to December of 2016, the decision by the White House to move the U.S. Embassy into Jerusalem, from its prior location in Tel Aviv, played a significant role as a catalyst for these international moves toward peace. As the United States set the tone, other nations have followed in establishing alliances with Israel.

Despite sharp criticism against his viewpoint, Bishop Robert Stearns at the time of the original White House announcement in 2016 was invited to write an op-ed piece in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/12/27/should-the-us-embassy-be-moved-from-tel-aviv-to-jerusalem/moving-the-embassy-to-jerusalem-shows-that-the-us-is-committed-to-peace), indicating that this action by the United States demonstrated a commitment to principled leadership in the region. That commentary has proven true as now we see nations following suit to help move towards a new period of peace in the Middle East.

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