Former Lawmaker Looks Forward to Historic Israel Peace Signings at White House

A former Democratic New York lawmaker said hes looking forward to watching in person as the historic peace accords are signed at the White House on Tuesday.

“It is a great moment to be part of this event at the White House,” Dov Hikind, a former assemblyman, told NTD News, a sister media to The Epoch Times, before flying to Washington.

“All of my life, you know, everyone has talked about peace in the Middle East, trying to bring nations in the Middle East closer together. And finally, some real concrete things are happening,” he added.

Normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Israel and Bahrain, are being signed at the White House around noon.

The impact of the deals have already been dramatic. Direct flights from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi started last month. And the two countries immediately began cooperating on work on a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine.

Hikind said he knows Israelis who are in the UAE right now, staying in hotels that are serving Kosher food.

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President Donald Trump greets the Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa at the White House in Washington, Sept. 15, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

“This is huge, its unbelievable,” he said. “And Im very, very excited to be at the White House” to take part in “a truly historic event.”

“This is real history being made by Donald Trump by his administration, and all the other people that were involved in bringing this together,” he added.

Asked to expand on the why the deals are so large, Hikind noted that the countries previously had no trade or cultural exchange, or other relations, with Israel.

“And suddenly, you have a breakthrough with the United Arab Emirates, and now with another nation, and Saudi Arabia has given the okay for Israeli planes to fly to fly over its territory—this is what everybody waits for,” he said.

“Thats why theres a Nobel Prize for someone who makes peace in the world. because it is recognized as one of the great things you can accomplish, when you, when you bring nations together, you set an example. And you hope that others will follow as well.”

Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Israel-UAE deal.

Everyone will benefit from normalization between Israel and other countries, Hikind said.

He also said the deals were one of many things Trump has accomplished in his first term, and highlighted Trumps position on Israel.

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A man rides a scooter near the flags of the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Bahrain as they flutter along a road in Netanya, Israel on Sept. 14, 2020. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

“Theres never been a president of the united states that is showing more friendship to the people of Israel,” Hikind said.

“That has been a great friend of the people. Israel and the people of Israel know this, whether youre on the left, centeRead More – Source

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